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Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum Try to Challenge Ted Cruz

By  |  October 10, 2017, 10:37am  |  @ewerickson





Remember that scene in Iowa? Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum headed off to an event with Donald Trump after failing to get traction. Both thought Iowa was theirs having seized on Christian conservative sentiment in 2008 and 2012? Now, with Ted Cruz taking all the oxygen away from them they were bitter and, plotting with the establishment, out to get Cruz. They showed up at a Donald Trump rally where they did the “kneel before Zod” routine while attacking Cruz.

They are still at it, having never forgiven Ted Cruz for beating them in Iowa. Their latest ploy is to get an establishment challenger against Cruz who will pretend to be to Cruz’s right.

Bruce Jacobson, the executive producer of a Christian cable television show called called Life Today TV, has been quietly weighing a run against Cruz, according to a spokeswoman for the group Texans for Texas.

Jacobson has not returned phone calls from The Dallas Morning News, but a decision to launch his campaign could come within days. The filing period for the March primaries starts in November.

Texans for Texas, a super PAC that’s been around for about a year, is having a fundraiser Monday in North Richland Hills, where Jacobson lives. He’s listed as the event’s special guest.

According to Federal Election Commission reports, the group has raised $25,000 for the 2018 elections.…

Jacobson, who is well-known among Christian conservatives, could court support from former presidential contenders such as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Apparently, Jacobson isn’t even a principled conservative like Cruz. He’s just a Huckabee sort of clone who talks Jesus while being okay with growing the secular state. And notice that last paragraph. There are some people wondering what the actual relationship is there. I’m told pretty reliably that Huckabee is pushing this and Santorum is probably connected. That paragraph about getting their support was not a random, throw away paragraph.

Cruz already has one establishment hack coming after him from the left within the GOP primary. The guy is a lawyer who claims Cruz isn’t playing well with Mitch McConnell. Now we’re going to get this guy pretending to come at Cruz from the right. The media will love both so they can attack Cruz from all sides. But if I were Cruz, I’d be looking around thinking I’ve got attacks from left and from pretend right, so I must be doing something actually right.

By the way, don’t think the timing here is coincidental. Steve Bannon came out yesterday and said Cruz would be the one GOP Senator who does not get challenged in 2018 in the primaries. Huckabee probably wants to assert his supposed power and influence, not that he really has much.