Reid Epstein’s article on Sen. Cruz isn’t a flattering portrayal of Sen. Cruz. Frankly, Sen. Cruz’s statements sound whiny and jealous. When Sen. Cruz said “I understand that in the media newsrooms and in the Washington establishment circles, Marco is the chosen one”, it came across as if Sen. Cruz is jealous that Sen. Rubio is getting glowing attention from reporters. At some point, Sen. Cruz should examine why he isn’t getting positive coverage in the press.

It isn’t a secret that Sen. Cruz loves bragging that he isn’t liked by “the Washington cartel.” He wears like it’s a badge of honor. If Sen. Cruz wanted more positive coverage, it might help to not wear his disdain on his sleeve.

That isn’t to say that Sen. Cruz should thirst for the MSM’s approval. Conservatives shouldn’t want that. There’s a difference in degrees, though, between wanting fair coverage and wanting the MSM’s approval.

Launching into bitter-sounding diatribes won’t improve Sen. Cruz’s image with voters. Already, Sen. Rubio is reaching out to the entire Republican Party, something that Sen. Cruz should’ve already started. Instead, Sen. Cruz did this:

Later, inside the packed bar while a repeat of Wednesday night’s hockey games played on the flat-screen TVs, Mr. Cruz launched into another tirade against Mr. Rubio, seeking to cast doubt on the Florida senator’s argument he’s the most electable in the GOP field.

“The media adores him,” Mr. Cruz said. “These are the same people who told us Bob Dole was the electable one, that told us John McCain was the electable one, that told us Mitt Romney was the electable one. You’re always the electable one until you win the nomination, and then you cannot possibly win the election.”

First, comparing Sen. Rubio to Dole, McCain and Romney is like comparing Cadillac Escalades with a Prius. While they’re both vehicles, that’s where the similarities end. Rush Limbaugh never said that Dole, McCain or Romney was “a legitimate, full-throated conservative.”

What’s worse is that Sen. Cruz’s unscripted complaining diminishes him. Rather than being bitter, Sen. Cruz should work on not being as antagonistic as he’s been thus far this campaign.

The reason why the press likes Sen. Rubio is because he’s actually an interesting, positive person. What person, whether they’re a member of the media or not, doesn’t appreciate listening to calm-tempered people over bitter-sounding people?

Rather than complaining about Sen. Rubio, Sen. Cruz should try changing his approach towards the media. Loosen up a little. Don’t be an antagonist. It might help.

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3 Responses to “Sen. Cruz diminishes himself”

  • eric z says:

    Cruz did win Iowa.

    Rubio did not.

    Cruz is popular among local GOP thought leaders, or was a while ago when Strib reported on an Inner Party straw poll.

    Rubio seems a compromise candidate. His militarism and persona remind me of George W. Bush. Others may see other qualities I miss.

    Who are Rubio’s advisors? Is that something with a known answer, and if so where online might that information be found? These seem to be questions that media coverage has ignored. Should such questions be regarded as irrelevant? Are Rubio funding sources irrelevant? What then would be relevant? What the man says? Words can come easy.

  • eric z says:

    I need to understand some parameters, so Gary and/or readers help me.

    If Rubio comes in third again, in New Hampshire, and then third again, in South Carolina; would those again be establishment victories? Touted as such in MSM and by party regulars?

    What then, would it take to constitute a Rubio defeat?

    Aside from somebody else getting the brokered convention nod when that time arrives?

    Presuming the scenario, third again in New Hampshire, third in South Carolina, then endorsed as the candidate at the convention, would that leave a few disgruntled people?

    Just wondering.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, Sen. Rubio will finish 2nd in NH. Trump’s margin of victory won’t be as big as polling now suggests. If Sen. Rubio finishes strong in NH, he’ll have gained momentum heading into the friendly territory of SC, where 2 of the state’s 3 most popular Republicans, Trey Gowdy & Tim Scott, have endorsed Sen. Rubio. Also, SC has lots of Christians & lots of military bases. SC is a good fit for Sen. Rubio.

    If Rubio wins SC, NV & Florida, which is a distinct possibility, he’ll have a legitimate path to the nomination. Cruz has the organization & the money to compete but so does Sen. Rubio. Rubio’s advantage is that he’s got a better message that appeals to more parts of the GOP.

    I’d put the odds of a contested convention, which is different than a brokered convention, at no better than 10%.

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