Ted Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, has heard the line about how the Party needs to become more moderate to win Presidential elections. â€œIt is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always â€˜Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats,â€™Â â€ he told me. â€œThatâ€™s been true for my entire lifetime. The chattering classes have consistently said, â€˜You crazy Republicans have to give up on what you believe and become more like Democrats.â€™ And, I would note, every time Republicans do that we lose.â€ Cruz then offered a short history of recent Presidential politics. Richard Nixon ran as a conservative, twice a winner; Gerald Ford, moderate, loser; Ronald Reagan, also twice a winner. â€œPresident George Herbert Walker Bush ran as a strong conservative, ran to continue the third term of Ronald Reagan, continue the Ronald Reagan revolution,â€ Cruz went on. â€œThen he raised taxes and in â€™92 ran as an establishment moderateâ€”same candidate, two very different campaigns. First one won, second one lost. In 1996, you got Bob Dole; 2000 and 2004, you have George W. Bush; 2008, John McCain; 2012, Mitt Romney. And what does the entire D.C. Republican consulting class say? â€˜In 2016, we need another establishment moderate!â€™ Hasnâ€™t worked in four decades. â€˜But next time will be the time!â€™Â â€
Great speech but factually incorrect.Â If Reagan was in power now, he would be lambasted by guys like Cruz for being too liberal and a RINO, a Republican in Name Only.