Ted Cruz for President

Donald Trump bid badly wounded in Iowa

Timothy Stanley, CNN

The reason why we were reluctant to tip Cruz as the likely winner, however, was because we were all suckered by The Donald's hype. Ted Cruz has a bounce but will be eclipsed in a lot of media chatter about Trump's defeat and Rubio's rise. Trump obviously isn't going anywhere -- he's still way ahead in polling in New Hampshire. But he's badly wounded. The Trump pitch was always that he was a winner. He won by promising to win. Now that he's lost, his halo of golden hair will slip.

Cruz bets Iowa pitch will also play in N.H.

Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

“Marco Rubio was part of the ‘Gang of Eight,’” said Jean Johnson. “That was it for me.” The 77-year-old voter said Mr. Cruz has won her support for the way in which he fought the “establishment” and the “inside-the-Beltway boys who think they have a lifetime position.

Marco Rubio is the establishment GOP's new kid in town

John Kass, The Chicago Tribune

Rubio, the senator from Florida, came in a victorious third in the Iowa Republican caucuses, or at least that's how the establishment GOP and their handmaidens in establishment media will spin it. He's now the heir to the Bush family establishment legacy whether the Bushes like it or not.

My Quick Takeaways from the Iowa Caucuses

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

To the surprise and disappointment of the establishment media, the conservative movement is alive and well. It is united, working and voting, which points to a movement conservative governing America in 2017.

Why Trump Lost Iowa

John McCormack, The Weekly Standard

What most analysts and pollsters got wrong is that they believed a big turnout would mean an electorate with a smaller percentage of evangelical Christians. In fact, according to one entrance poll, evangelicals made up 64 percent of the 2016 electorate. And that pretty much explains Cruz's victory. He won 34 percent of evangelicals, while Trump won 22 percent and Rubio won 21 percent. Among the 36 percent of caucusgoers who aren't evangelicals, Trump took 29 percent, Rubio took 26 percent, and Cruz took 18 percent.

Cruz Cruises to Victory

Rebecca Berg and Carl M. Cannon, Real Clear Politics

Cruz and his team envisioned a national campaign from the start, but it necessarily depended on a strong showing in Iowa. His success here hinged on bringing together factions of the conservative wing that have fractured in recent presidential elections. “If conservatives unite,” Cruz liked to say, “we win.”

Ted Cruz Restores Sanity To The GOP

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

It turns out that voters showed up to stop Trump. Seventy-five percent of Republican voters in Iowa voted against rank jackassery. Urban Republicans went with Rubio. Suburban and most rural Republicans went with Cruz. The voters of the GOP refused to have their party hijacked by a man who has excelled at identifying problems, but confused that with offering solutions.

Cruz caucus eve rally hits Trump

W. James Antle III, The Washington Examiner

"This race is down to Ted Cruz and Donald Trump," said Iowa social conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats. "No matter who you support, if you are not comfortable with Donald Trump as the nominee, you need to vote for Ted Cruz."

Toward a Conservative Populism

Ramesh Ponnuru & Rich Lowry

The worst outcome of this political season would be for Trump to win the nomination — remolding conservatism in his image and weakening its attachment to limited government — and then lose the election. Not as bad, but still a cause for alarm, would be for Trump to lose the nomination and anti-Trump conservatives to breathe a sigh of relief and carry on as though nothing had happened.

Ted Cruz's American Restoration

Caroline Glick, Real Clear Politics

Ted Cruz is, to borrow Margaret Thatcher’s term, a conviction politician. He isn’t in politics to make a deal. He is in politics to make a difference. Ted Cruz has proven that he alone has the courage and the competence to lead an American restoration.

Bush, Cruz-Rubio Rivalry Emerge in Trump-Less Debate

Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics

Ted Cruz drove home a key difference he sees between himself and Trump. “The central question in this race is trust,” he said in his closing statement. “Examine our records, pray on it and I will be honored if you and your family will come caucus for us on Monday night.”

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives See Presidential Race as Trump vs. Cruz

Conservatives are confident that an outsider such as Cruz or Trump can win the nomination, with 76% taking that position and only 10% disagreeing.  However, 84% are concerned that GOP insiders may find a way to nullify the wishes of the grass roots at this summer’s convention.

Skipping Fox debate is Trump’s first major misstep

Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post

Donald Trump’s announcement that he will boycott Thursday’s Fox News debate is a major strategic blunder — the first of his otherwise brilliant presidential campaign. If he follows through on his threat, he could regret it because skipping the debate makes Trump look weak and Trump’s campaign is centered on his image as the toughest candidate out there, Republican or Democrat.

How Donald Trump and Ted Cruz differ on the issues

Major Garrett, CBS News

Sarah Palin's endorsement helps Trump deflect attacks from Cruz over Trump's conservative credentials. But the candidates differ on several issues, including taxes, government surveillance and immigration.

The GOP Establishment Has Found The One Thing That Can Make Donald Trump Palatable: Ted Cruz

Ryan Grim & Sam Stein, The Huffington Post

There is ample reason for Republican insiders to feel more affinity to the real estate mogul than to the brash Texas tea party senator. As Craig Shirley noted, Washington has spent decades doing business with Trump, if not personally begging him for checks.

Long-Time Leaders of Conservative Movement Unite in Support of Ted Cruz

Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart

Richard Viguerie, the pioneer in direct-mail fundraising, makes the conservative political case for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign with the vigor and energy of a man five decades younger. “Ted Cruz is the best conservative candidate since Ronald Reagan,” Viguerie tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “He’s what we’ve waited for ever since Reagan. He checks all our boxes.”

Conservative Radio to Donald Trump: Like Ted Cruz or You Lose

Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast

We already know Trump can do just fine without mainstream national political media, and that he can do pretty well with minimal support from the conservative blogosphere. But can he win if he loses talk radio? We may be on the cusp of finding out.

Ted Cruz goes hunting with Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson in new Iowa ad

Christine Ayala, The Dallas Morning News

Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Roberson has a short list of requirements for his presidential candidate; “Is he or she Godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo?”

What Ted Cruz’s ‘New York values’ attack is really about

Paul Waldman, The Washington Post

The truth is that for all the candidates talk about unity and being a president for all Americans, the reality of geographic divisions is undeniable. Blue states are getting more liberal in their laws (raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, passing gun restrictions) while red states are getting more conservative (encouraging more gun ownership, restricting abortion rights, waging war on unions).

Ted Cruz Tells Voters to ‘Doubt the Credibility’ of Donald Trump

Matt Flegenheimer, The New York Times

Sen. Cruz contrasted his record with Mr. Trump’s support for the Troubled Asset Relief Program to rescue the banking system, President Obama’s stimulus plan and eminent domain. And he noted that for all of Mr. Trump’s attention to immigration during the campaign, the developer was “nowhere to be found” when Mr. Cruz and his congressional allies moved to squash an immigration overhaul in Washington.