Republicans suddenly seeDonald Trump as the more acceptable candidate if the choice is Cruz or Trump. The prevailing belief is that Trump can be controlled by the establishment but there’s another theory.
The Republican establishment could be trying to use Trump to defeat Cruz. The purpose would be to boost Rubio’s chances since he is now the establishment candidate of choice. That’s the supposition of a National Journal writer.
National Journal reporter Josh Kraushaar stated what many believe is the obvious:
If Cruz loses Iowa, he peters out in New Hampshire and doesn’t pose a risk of finishing in a respectable second place. That allows the establishment winner out of the Granite State to build momentum as the anti-Trump alternative. A decent number of Cruz’s supporters, when asked to choose a second candidate, gravitate to Rubio. Polls show many more of Trump supporters, by contrast, would support Cruz. And even with Trump’s improving favorability numbers within the GOP, there are more Republican voters who wouldn’t vote for him under any circumstances than say the same about the senator from Texas.
Republicans would rather see Hillary win than Cruz. They can’t control him and Hillary is establishment. They are even willing to take a chance on Trump winning the nomination.
Trump has very high unfavorability ratings and the party is betting Rubio could beat him in a matchup but they have to dispatch Cruz. Trump is viewed unfavorably by 54.5% of the population in an average of 88 polls. He’s more unpopular than Barack Obama.
Cruz is keeping Trump conservative. If Trump wins the nomination, he will move towards the center. They all do but it will be especially true of him.
If Cruz wins in Iowa, it keeps it to a two-man race between non-establishment candidates. A win-win for the disgusted and fed up.
Cruz is an enemy of the establishment. He went to DC to do what his constituents want and that’s not the DC way. The elites don’t want to leave their comfort zone. We have a Marxist in the White House and a communist or an incompetent liar in line for the presidency, but, still, they don’t hear. It’s business as usual.
While we are trying to debate, analyze, and plan, we have the unpredictable American voter. A woman I know won’t vote for Cruz because she thinks he’s unattractive and at least Hillary is a woman.