Too funny! Tweeter suggests Ted Cruz could win in 2016; Fmr. presidential campaign co-chair for McCain and Huntsman mocks

CNN political contributor Ana Navarro was the National Hispanic Co-Chair for the presidential campaigns of John McCain in 2008 and Jon Huntsman in 2012. That said, Navarro still believes she can spot the winners, and doesn’t think Ted Cruz could be victorious in 2016. Navarro even snarked that the tweeter suggesting Cruz could win in 2016 might have ulterior motives:

McCain was recently on the receiving end of a smooch-fest from Democrats after he lead the charge to pass the immigration bill in the Senate, and Huntsman served in the Obama administration and wrote glowing letters of praise to the president. In other words, if Navarro wants to know what Democrats think, she should ask the people she tried, and failed, to put into the White House.

  • V the K

    McCain and Huntsman are the kind of Republicans liberals love; the kind who lose.

    • Jeremy

      Yeah and that is why this woman is an idiot.

  • NixTyranny

    The lady who helped McCain pull in a whopping 31% of the Hispanic vote in 2008 knows what exactly about presidential elections?

  • I M Free

    McCain and Huntsman are all (Presidential) bitter losers. They are part of GOP’s wolf pack on a sheep’s clothing.

    • trixiewoobeans

      You know, it really is all about THEM, the Country and it’s citizens be damned, Left, Right and In-Between. It’s like they’re completely unaware of their effect .It’s ego and personal gain all the way.

  • peteee363

    I only have one reservation on voting for cruz for president. he has no executive experience yet. but if all others running are similar, cruz wins hands down! I only wish my senators had a set like cruz, I am jealous of texas residents over their excellent senator.

    • Elaine

      Obama’s win proves you don’t need any experience AT ALL to become President.

      • Garth Haycock

        Both wins, actually.

    • Billie Slash

      Cruz has a very distinguished career.

      –Solicitor General of Texas 2003-2008
      –Director of Policy Planning-FTC
      –Domestic Policy Advisor to Bush/Cheney campaign 2000
      –Associate Deputy AG, Justice Dept.
      –Law clerk to Justice Wm. Rehnquist
      He has also has done 40 oral arguments before the SCOTUS, and was instrumental in representing for “D.C. v. Heller”

      He’s got the chops to be President.

  • rinodino

    Please Please Please let Cruz be the Republican Presidential Nominee for 2016 general election……….

    Hillary’s prayer she says each morning, afternoon and night for the next few years.

    • CatHerder

      Mine too. Though not for your reasons.

    • Billie Slash

      She’s a washed up hag with blood on her hands. She prays just to wake up every morning.

    • GrandsonOGrumpus

      Yeah, probably so— nobody could accuse Ol’Turkey Drumsticks er, Hillary, of sound judgment.

      From marrying a serial adulterer and probable rapist (but “you should put some ice on that…” thought) to her intervention on the behalf of pardoning convicted terrorists, to the most recent boner of her flaming train reck of a “career”— that being her inverse of a “stellar performance” as SoS, we’ve got a huge body of empirical data with which a statement of her incompetence can be supported.

      So, no, I wouldn’t find it surprising if, after her “hail” to her master she prays Cruz will be her opponent.

      It would be just one more case of poor judgement.

      • Garth Haycock

        Are you really the grandson of GrampaGrumpus? (I think that’s his name here.)

        • GrandsonOGrumpus

          yes I am one of his grandchildren— there are a huge crowd of us. Most days you can’t “swing a dead cat” w/o hitting one of his posterity!
          The Grumpus™ is fading.
          Originally he asked me to read his favorite online sites to him and type any comments he had. He’s become too weak for that, but through expose to the drubbing traditional values take daily, I’ve gained an interest in “defending Constitutionalism”… which might have been the point of the exercise. TheGrumpus often teaches that way…
          As I’ve said,though, he’s burned most of himself hanging on until George got back, he’ll probably pass on in the next week or two. He hasn’t completely stopped eating yet, which is promising.
          Please excuse the construction of this comment… for some reason the Disqus entry field is tiny, allowing only 8 words to show and I’m unable to scroll back.

          • Garth Haycock

            Please let him know that his friends on twitchy are thinking of him. And as a member of the same faith, I would like to add his name onto the prayer roll the next time I do a session. If there’s any way we could figure out how to contact each other away from twitchy, I’d like to do so. I’m just not comfortable putting my email on a public site such as this one.

          • BenInNY

            I don’t know him but something in your comment makes me like him.

      • BenInNY

        Good God man. Hillary and “boner” in the same comment?! I may change my name to Scarred Forlife.

    • Jeremy

      Please Please get a working brain.

      • Finrod Felagund

        He’s a troll, getting a working brain is physically impossible for him.

  • RblDiver

    She says he can’t win? His chances just shot up by 50%!

    • BAW

      If we could just convince “establishment” Republicans. That is, of course, if winning is their actual objective.

  • lonestar

    What’s the matter Ana Navarro, afraid Cruz will get more votes than your boys? If Huntsman and McCain are the kind of winners you can spot, I’d bet on Cruz.

  • $27789750

    Speaking of mocking, Huntsman made a fool of himself in his petulant attempt here in NH. He and his daughter put on a few sulk fests disguised as town meetings. It was mildly cringe inducing.

    • GOPvoter

      Huntsman was the best qualified candidate the GOP had and we blew it. He had a better conservative record than Mitt Romney did and he was FAR more electable in a general election. Romney was the “local guy” who had run before. But Huntsman worked harder than any other 2012 candidate did in NH. And his town hall meetings in NH demonstrated that Huntsman was the best option we had. The only one with diplomatic experience and an excellent record as a conservative governor. It was a huge mistake for the party not to have supported Huntsman. We handed Obama an election that we should have won — and would have won if Jon Huntsman had been our nominee. Clearly, not enough Republicans wanted to actually win the 2012 election.

      • $27789750

        Glad that some one was so strongly on his side. My impressions were different. Aside from credentials which were good enough, he struck me as tentative…he appeared to be waiting for the approval of his audience instead of throwing himself into the fray win, lose or draw. When the enthusiasm he seemed to want was not there, he behaved petulantly, seeming to blame it on the listeners lack of discernment. Whether or not this was the case, I don’t know. It was how I saw the situation at the time.

    • GOPvoter

      Huntsman was the best qualified candidate the GOP had and we blew it. He had a better conservative record than Mitt Romney did and he was FAR more electable in a general election. Romney was the “local guy” who had run before. But Huntsman worked harder than any other 2012 candidate did in NH. And his town hall meetings in NH demonstrated that Huntsman was the best option we had. The only one with diplomatic experience and an excellent record as a conservative governor. It was a huge mistake for the party not to have supported Huntsman. We handed Obama an election that we should have won — and would have won if Jon Huntsman had been our nominee. Clearly, not enough Republicans wanted to actually win the 2012 election.

  • louisiana_mom

    …Navarro still believes she can spot the winners….

    How’s her track record going? McCain, Huntsman??? I have an idea… let’s go with someones this woman doesn’t think stands a snowballs chance of winning!

  • $27789750

    If I were giving odds, Christie is the statistical front runner as things stand now, if he decides to run.. Cruz, no matter how one feels about his politics, is the slow horse. Whether or not this remains true is intriguing. Rubio? He’ll probably give it a go. Pretty much a given that Hillary will run unless fate takes a hand. An election year for the history books.

    • rinodino

      I agree, Christie and/or Rubio should be considered the front runners against Hill

      • 1SkepticalChick

        You wish.

      • GOPvoter

        Rubio will look like a little leaguer next to Hillary. He has great potential but he is not ready to be president in 3 years. Rubio needs a lot more experience.
        I like some things about Chris Christie but his temperament will hinder him. It’s not presidential.

      • GOPvoter

        Rubio will look like a little leaguer next to Hillary. He has great potential but he is not ready to be president in 3 years. Rubio needs a lot more experience.
        I like some things about Chris Christie but his temperament will hinder him. It’s not presidential.

    • V the K

      There is barely an eyelash of difference between Christie and Hillary on matters of policy.

      • $27789750

        Hillary has not said much yet, except in support of Obama which, frankly, is often more expedient than sincere. BUT…I suspect Hill and Christie differ much on spending, unions and education. Probably more, but these are the three that came to mind quickly.

        • V the K

          Aside from yelling at a few unionized teachers … and props for that… there’s not much in Christie’s record to suggest that he isn’t just another blue-state establishment moderate. The business and tax climate in NJ is pretty much the same as when he took office. He hasn’t reformed education. He hasn’t put in place Scott Walker-type reforms on unionized public employees. And he castigated House Republicans who wanted to take the pork out of the Sandy Relief Bill (which ended up being more pork than actual relief.) Also, he’s very pro-gun control.

          • $27789750

            Perhaps you know better than I as I don’t live there. Still going to keep my ears and my options open. I know I don’t want Hill, so we’ll see.

          • http://drudge.com snyper77

            He gives good “Hug”

  • notenoughtime

    Hard to not chuckle when McCain and Huntsman’s campaign were less than successful. Only Palin reinvigorated McCain’s appeal. Cruz WILL be our guy in 2016! This time around true conservatives are not going to be railroaded by the RINO’s whose mindset gave us not 1 but 2 terms of O.

  • Luke_JSL

    There he is again, its big….scary…..TED. The number one source of chest pain and shortness of breath in liberals.

  • b_truit

    Cruz……..Cruz….Cruz…Cruz, Cruz, Cruz Cruz!

  • Luke_JSL

    Cruz, Cruz, Cruz!

  • GrandsonOGrumpus

    if Navarro wants to know what Democrats think, she should ask the people she tried, and failed, to put into the White House.

    Tried? Says who? There’s absolutely no evidence to support such a contention.

    I suspect you’re simply being over- magnanimous.

  • digitalPimple

    Huntsman and McCain. Yup.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    WAAAHAHAHAHAHA! Cuz she has spotted some REAL WINNERS in the past!

    • GOPvoter

      Huntsman’s problem was getting through a primary when Fox and the conservative media gave him little attention while fawning over Herman Cain — a guy who NEVER held elective office and was grossly underqualified to be president — and others who had zero chance of winning the general election. Jon Huntsman was the only electable candidate in the 2012 general election, and most people could see that. Obamas’ team certainly did.

    • GOPvoter

      Huntsman’s problem was getting through a primary when Fox and the conservative media gave him little attention while fawning over Herman Cain — a guy who NEVER held elective office and was grossly underqualified to be president — and others who had zero chance of winning the general election. Jon Huntsman was the only electable candidate in the 2012 general election, and most people could see that. Obamas’ team certainly did.

  • neoface

    Huntsman and McCain are just has been, time to ride into the sunset. We need more people like Cruz in GOP, bring the party back to relevance.

  • screamingmad

    Remember Obama-D has a lot of fails to make before the 2016 elections. He’s yet to finish off his Dem supporters. But he will.

  • RUexperienced

    I would like to see a Republican with more than a couple years experience get the nomination.

    Cruz is good. But his time has not come yet.

    • GOPvoter

      Agree on the experience issue. After 8 years of Obama, if the GOP doesn’t nominate an experienced candidate, then shame on us. Not only do voters tend to replace one president with another who is very different (i.e., one who has strengths that are his predecessor’s weaknesses), but the country will want someone with prior executive experience who can get things done. Ronald Reagan was a 2-term governor and had been on the national stage for decades by 1980. George H.W. Bush had served in Congress, China, the CIA and had spent 8 years as VP. Senators Cruz, Rubio and Paul have nowhere near the experience level that is needed to be president in 2016. Neither did Obama in 2008, so let’s not repeat that mistake. (Additionally, Cruz and Paul are unelectable in a general election.)

    • GOPvoter

      Agree on the experience issue. After 8 years of Obama, if the GOP doesn’t nominate an experienced candidate, then shame on us. Not only do voters tend to replace one president with another who is very different (i.e., one who has strengths that are his predecessor’s weaknesses), but the country will want someone with prior executive experience who can get things done. Ronald Reagan was a 2-term governor and had been on the national stage for decades by 1980. George H.W. Bush had served in Congress, China, the CIA and had spent 8 years as VP. Senators Cruz, Rubio and Paul have nowhere near the experience level that is needed to be president in 2016. Neither did Obama in 2008, so let’s not repeat that mistake. (Additionally, Cruz and Paul are unelectable in a general election.)

  • KhadijahMuhammad

    No more senators without statehouse experience, please — even for a guy as solid as Cruz. Learning (or not) on the job is getting old.

  • V the K

    Right, because the GOP can only win when it runs good establishment moderates like President Romney and Senator Scott Brown.

  • Kent Straith

    You can downvote the previous comment all you like, but you may as well downvote the law of gravity. And I don’t even mean this from a partisan perspective. Ted Cruz cannot win a national election in this country. Obama won ALL the swing states in the last election, so give Ted Cruz all the states Romney won, and then…what? What four swings are going to go his way when they just went Obama’s What four swing states are going to reject Mitt Romney, and then go for someone more strident and harder to like than Romney? You say Romney was beaten because the media didn’t like him. You think they like Ted Cruz MORE? You think they’d be easier on Ted Cruz than on Mitt Romney? Without a single commentary on how brutally crazy and mean Ted Cruz sounds to the average American…it’s simply not going to happen. The math isn’t there. If anything, it’s moving in the opposite direction. The fact that Republicans can’t win with moderates doesn’t mean the problem is with moderation. It’s that the right wing of your party has spent six years saying so many brutally crazy things at the top of their lungs, people will reject a moderate that has an “R” next to his name. Your problem is not with your positions as much as it is with your identity. Being MORE conservative isn’t gonna help.

  • BenInNY

    Romney wasn’t beaten because the media didn’t like him, but because many conservatives and a wide range of libertarian minded people didn’t. It was a bit of a nose-holding vote for me and a “why bother?” for way too many people I know.

  • V the K

    Cite examples of Ted Cruz being “crazy and mean.” Thank you.

  • Kent Straith

    All due respect, and I mean this with affection, but that’s bullshit. Not the part about too many Conservatives not particularly liking Romney. The part about there being a vast untapped resource of Conservative non-voters. Voting against Democrats in 2010 was one thing. That was fine, and you won, and huzzah. But voting against Barack Obama PERSONALLY? That was frickin’ Christmas. The Conservative movement looked forward to this day so much they started their debates twenty two months before the election. And one by one, as the incompetent fell away and the truly nutty revealed themselves, it was left, at the end, to Mitt Romney. And he lost. You can call that Mitt Romney’s fault, or you can call it the failure of establishment thinking…but Mitt Romney was the guy who could make it through a primary. Mitt Romney was the guy whose positives outweighed his negatives enough to get to the fall. Ted Cruz will never, ever, ever be President. Ever. Write my name down. Look me up and throw stuff at my car if I’m wrong. But the Senate is the furthest this guy is ever going to go.

  • Kent Straith

    I only need one obvious, top of my head, dis-qualifier to the Presidency. Ted Cruz wants to gut Social Security. He’s gone on record many times as saying he wants to raise the eligibility age, cut benefit levels, and privatize what’s left. And please, I couldn’t care less about defending this plan as the right thing to do. Your job is not to defend this plan. Your job is to sell a guy who said that on the record to old people. And not just old people. Old people scared enough and malleable enough to think you can be a Communist and a Muslim at the same time.

  • BenInNY

    Ah I should have specified: I’m not living in an area where everyone is so concerned about politics and government that turnout is above “blech.” When I mentioned the conservatives and libertarian minded people I’m talking about the people I BS with at the bar who don’t have a strict affiliation. Not twitter users focused on elections. These are people in need of someone who grabs their attention and truly resonates with their core beliefs. Neither Romney nor Obama did that in ’12. While it may have been a misinformed opinion in many respects, they felt they had a choice between 1a and 1b rather than 1 and 2. I tried to convince a bunch of them that wasn’t so, but that’s a hard case to make when you’re less than enthused. I was able to correct the lies the media told in many cases, but it was a losing battle with these people.
    Mitt Romney didn’t make it through a primary, he made it though a circular firing squad with a media temporarily on his side.
    I could never go after your car–unless it’s one of those horrifically boxy Scion looking things. I’m not a praying man, but I do hope you’re wrong that the senate will be Cruz’s highest office.

  • BenInNY

    Communism, maybe not as often (ex: Siad Barre was CP until the USSR left Somalia hanging), but socialism is more common than you may think in it’s pairing with islam. Yeah this is tangential but you might like to check out Islamic Socialism for research purposes.

  • V the K

    So it’s “crazy and mean” to admit that Social Security in its current form is unsustainable and will collapse if it isn’t reformed.

    Love the way liberals “think.”

  • Kent Straith

    Thanks for the clarification. And, really…no animus here, but I do follow politics on an hour by hour basis. And Cruz doesn’t have the votes in Pennsylvania. Or Ohio. Or Michigan. or Iowa. Or Colorado. Or Wisconsin. If you total up the states Ted Cruz doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell against…like NO chance…a generic Democrat wins 367 electoral votes against him. That’s Cruz winning every single place he has a chance to win. If you give him half the places he has a chance to win, added to the places he’ll naturally win, a generic Democrat wins 398 to 140. When your best case scenario is an utter bloodbath rather than a total devastation, it’s not the time to find things that are good about a person. It’s time to find a different person. A person who can win. The Republicans have, currently, only one. And he likely can’t get through a primary cause he hugged Obama.

  • BenInNY

    It’s already time to find someone else? That was quick (and 2 years early IMO). I’d take note of who the media is extremely focused on trying to destroy and/or promote at any given moment. Sometimes it’s legitimate (Hi, Aiken. Akin?) but many times it’s the most viable prospect, like it was with Reagan.
    Support is built or lost over time and candidacies are built, not analyzed once and forgotten.

    We’ve gone with the supposed “person who can win” many times over. That has gotten us Clinton in 96, Obama in 08 and Obama in 12. I’m not even positive Bush would have won a second term without the various war and security issues, though I’m unable to think of a case where a primary in an incumbency election is a good idea. Unless the incumbent is in the other party.
    Either way, it’s FAR too early to be considering anyone for president. Especially when congressional elections will be staring us in the face just a year from now.

  • screamingmad

    It’s way too early to tell. A lot is going to happen before the elections in 2016.

  • Kent Straith

    Maybe going with “the person who can win” isn’t the best strategy. Maybe it filters out ideological purity. But it’s a lot better than the alternative: “The ideological white knight who’s guaranteed to lose.” If stating your goals and then getting creamed is your desired outcome, then by all means, run Ted Cruz. If you want to govern, you have to actually show up with somebody who has a chance. America is not getting more conservative. It’s moving to the left, and it’s getting browner. You need to deal with that to have any shot.

  • Kent Straith

    For the purposes of this illustration, yes. It’s crazy. Because old people vote. And telling old people, and people who are soon to be old “under my plan, you’re going to be getting way less money, AND start getting it later” is a losing proposition. It all depends on where you want to get. If you want to get to Fox News, do that. If you want to make policy, you go with something else.

  • V the K

    An America that keeps electing politicians on the basis of who promises to use more of other people’s money to buy them stuff isn’t going to last. Nor do I care if the Republicans put up Christie in 2016; there’s barely an eyelash of difference between Hillary and Christie, policy-wise.

    See, to me and others like me, this isn’t a game. This isn’t about cheering for “our” side over who gets to hang the banner in the White House. This is about economic and fiscal realities, and the inability of our political class to confront them.

    If someone like Ted Cruz can’t win, then America is beyond saving. If Americans are going to keep voting for unsustainable policies and inevitable collapse, so be it. Let it burn.

  • screamingmad

    “Old” people will not be touched by that plan. It would be set up to apply to young people. Cruz is much too smart to jerk the rug out from under seniors who are dependent on SS.

  • Kent Straith

    Two things:

    1. If it’s not necessary to drastically reduce benefits for current seniors, regardless of how they feel about it, it turns out this crisis has been more about politics than reality all along. “America’s Debt Crisis” needs fixing NOW, not twenty years from now, right? Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a giant clock on stage at your convention.

    2. Seniors don’t really pay close attention to dates, and they freak the hell out whenever someone mentions Social Security. It has the name “the third rail of American politics” for a reason.

  • screamingmad

    I am 70 years old. I live in a retirement community of a few thousand seniors. I pretty much know what seniors think. We don’t “freak out”. We have many years of experience in life. You are wrong on both counts. Rearranging Social Security is first step toward fixing things. We have grand children and great grandkids. We don’t have to imagine what they are going to be like. We look into their faces now. We want the best for them. Quit making up stuff about who Seniors are. We are stable mature people. That other stuff is pure politics.

  • Kent Straith

    If seniors are so stable and so mature, why do I get so many e-mail forwards from my mother about things that were debunked and disproven years ago. Seniors will believe ANYTHING that shows up in their e-mail box. You may well be an exception, but not the rule.

  • screamingmad

    Perhaps she is the exception. We are not fools. Even my father at 93 sees things as I do. Now that we are using parents as examples.