In a secret meeting, top conservative power brokers gathered over dinner to talk about Ted Cruz, the failed Republican presidential candidate from Texas, and his future. They were plotting how to mold him into the likeness of Ronald Reagan, or their interpretation of the former president, in order to bring Cruz back.
It is an interesting challenge, because Trump has already defeated Cruz once, but apparently, these movers and shakers don’t believe Trump will win in 2016. The conservatives’ plan is to get Cruz set up in his Senate seat to “spearhead the conservative movement” for the next four years.
The meeting was not among senators and representatives. In fact, even Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not on this elite group’s happy list.
This power group met at the home of conservative activist Brent Bozell in Virginia. When asked about McConnell, Bozell laughed and said:
‘In any gathering of conservatives, if you don’t have a negative comment about Mitch McConnell then you didn’t have a good conversation.’
According to The Hill, the group contained the spectrum of economic, national security, and social conservatives, which included the following: Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, Club for Growth President David McIntosh, direct-mail guru Richard Viguerie, National Rifle Association board member and former Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell, and Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
The purpose of their dinner was to consider how they could “harness their vast financial and human networks” to aide in Cruz’s rise from the ashes.
Bozell refused to reveal off-the-record conversations, but did say the dinner “was not about what Ted Cruz was going to do with Donald Trump.”
‘There was just discussion of the future of the movement and the future of Ted Cruz as the leader of the movement.’
‘There are a lot of similarities with Reagan in ’76, where Reagan came very close and then in ’80 won the presidency.’
There was general consensus among the conservative group. Bozell said that he had “a feeling of enthusiasm for [Cruz] going forward.”
‘He was with kindred spirits, and I would say most people in that room see him as the leader of the conservative movement.’
This group doesn’t like Trump all that much either. McIntosh, leader of the conservative group Club for Growth, handed out millions of dollars trying to stop Trump. Now, his organization is committing funds to help Republicans maintain their control in the House and the Senate.
McIntosh would not reveal private conversations at the dinner, but did say:
‘I think [Cruz] earned the position of being the leader of the conservative movement in terms of an elected official.’
‘Talking to him … I think he’s thinking about how to do that and ready to step into that leadership role.’
McIntosh is a big Ronald Reagan fan, and he tells Cruz, “You’re Ronald Reagan in 1977 and you’ve got a choice: Are you going to take on the leadership of the movement?”
Another conservative activist at the dinner, Morton Blackwell, likes Cruz for president. He said that the failed candidate “would’ve been the first Reaganite that the Republican Party has nominated for president since Ronald Reagan.”
‘I am very high on Sen. Cruz, and I know that there are millions of other people committed to conservative principles that share my view.’
‘If he ran for president in 2020 he would still be in his 40s.’
Bozell said they were plotting the future:
‘We didn’t look at the political, again on purpose. We wanted to look at the future of the movement from the standpoint of ideas.’
‘Although, clearly I would say most people in that room would like to see him run for president again.’
Do these guys have a clue who Ronald Reagan was? The former president couldn’t get re-elected.