GOP Strategist Says Cruz is Best Candidate Since Reagan

According to long-time GOP/conservative strategist and direct mailing pioneer Richard Viguerie, Sen. Ted Cruz’ decision to enter the race “changes everything in the 2016 presidential campaign.”

Viguerie, who has been associated with the more conservative end of the GOP and various independent parties says Ted Cruz is the first great “first tier” candidate since Ronald Reagan. Viguerie lays out three reasons for his analysis in a press release:

First, is his ability to unite all three elements of the old Reagan coalition; national defense conservatives, economic conservatives and social conservatives with the new fourth leg of the 21st century’s winning conservative coalition – the constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party movement.

Others, such as Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul may have some appeal to elements of that coalition, but no one unites it the way Ted Cruz does.

Second, is Ted Cruz’s understanding of and almost spiritual bond with America’s country class – the voters outside the Beltway who have looked with alarm at Obama’s fundamental transformation of America and seen not a spending bill to be negotiated or a deal to be cut, as the Republican establishment does, but an existential threat to American exceptionalism and the future of constitutional government that must be resisted at every turn.

Finally and perhaps most importantly, are Ted Cruz’s zest for the battle of ideas between conservatives and progressives in both political parties and his intellectual gifts for fighting it.

The Ted Cruz campaign is planned as a great conservative crusade to, as he put it in his compelling announcement speech at Liberty University, reignite the promise of America.

I’ve made it quite clear elsewhere that I personally don’t agree that Cruz can actually compete with Mrs. Clinton in a general election. This isn’t to say I don’t like Cruz. I love the guy. But the best candidate is not always the most conservative one. I just have a hard time imagining independents voting for Cruz, who has been constantly pictured as a far-right zealot, over Hillary, who will have the backing of most of the biggest media outlets in the nation.