The Washington Post by Jennifer Rubin
Sen. Ted Cruz’s wipeout in the New York primary, while expected, nevertheless rattled many Republican insiders and activists who did not foresee the magnitude of the defeat. Is Cruz crumbling? Was Wisconsin an anomaly?
The Cruz campaign set itself up, sending the candidate to campaign for days in New York and suggesting that Cruz could pick off congressional districts. He didn’t, and worse, came in third. Expectations should have been kept low. Really low.
Just as they recovered from New York, anti-Trump Republicans looked up to see a batch of polls from the states that will be voting on April 26. Trump is ahead by a healthy margin in all of them. Gulp[…]
Rumors abound that Ted Cruz is on his way down. We shall see.
According to the Huffington Post, many GOP voters now see the Senator from Texas as an establishment candidate, which is not good in an election season that is anti-establishment.
…In a new HuffPost/YouGov survey, 62 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say that Cruz is more of an establishment candidate, while just 29 percent describe him as an outsider. That’s a marked shift since December, when just 36 percent considered him part of the establishment….
As pointed out in the article, after the suspension of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) campaigns the GOP elites and donors rallied around Ted Cruz and while it may have been a plus for the GOPe, Cruz found himself re-labeled as establishment.