I think I know why Ted Cruz is running for president in 2016


Senator Ted Cruz is the new kid on the block, at least in terms of having a recognizable national impact on the political conversation. He’s only been in the US Senate for 4 years, but he just announced his candidacy for president, and I think I’ve figured out why.

Love him or hate him (or both, in alternating moments, as such an outspoken figure tends to force upon you), Cruz is an extremely intelligent man. He graduated from Princeton, then Harvard Law, where he edited the Harvard Law Review (just two years after one Barack Obama was its president). After clerking for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Rehnquist and advising President Bush, Cruz served as Solicitor General for the state of Texas for five years. He knows the Constitution backward and forward (probably literally).

But surely he’s smart enough to know he has no chance of winning either the nomination or the general election in 2016. Surely.

Then why? Continue reading