Longtime conservative and libertarian activist Richard Viguerie spoke boldly about the future of the GOP and the party’s best hope for the presidency: Ted Cruz .
Viguerie knows a thing or two about the war occurring within the ranks of the GOP; he is the author of Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It, and a staunch supporter of the conservative faction that remains embroiled in a civil war of sorts within the Republican Party as moderates battle with conservatives for the steering wheel of the party and, indeed, the country.
In an interview with Breitbart, the activist was bold in his assessment, saying, “Cruz is the best candidate I’ve seen since Ronald Reagan and in many ways he’s more ideologically consistent than Reagan.” Viguerie argued that the establishment’s backing is spread across several candidates, but all conservatives can get behind Cruz.
He noted that the party hasn’t been united since 1988 and “only Cruz has potential to unite the party.”
For decades, the Republican Party has paid lip-service to the “three legs of the Republican stool”- fiscal, social conservatism and national security- but Viguerie argues that this model is outdated as it fails to incorporate the Tea Party element and the libertarian elements that closely-align with conservativism.
With this in mind, Viguerie argues that Cruz can not only attract the aforementioned elements, but the establishment GOP as well if he is offered the chance.
Viguerie’s assessment is spot-on regarding the changing dynamic of modern Republican politics. If there is any issue dominating the Republican election cycle it is frustration- frustration with the party for continuing to fail to provide real leaders, frustration with the media’s ever-increasing bias, frustration with the current direction of the country and the Republicans’ ability to stop it, but unwillingness to do so.
Understandably, conservatives have flocked to the bombastic billionaire, Donald Trump, who has undeniably changed the national conversation. “Fighting back” is the order of the day, but once secured, will Trump know what to do with his newly-won Oval Office?
Cruz may not be as flashy as Trump, but is every bit as frustrated as Trump and his followers and possesses the leadership abilities necessary to steer the ship from the rocks.
In this view, it’s clear that while Trump has many positive attributes, Cruz is the firmest choice for party unification and a return to constitutionally-limited government.