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Monday, September 10, 2012

Why Did Ted Cruz Win the Texas Primary?

To the surprise of the pundits, pollsters and predictors who think they are smarter than the rest of us, Ted Cruz won the nomination for U.S. Senator from Texas in the Runoff Primary. A few months ago, he rated only 2 percent in the polls, but on Election day he coasted to a 14-point win. His victory wasn't because he had more money or more prestigious endorsements or more valuable connections or more political experience. Maybe he won over the establishment-backed candidate because he touched some hot-button issues that the grassroots care about but are ignored, or even belittled, by the Mainstream Media.

Ted Cruz got on the people's side of the immigration issue, which is hot with the grassroots but ignored or distorted by the Mainstream Media and the so-called establishment. Immigration is surely is both a social and a fiscal issue. Ted Cruz is not one to pander to the Hispanics, as the Democrats do as well as many Republican power brokers who seek cheap labor. Cruz has lined up on the side of those who want the rule of law not open borders, assimilation not amnesty, ending chain migration, and reducing the numbers of immigrants until America does a better job of assimilating the millions of legal immigrants we have welcomed into our country.

Another issue turned out to be an opportunity for Cruz to score points with the grassroots. Because Cruz boasts a compelling narrative about his Cuban heritage, his major opponent challenged him to a Spanish-language debate. Cruz wisely declined to fall into that trap. The American people support English as our national language and don't want politicians seeking our votes in any foreign language.

The Mainstream Media have been trying to pigeonhole the Tea Party crowd as people who are not smart enough to play on the national stage. It's probably been a big shock to some that Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, is a graduate of Princeton and the Harvard Law School, and has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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