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Ted Cruz at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa 11/2015). Photo: courtesy of Gage Skidmore Flickr, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ted Cruz at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa 11/2015). Photo: courtesy of Gage Skidmore Flickr, (CC BY-SA 2.0) 

With the 2016 Iowa caucuses just around the bend, rumors of a steel cage, tag team elimination match has surfaced.

Targeted for elimination: Senator Ted Cruz.

Endgame: “Anybody but Cruz”….hey wait a minute. I thought it was “Anybody but Trump.”

Moving on.

Tactic: Nudge Republican voters into supporting Marco Rubio over Cruz.

National Review by Tim Alberta & Eliana Johnson

As the Texas senator solidifies his front-runner status with just over a month to go before the February 1 caucuses, a loose network of social-conservative activists has undertaken a quiet effort to defeat him by any means necessary — even if that means rallying together behind a more electable rival to their own preferred candidates.

Many supporters of Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, the last two winners of Iowa’s Republican presidential contests, are grappling with a pair of grim realities as the 2016 caucuses approach. Not only have their candidates been stuck in the low single digits for months in Iowa, but they also view Cruz, the new front-runner, as a phony opportunist who has pandered to Evangelicals for political gain, particularly in Iowa. And they fear that if Cruz notches a win in the Hawkeye State — especially if he does so by a wide margin, which many Republicans now view as a distinct possibility — he will emerge as the overwhelming favorite to capture the nomination […]

Once again, because of the Republican Party’s disdain for the U. S. Constitution and those ordained by the GOP establishment as right wing extremists and “wacko birds”, the leadership is advocating itself in the foot rather than abide by the will of the people.