Ted Cruz Is Throwing Everything But The Kitchen Sink – Obvious Agenda Polls, Naming Carly Fiorina As VP, Governor Pence’s Sketchy ‘Endorsement’ – At Indiana For A Last Attempt At A Relevant Political Career
By Mary B. Blair @Skifflegirl
During Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s so-called ‘powerful’ (Mark Levin’s words, not mine) endorsement of Ted Cruz, Governor Pence – sounding pensive – said, “I particularly want to commend Donald Trump…and I’m particularly grateful to him for taking a strong stand for Hoosier jobs…” referring, of course, to Trump calling attention to the devastating news of Carrier air conditioners leaving Indiana for Mexico. This also happens to be the latest incarnation of Ted Cruz/Carly Fiorina’s campaign, part of a $3.8 million media blitz aimed at Indiana.
Unfortunately for the Cruz/Fiorina camp, any mention of Carrier will only remind voters that it has been one of Donald Trump’s central talking points for many months.
Senator Cruz is trying anything and everything to boost his floundering bid for president, a goal he has talked about since his first days as a Princeton undergrad.
The fact that the senator’s only path to run for the office at this point is to hope that he can somehow get nominated on a second or third ballot at a contested convention is a testament to how disjointed and even bizarre his efforts to remain relevant now seem.
Newt Gingrich had this to say upon the naming of Carly Fiorina as the VP pick:
Out of touch, flailing for attention, attempting to lessen his creep factor with women… CNN wrote an article saying that Cruz had an Indiana plan: Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.
Seems like that is exactly what we are seeing now. The CNN story goes on: “The surreal elevation of Carly Fiorina to his presidential ticket on Wednesday was the latest sign of Cruz’s increasingly narrow path to the Republican nomination, a campaign that is depending on a series of desperate attempts to widen it ever so slightly. Cruz’s campaign is throwing a variety of messages against the wall here, hoping something will stick.”
Indeed, Erick Erickson’s The Resurgent published a delirious piece about a brand new poll from Down Center Polling, citing that 400 Republican voters (with an almost 5% MOE) over an almost two week span favored Cruz by 15 points! “The volatility of the electorate means all campaigns should view these results cautiously,” pollster Andrew Downs said in a statement. What is the Downs Center? Well, if you google it, you find that Andrew Downs is a professor at Purdue University who does political polling every four years. Or so. There has been no actual access to the polling data in order to ascertain the methodology and the actual questions asked. Just bottom line numbers published in local newspapers, The Hill and, of course, Erickson’s web rag.
“There’s a lot of pessimism seeping in. Psychologically, I think he does have to win Indiana.” said Erickson, a close friend of the Cruz campaign and a leading proponent of ‘never Trump.’
The Downs poll is at the very least an outlier and at worst a propaganda poll. The people of Indiana should be angry because of the sheer, unmitigated condescension of the professional political elites towards them. Basketball rings. Sheesh.
John Kass of the Chicago Tribune wrote about the recent Cruz/Kasich partnership and compared it to a famous buddy movie he never wanted to see: “I can easily avoid “Thelma and Louise,” but who can ignore Ted and John? Cruz and Kasich are holding hands now, too, and driving off their own cliff in their awkward noncompetitive alliance to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination.”
Since Ted Cruz announced on April 27th that he had selected Carly Fiorina – another failed presidential candidate (whose campaign received $500,000 last year from a Cruz Super PAC) – who else but the biggest failed presidential candidate, low energy Jeb Bush, praised the decision. On CNN, Jeb! told Jamie Gangel: “I’m impressed with her. Picking a candidate that is talented, tough — she takes on Trump really well, I think, and she takes on Hillary Clinton very well, as well. (She’s) someone who’s got a proven record, who’s been vetted by a candidate, I thought it was a smart move.”
“Vetted by a candidate.” Interesting choice of words there, Jeb. She was also vetted by voters and they rejected her. No mention of that, “please clap.”
Could the $500,000 that Keep The Promise 2 gave Ms. Fiorina have something to do with the fact that Carly’s deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, was depicted as one of Senator Cruz’ former conquests in the notorious National Enquirer exposé? Inquiring minds want to know.
However, according to a story at Conservative Treehouse, billionaire Cruz backer Robert Mercer is behind Fiorina as well:
“….The fact that Mercer owes the IRS between $6 and $10 billion, and is in a legal dispute over payment,… in connection with Mercer setting up the Keep the Promise (KtP) Super-PAC before turning it over to David Barton (Glenn Beck affiliate),…. and then Mercer giving Carly Fiorina the start up money from KtP to begin Carly for America,… and then Mercer purchasing the Data Analytics for Ted Cruz,….. and then Mercer buying influential interest in the Breitbart website to the benefit of Cruz….. All gives the brutally obvious motive of a quid-pro-quo.
Robert Mercer spends $100 million to get Ted Cruz the White House; Ted Cruz then turns around and leverages a better IRS result for Robert Mercer.
One of Cruz’s primary campaign points is the elimination of the IRS and the imposition of a flat tax. If successful, that would save Mercer $6 to $10 billion.”
Things that make you go, “hmmm…”
Expect to hear about voting irregularities on Tuesday May 3rd in the Indiana Primary.
Cruz & Company are desperate and the polling done by Professor Downs at Purdue University is being cited all over social media as proof that Cruz can beat Donald Trump in the state. No matter that Real Clear Politics has had Trump’s average lead over Ted Cruz in Indiana at between 6 – 9 points for over two weeks. Internal polling has Trump’s lead in double digits.
Expect televised results to be delayed if Trump’s numbers are better than expected because the corporate media is used for maximum effect to blunt any good news for Americans and to lessen the significance of victory for the businessman and his supporters.
Ted Cruz was not expected to lose so profoundly in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Coincidentally there were no reports of voting irregularities in those states where Trump won landslide victories on April 26th.