Bear with me please. Barack Obama stormed the castle in 2008. He conquered the dragon – and no one saw it coming – well, perhaps Dick Durban. But everyone today concedes that Obama is a masterful politician. Like him or not, agree with him or not, Obama came to play hardball. He came with masterful speech writing and speech delivery. His political ground organization was second to none. Barack Obama was a young Black small time politician from Illinois with a funny name – and he won the Presidency two time. Part of his success was that his opponents underestimated him. Is Ted Cruz the Republican Obama.
Do not underestimate Ted Cruz. To be clear up front, I am no fan of Ted Cruz. I am an Obama liberal. With that said – Ted Cruz is a master politician. He is quick witted, articulate, reasoned, prepared, organized, and not afraid of any big bad Wall Street tycoon. Ted Cruz put together an astonishing ground game in Iowa. Just as Obama did eight years ago. Ted Cruz has crept up on the bombastic front runners just as Obama did eight years ago.
I encourage all to watch the following youtube video of excerpts from the debate that occurred last night, January 14, 2016. Listen with an open mind. Watch for Cruz’s command over speech. Watch for how he handles pressure. His lines were likely prepared but he jabs them like Ali’s left jab – graceful and effective.
Again, I am no fan of Ted Cruz. But Ted Cruz is a force to be reckoned with.