Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

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Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by Reub » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:46 pm

I've been watching Ted Cruz in the news these past few days and he seems to come off very impressively. He seems very thoughtful and exceedingly eloquent. I'm starting to think that a Cruz/Palin presidential ticket might be quite formidable in the next Presidential election. What do you think?
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by Pointedstick » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:50 pm

No. It would be a disastrous ticket. About 40% of people would love them, and the other 60% would run screaming.

Picture a Pelosi/Warren ticket. Same thing. You can't win by only appealing to the base and ignoring independents who dislike extremism. The ranks of those independents grow year by year, so appealing to them becomes more, not less important.
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by doodle » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:51 pm

It would certainly provide a lot of material for Saturday night live.
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by doodle » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:52 pm

You can't win by only appealing to the base and ignoring independents who dislike extremism. The ranks of those independents grow year by year, so appealing to them becomes more, not less important.
I don't think the republican party has quite learned this lesson yet.
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by MediumTex » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:57 pm

If Hillary Clinton has wet dreams, they would probably involve facing a ticket like that in 2016.

Ted Cruz is enjoying his 15 minutes right now, but it won't last.  Take that FWIW from someone who lives in Cruz's home state and has seen a lot more of him than the rest of the country has.
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by tennpaga » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:58 pm

It would make Hillary Clinton unbeatable, if that's what you mean.
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by l82start » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:05 pm

i don't know that Cruz isn't just another pandering politician, my hunch is that he is "in it" right now for the exposure and branding more than ideals, Palin is already the cheese-wiz of  conservatism,
a horrible combination ticket, it wouldn't get my vote 
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by MediumTex » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:14 pm

In 2016, Cruz would have barely been in the Senate for one term, which would make him about as inexperienced as Obama was in 2008.

I say give Cruz another 10 years to develop a record and some experience and maybe think about running in 2024.  He will be in his early 50s then, so he has plenty of time to work up to something like that.
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by MediumTex » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:18 pm

If it helps anyone read the tea leaves, John Cornyn (the other Republican Senator from Texas) is distancing himself from Cruz's efforts to filibuster the spending bill unless it de-funds Obamacare.

What does that tell you about the depth of Cruz's support among fellow Republicans (or even fellow Texas Republicans)?
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by dualstow » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:23 pm

I think their slogan should be "Smooth Sailin' with Cruz/Palin."
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by Tyler » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:33 pm

Meh -- I think Cruz/Palin wouldn't get very far.  Regardless of whether you agree with her, I personally think Palin on a ticket is a total non-starter.  Hillary would have a field day with her.

I'm more inclined to think about who would be a strong VP on a Rand Paul ticket.  Interestingly, Obama's power grabs (Syria, Obamacare delays, NSA, IRS, etc.) have started to make even his own party notice, which could open the door for a more libertarian-leaning message.  Ideas?
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Re: Would Cruz/Palin Be An Unbeatable Ticket?

Post by Pointedstick » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:37 pm

I think Rand would make a better VP myself. Still too inexperienced.
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