As the silly season continues, CBS News reports that Trump is still on top and Ben Carson is still second. The real lede, however, is buried in paragraph two. Guess who’s #3? If you didn’t read the headline, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer:
The rest of the Republican field is in single digits, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz inching up into third place with nine percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with eight percent. Businesswoman Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush follow at six percent each. Former Governor Mike Huckabee has also slipped considerably since the summer, from eight percent in August to just two percent today.
Cruz has been running a very strong ground game in Iowa and is well poised for the SEC primaries. Also, as the flash-in-the-pans start to fade (hopefully), and Cruz gets more facetime with the American people, voters will start to see that he doesn’t come across like the nasty guy Big Media says he is.
And he is smart as a whip. He would crucify Hillary Clinton in any debate. Rubio can’t. He’s too callow.
I’m still banking on Cruz. In my morose moods I worry a little that the electorate will fall for the empty celebrity of a Trump. But on an early Sunday afternoon on this lovely Columbus Day weekend, I am feeling good about Ted Cruz.