I’m often asked how we can take down this or that corrupt politician. My answer is usually the same: vote them out! It may seem a little too obvious, but it’s usually a lot more realistic than the kinds of magic wand ideas that tend to go viral on Twitter. This brings us to Ted Cruz.
Short of a criminal indictment for his role in the Capitol insurrection, which is entirely beyond our control, the only way for us to get rid of Ted Cruz is to focus on the fact that he’s up for reelection in 2024. That’s still a long way off, but the groundwork for it begins now. The more we amplify his worsening scandals, the more it’ll drive down his approval rating, which is step one in voting any politician out.
In fact, if we can make him so toxically unpopular that he begins to fear the humiliation of losing in 2024, then he might feel compelled to announce that he’s not seeking reelection. From there he becomes marginalized, and could end up deciding to resign early. But even if playing up his scandals and driving down his approval rating doesn’t lead to his early ouster, it still lays the groundwork for taking his seat from him when he’s up for reelection.
Considering how corrupt, unfit, and odious Ted Cruz is, the prospect of having to put in a couple years of work to get rid of him doesn’t sound appealing. We want him gone now, right? But there are no magic wands for that, at least not ones that we can control. We only ever win by chipping away at the bad guys, piece by piece, until they collapse. Then we get their seat, and we can do good with it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report