The Ted Cruz Crusade: Part 1, A Cause in Search of a Strategy—unless the Cause Was to Bring Ted Cruz to a Specific Kind of National Attention


The following piece was written by my former student and friend Mike Lamm. Mike is a reporter for the Decatur Daily Democrat.


A recent poll by NBC news and the Wall Street Journal confirmed what most of us already know; that despite a concerted effort by the GOP to cloud the facts, most Americans blame Republicans for the most recent government shut. In addition, the poll shows that only 24 percent of the population has a favorable view of Republicans in general (the lowest number in the poll’s history), and fewer than 21 percent hold a favorable view of the Tea Party.

This is damning news for the Tea Party and favorite Ted Cruz, (R) Texas, who had led the charge on Capitol Hill to hold the government fiscally hostage in a failed attempt to force the Obama administration to make concessions on the Affordable Care Act, the…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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