Who’s Hot? Ted Cruz; Who’s Not: “Gentle Ben” Carson

November 7, 2015

by Steve Wagner

The Republican mating ritual is getting down to brass tacks: policy substance is of increasing importance, and the two candidates whose persona is most about substance are Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina.

The field continues its winnowing, now down essentially to four candidates: Trump, Carson (for the moment), Rubio and Cruz (though Fiorina is capable of a come-back). Cruz is lapping everyone other than Carson in fundraising, having had a great 3rd quarter and a strong post-debate bounce. He has released a tax plan which is superficially attractive (whether or not businesses get to deduct wages will determine its actual stimulative effect and political appeal). But Cruz also gets that the narrative on why economic growth is so anemic must include over-regulation and the Fed’s monetary manipulation. He’s getting close to the whole package on economic policy.

Plus Cruz has all along been the choice of those voters looking for a fighter, the articulate candidate most willing and best able to tear into the presumptive Democratic candidate. Cruz is now certain – barring unforeseen developments (which means the possibility I am wrong) – to finish among the top three in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Say it Ain’t so, Ben

No candidate in the Republican field is less able to withstand the charge of biographical enhancement than Ben Carson. His political persona is entirely about character, trust, faith, I’m-not-like-the-others-ness. What compels a man of such objective accomplishment to dissemble about being accepted to West Point? Does he think he hasn’t done enough in his life? Does he hold his manhood cheap for not having served in the military? Whatever; the Carson appeal was, from a practical perspective, mysterious enough to begin with; now it is at risk of evaporating.

Steve Wagner is president of QEV Analytics, a public opinion research firm, and a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

Steve Wagner is president of QEV Analytics, a public opinion research firm, and a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

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9 comments on “Who’s Hot? Ted Cruz; Who’s Not: “Gentle Ben” Carson”

  • ezekielspath says:

    Why is it America refuses to acknowledge that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are NOT ELIGIBLE to be the President of the United States??? Everything after that is mute. Cruz according to the Constitution is not even eligible to be a U.S. Senator since he did not give up his Canadian citizenship until last year. As a Republican and a conservative I am tired of holding my nose every time we vote. Either the people we elect are honest and true or just plain ordinary liars.

    The debates are a joke since NO ONE is asking the hard questions holding these people to their records and past decisions. America needs to wake up after the damage that has been done especially in the past 7 years.


  • jk105 says:

    brinor67 jk105 Yes, you need all the prayers you can get!  Nice self-awareness on your part.

  • brinor67 says:

    jk105 brinor67 Name calling (Dr. Stabby – pathological liar)  isn’t normally  associated with Christians so I’m thinking you are claiming something you do not practice.  However, I’ll take all the prayers I can get.

  • jk105 says:

    brinor67 In other words, you don’t care that Dr. Stabby is a pathological liar.

  • jk105 says:

    brinor67 jk105 As a Christian, I pray for your deformed soul.

  • brinor67 says:

    jk105 As a Christian I will pray that none of your progeny has need of a pediatric brain surgeon who may have been trained by Dr. Ben.  Oops… you won’t have any progeny will you?  So sorry.

  • brinor67 says:

    Scholarship?  Appointment? Picky, picky, picky!  Every cadet who does well in ROTC is invited to try to get an “appointment”…..  which means it is free which also  it could be referred to as a scholarship.  Sheesh.  Don’t jump on that bandwagon.  That being said, Ted Cruz is the smartest kid on the block and has my vote.

  • OutnProud says:

    Yes, love it. The GOP is cycling through the crackpots, not a one of them able to dislodge Trump – the biggest crack pot of them all.

  • jk105 says:

    Yes, Dr. Stabby has been exposed to be a pathological liar.  Some Christian!

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