Brilliance Thwarted By Pornography
Ted Cruz has, to the surprise of nobody, gone negative. His two primary targets are Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. His reasons for attacking Trump are obvious, but his reasons for going after Rubio are two-fold. Against the latter was was the most brilliant ad I’ve seen this cycle. It’s a “Conservatives Anonymous” meeting, wherein conservatives explained how they were taken in by Marco Rubio to their existential lament.
The ad served two purposes. First, to weaken Rubio who is right behind him in the South Carolina polls. Second, though, to pick up his voters. There is a surprising overlap between Cruz supporters and Rubio supporters, in both directions. So if he can pry off a Rubio voter -- especially one who views himself or herself as conservative -- Cruz stands to benefit. Cruz being Cruz, the only fault in the ad is that it was too harsh. The message should have been “You made a mistake. It’s okay. It’s a new day and you can walk the right path.” Instead it mocks them. But even so, it was a really good and cutting ad.
And they’ve pulled it.
It looks like the @tedcruz campaign pulled the “Conservatives Anonymous” ad from their YouTube channel. Very much appreciated, sincerely.
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) February 12, 2016
I was really quite shocked by this. It was getting a lot of criticism, but good heavens it was brilliant! And since when does Ted Cruz back off from being too mean? Well, it turns out that vinegar wasn’t the problem. Sugar was.
The Cruz campaign is taking down its new anti-Rubio ad after realizing that it features a porn star https://t.co/ndJd66YBga
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) February 12, 2016
Ah, well. For the moment, you can see the ad here: