Rotten on Cruz (#LoseWithCruz)
The commenter “Rotten” wrote this comment (which I think is worthy of being highlighted in its own blog post):
Cruz is running as Romney, but with a different equally creepy religion.
Romney lost because he started out with 47% of the country against him, he could not effectively respond to Democrat smears, and because there are no evangelicals in the swing states he needed. This year, demographics are worse for the Republican and there is no reason to believe Cruz will win any states Romney wouldn’t. He’s a weaker candidate.
Cruz has not gotten any negative attention at all from Democrats so far, which is why polls are bogus. They will destroy him.
Those voters who stayed home? Cruz narrative is that they were TrueCons repulsed by Romney. He’s wrong, those are the Trump voters.
Look at Wisconson vote tallies. Supposedly the Dem race is also competitive, so this will give a good indication of the strength of Rep vs Democrat. Trump’s polling numbers are sky high for a Republican among independents and Democrats, and if he could get a Republican backing, then he could win the state. Cruz will win the republican opposition vote that always loses in a state that has gone Dem in the last 6 elections (and the demographics keep getting worse).
As for lose with Trump, a lot of that is just blue pill thinking. “You can’t win unless you do things a certain way.”
Mitt Romney’s religion is definitely weird, but Romney did an excellent job of not talking about it and keeping it out of the mainstream media (which finds it icky to talk about people’s private beliefs as long as they maintain a proper patrician attitude about it). Cruz, on the other hand, preaches his religious beliefs like a preacher.