I’ve been a movement conservative since college. My first job out of college was working for Paul Weyrich; I worked in the Reagan White House; I’m a single-issue life voter, and just like you, I take it as a badge of honor when the national press call me a right-wing nut.
This memo is for people who care about replacing Justice Scalia with a constitutional conservative, people who care about stopping abortion and defending unborn babies, people who care about rebuilding America’s defenses, people who want to protect the right to keep and bear arms, people who want to stop this mindless slide toward a culture of dependency on government, people who oppose the increasing secularization of American culture, and people who think free speech and religious liberty are of vital importance.
If we fail to elect a conservative to the White House this November, we are toast.
Ted Cruz is a conservative.
Donald Trump is a great entertainer, he amuses me, and he’s a wild card who could do just about anything in office.
Okay, so far so good. Now consider:
Rubio has an excellent chance of winning in November against either Clinton or Sanders.
Cruz has an excellent chance of losing in November against either Clinton or Sanders.
We’re not sure whether Trump could win in November, but we have no idea what he would do on any issue, so it really doesn’t matter much.
We have to win. Rubio would likely win. He is a conservative. If you care about the issues listed above, you have to help him win. It is that important. Maybe you like him, most conservatives do. But maybe you don’t for some reason, maybe the Gang of Eight thing sticks in your craw. Okay. You have to decide — are you a conservative? Or just a grudge-holder? Does it matter if we rebuild America and stop the crazy leftward lurch toward moral relativism? I think it does. Get over yourself, and get with the program, before we screw this country up in a fatal manner. Obama and the left-wing crazies have done massive damage. This is not a game. We have to win.
Advertising against Trump and calling him names and exposing his madness is pretty much a waste of time, and will not accomplish much right now.
As long as we have three, or four, or five candidates running, Trump will win. He will get 30 percent to 40 percent of the votes and will win most states. No amount of ads or rational arguments will do anything to stop this. Nada.
It would be nice if Kasich and Carson would go away, but their vote share is shrinking, and they will effectively go away soon, whether they know it or not.The really important thing now is to get rid of Cruz and send him back to the Senate. Sorry. You may like him, you may not, but if you are a real conservative who actually cares about your principles — it’s time for Cruz to go away.
There is only one way to get a conservative in the White House, which is what we must do, and that is to eliminate Cruz so we can defeat Trump.
You cannot get rid of Trump until you reduce the field to two candidates — a Trump, and a conservative. That’s when and how we can be rid of Trump.
If we can force Trump to have to get 50 percent in a Republican primary, we can beat him.
If we wait too long, it won’t happen. So it’s time for us to have Cruz involuntarily committed . . . and placed back in the U.S. Senate.
Again, this only matters if you are conservative who is more wedded to your principles than you are to any particular candidates. It only matters if you are serious about your convictions. It only matters if you care about the future of your country.
— Curt Anderson is a Republican media consultant and a former political director at the Republican National Committee (1995–97).