As Texas Senator Ted Cruz vies for the top spot in some presidential polls with GOP front-runner Donald Trump, the newly reported words that President George W. Bush had for Cruz in 2000 seems to show Cruz is exactly what he says he is: a political outsider.
Back in 2000, Ted Cruz was working to get into national politics, and Politico reported on the results of the Texan’s attempts to get some sort of birth in George W. Bush’s Washington.
While the newser tried to make it seem Cruz “wanted to be part of the Establishment,” the truth seems to show just the opposite–his attempts were stillborn because he apparently just isn’t Establishment material.
Politico reports that people familiar with the conversation Cruz had with the 43rd president said Cruz had a whole list of things he would like to accomplish in a Bush administration.
“…consolidate conservatives yearning for a political outsider, how he would outflank the front-runner on the right, how he would proudly carry the mantle of the ascendant tea party to victory over entrenched elites.”
Apparently, though, after delivering his long list of conservative goals, Bush wasn’t biting.
“I guess you don’t want my support. Ted, what the h–l do you think I am?” Bush reportedly told Cruz.
From there, things seemed to go downhill for Cruz’s hopes that the Bush administration might help him out with his own political aspirations.
As Politico notes:
Almost from his arrival at Bush’s headquarters, colleagues say Cruz flashed many of the same assets and liabilities still on his political balance sheet: acumen and ambition, combative and conservative instincts, elbows as sharp as his smarts, a knack for self-promotion and rubbing colleagues the wrong way.
When Bush won, however, Cruz would not get the White House post he had dreamed of; instead, he found himself in the bureaucratic backwater of the Federal Trade Commission.”
Cruz himself said he wasn’t able to get into the Bush White House because he had “burned some bridges on that campaign” due to his “youth and immaturity” in politics.
Despite getting no help from the GOP establishment, though, Cruz went on to win a slot as the Solicitor General of Texas, and then in 2012 went to the Senate from the Lone Star State.
h/t: IJ Review