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Ted Cruz Ad Goes After Donald Trump’s Stance on Planned Parenthood

Nick Corasaniti, The New York Times

Ted Cruz’s campaign has opened a new line of criticism against Donald J. Trump, running an ad called “Currency” for Mr. Trump’s positions in favor of Planned Parenthood.

Can Ted Cruz Beat Donald Trump on Conservative Principles?

Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker

Ted Cruz is the best political tactician in the Republican race. He started his campaign by identifying a clear constituency—self-described “very conservative” voters—and acting as their undisputed champion. 

High-Tech Ted

John Stossel, Real Clear Politics

The Cruz campaign didn't send volunteers to every single door to ask people for their vote. They saved precious time by knocking only on doors of likely Cruz voters who might need a nudge to go to the polls.

Cruz Wins Posthumous Scalia Endorsement In SC GOP Debate

Internet trolls and the perpetually outraged will be predictably stirred-up by our headline, but in the race to memorialize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the South Carolina Republican debate the only candidate who actually got Scalia right was Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. 

Cruz Wins Posthumous Scalia Endorsement In SC GOP Debate

Internet trolls and the perpetually outraged will be predictably stirred-up by our headline, but in the race to memorialize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the South Carolina Republican debate the only candidate who actually got Scalia right was Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. 

The next five weeks look very, very good for Cruz

Aaron Blake, The Washington Post

It may not shock you to see the most heavily-white-evangelical states clustered in the South. Many of them are significantly more evangelical than Iowa, where 64 percent of the GOP electorate last week was evangelical. And Here's where it gets even better for Cruz: Heavily Christian Kansas and Louisiana and heavily evangelical Kentucky vote on March 5, followed by heavily evangelical Mississippi on March 8 and heavily evangelical Missouri and North Carolina on March 15. 

Bruised Marco Rubio Gets Nasty And Personal

Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

Senator Marco Rubio, opening a more aggressive phase of his campaign as he tries to reinvigorate his bid for the Republican nomination, suggested Thursday that Donald J. Trump may be too crude to be president and that Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, may be too inexperienced.

Will Ted Cruz’s Conservatism Sell in 2016?

Timothy Daughtry, Townhall

Are we seeing a conservative revolt in which, after seven years of Obama’s radical agenda and Republican collusion, fed-up voters are determined to restore rule of law and put the federal government back in its constitutional corral?  Or is 2016 more of a throw-the-bums out revolt in which outsider status trumps political philosophy?

Ted Cruz Keeps Winning

George Zornick, The Nation

Cruz’s campaign has been premised on uniting evangelicals and Tea Party activists in support of his candidacy, and while Iowa proved he has succeeded on the first count, New Hampshire showed that his whole plan is working.

Rubio's Revealing Loop

Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post

It's time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there. The void behind his prettified rhetoric was stunningly revealed in Saturday night's debate. Rubio sounded like a malfunctioning cyborg as he kept repeating one of his prepared lines.

Rubio repeats two nearly identical phrases — again

Hanna Trudo, Politico

Whoops, he did it again. Speaking at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire on Monday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio repeated two nearly identical phrases about family values and raising kids in modern times.

Rubio's Gaffe Knocked Establishment Off Its Preferred Track

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

In the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses, the Republican primary looked like it was going to unfold the way many analysts have been suggesting for months that it would: Trump fades down the stretch, Marco Rubio finishes a solid second in New Hampshire, consolidates establishment support, and puts the race away in late March or early April. In one brief exchange, Saturday night’s debate called this scenario into question. 

GOP debate: Rubio chokes

Shane Goldmacher, Politico

Marco Rubio knew exactly what he was doing on Saturday night. The problem was he flubbed it. The Florida senator went into Saturday night’s GOP debate with momentum. He ended it as a viral glitch sensation.

Pop Goes the Marco Bubble

Scott McConnell, The American Conservative

It wasn’t simply that Marco Rubio's answers during the debate were bad. It is that they were bad in a way that emphasizes Rubio’s organic weaknesses, that he lacks the credentials or leadership gravitas and experience that people associate with the presidency. 

Insiders: Marco Rubio crashed and burned

Steven Shepard, Politico

POLITICO political expert panel members panned the Florida senator's canned debate responses. 'Cringeworthy,' said one New Hampshire Republican.

Cruz Blasts Drafting Women, Media Tries to Twist his Words

CR Staff, Conservative Review

Ted Cruz opposes women in combat and drafting women, but liberal reporters conveniently left off the words psychopath “trying to kill them,” which clearly demonstrates Cruz was referring to his fear of women falling into the hands of the enemy, to make it sound like Cruz thinks American soldiers are psychopaths.

Robotic Rubio Reamed In New Hampshire Debate

When Marco Rubio was really being challenged for the first time  — by New Jersey Governor Christie, a world-class bully, no less — he wilted. He was like an artificially intelligent robot confronted with a logical question his programming couldn’t handle.

Trump Edges Cruz As New Hampshire Test Approaches

Going into the ABC Saturday night "dinner date debate" the FedUp PAC poll showed Donald Trump leading with 49%, while Senator Ted Cruz had 37% backing.  Marco Rubio, who seems to be emerging as the choice of the GOP establishment, had only 14% and is counting on a strong debate performance to boost the flagging hopes of the GOP establishment.

Rubio the Remainderman

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Marco is the fallback position of a reeling establishment that is appalled by Trump, loathes Cruz, and believes Rubio—charismatic, young, personable—can beat Hillary Clinton. But there is a problem here for the establishment; Rubio is not a barn burner; he is a malleable man of maneuver.

Cruz's Path to Nomination as Plausible as Anyone Else

Ross Douthat, The New York Times

If Cruz’s weaknesses were good reasons to give him low odds when this whole process started, they aren’t good reasons anymore. In a field that’s fluid and shrinking, he may not be the absolute favorite, but his path to the nomination is as plausible as anybody else’s at this point. And, Cruz has the money, the organization, and a network of elite support that can carry him through a long campaign.