Ted Cruz (still) has no friends

Early in the day yesterday, the National Review ran a story claiming that Ted Cruz was set to roll out the endorsements of four US senators. The news was taken as a sign that the party was ready to begin coalescing around him as Marco Rubio fades.

The story, while thin, was still seen as a major development. Especially since it’s long been well-established that, as far as his Senate colleagues are concerned, Ted Cruz has no friends.

As they reported:

Ted Cruz, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Ted Cruz, via DonkeyHotey / Flickr

Cruz has until now failed to earn the endorsement of any of his fellow senators, a fact that Donald Trump has beaten him over the head with. But as many see Marco Rubio’s prospects dimming, some members of the upper chamber are beginning to make peace with Cruz, convinced that he’s the only candidate who can stop Trump. If Rubio can’t clinch his home state of Florida on March 15, yet more may come forward to back the devil they know.

As it turns out, Ted Cruz hasn’t actually picked up any new friends. Later in the day, the Review was forced to issue a correction. You see, Ted Cruz still hasn’t made any new friends in the Senate:

An earlier post stated that Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign was set to unveil a series of endorsements from Cruz’s fellow senators. The report was erroneous. As of this writing, the campaign has no pending Senate endorsements to announce.

A major conservative publication walking back a report that Ted Cruz was set to receive his first endorsements from any of his colleagues is one of the most narrative-confirming events to take place this campaign since Marco Rubio sat in a chair that was wayyyyyy too big for him. There was a point long ago in this campaign where Cruz, who is universally disliked in the Senate, could have emerged as a credible anti-Trump candidate if only the establishment had been willing to back him. They didn’t. Now, faced in a similar, more hopeless situation, the establishment is again holding out for Rubio when Cruz is increasingly becoming their only hope.

The next time someone in Washington mumbles to a reporter that Ted Cruz has friends, they’re going to want to triple check.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • Opinionated Cat Lover

    Hey look! A troll in its natural environment!

  • Opinionated Cat Lover

    And then you got Trump and Cruz. :)

  • nicho

    Don’t try to reason with someone who is merely spouting right-wing talking points. There are no facts or logic behind them, and you’re wasting your time. You won’t get a reasoned answer — just more talking points.

  • nicho

    “Liberal republican?” Holy crap. There are no liberal Republicans. There are crazy Republicans, crazier Republicans, and “holy shit, look at that asshole” Republicans.

  • JaneE

    I suspect that what you think is wrong and what I think is wrong with this country are diametrically opposed. There is nothing in conservatism that mandates bigotry and intolerance. Nor is there anything in conservatism that guarantees prosperity. On the contrary, “conservative” economics has built the ever-slowing economy that keeps people from being able to support themselves, and their families. I would love to see political power returned to the people, but living in a small town, I see that having local control does not mean a lack of corruption, inequality, or just about anything else. If anything, our crime rate for embezzlement by public officials is probably one or two orders of magnitude higher than that of DC.

  • The_Fixer

    Do feel free to troll elsewhere.

  • Mark Heritage

    The most hated man in Washington is fighting to take back all that is wrong with Washington. Political power should be returned to the people, the communities and to the states. If your cool with the path we’re on that’s you’re right but millions of conservative Americans want a more prosperous path.

  • Outspoken1

    Naw – Grandpa Munster was a friendly, caring person.

  • JaneE

    I suspect that Ted’s supporters like the idea of a government that will force their lazy, sinning, and inferior neighbors to shape up or starve. They want a “Christian” government that lets them lord over others and force them to behave. They don’t even know Cruz the person, only the public persona. The senate has had to deal with the person.

  • FLL

    Good catch. Cruz bears more than a passing resemblance to Grandpa Munster.

  • Mark Heritage

    yet millions do

  • Mark Heritage

    “the shutdown shit-show”
    Nonsense. You sound like a liberal republican, or worse, a moonbat democrat.
    The media driven, so-called shutdown was inconsequential except that it revealed an unwillingness of both parties to reassess their government dependence positions.

  • Mark Heritage

    National Review publishes bogus story.
    National Review retracts bogus.
    National Review – once a conservative resource – now infested with journotools.

  • Don Chandler

    Poor Ted. Maybe Spot will endorse him.

    edit: how does one get rid of the [img] stuff?

  • The_Fixer

    And why would they? He’s a whiny, rat-faced with a voice that grates. Most people haven’t forgotten, or forgiven, the shutdown shit-show for which he was responsible.

    Oh, that and most people don’t want to embrace his extreme positions and are turned off by his policy proposals.

    What’s to like about him? Nothing.

  • gratuitous

    As much as the establishment dislikes Trump, apparently it’s not enough to drive them into the arms of Sen. Cruz. When you consider the mean, spiteful, petty, vindictive folks in the Senate Republican caucus, you have to wonder just how distasteful Cruz is that not one of them is willing to say anything good about him.

    I think we’re seeing the Republicans move toward the acceptance stage, and they will soon write off the White House for 2016.

  • percysowner
  • 2karmanot

    Nobody likes you Teddy Poo

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