It Looks Like Ted Cruz Might Be Running For President Again.

And his chances aren’t any better than they were in 2016.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readNov 28, 2022


Ted Cruz via Alex Brandon/Pool via REUTERS

I admittedly love the horse race aspect of electoral politics, and while 2024 might be a long way off it’s been genuinely amusing watching potential GOP hopeful contenders begin to get ready. With Donald Trump already declaring his candidacy, it’s been clear for a while now that Florida’s Ron DeSantis is almost certainly going to be his top rival.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that others aren’t going to try.

Shane Goldmacher with The New York Times writes:

“Senator Ted Cruz aggressively worked one ballroom, taking selfies and staying for handshakes with donors and activists for so long the linens had already been cleared…

…The first auditions for the role of leading Trump alternative consumed the Venetian hotel over the weekend, onstage and off, as nearly a dozen Republican potential presidential candidates tested their strategies and messages days after the former president declared his 2024 candidacy…”

Yep. Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz.

After all these years and the humiliation he has put himself and his family through in the process, Ted Cruz appears to genuinely believe it’s worth giving the Presidency another shot. It’s nothing more than mere speculation at this point, and yet the secondhand embarrassment is almost unbearable.

I pride myself in consistently doing my best to imagine myself in someone else’s shoes, and get a glimpse of their perspective to understand their reasoning behind the actions or lack thereof. But with Ted Cruz, it’s almost impossible.

I genuinely do not know how someone could be this craven, and have such a lack of self awareness and deep delusion of grandeur that after everything that’s happened, the thought that he could be President would still even be crossing Ted Cruz’s mind. Donald Trump literally mocked his wife’s looks and spread rumors that his father was a serial killer…and he still bent the knee.

By all means, Senator. Run. See how it turns out for you.

If I was Ted Cruz, I wouldn’t even be able to look at myself in the mirror and live with myself let alone stand in front of a crowd of people and attempt to convince them I’m the one they should vote for. But I suppose that was one of the few silver linings of the Trump era for the Republican Party as it began, right? Donald Trump managed to debase every single one of his opponents, and reveal them as the pathetic cowards that they are.

And yet clearly, some of them still can’t manage to accept their fate, can they? They genuinely don’t know that their political aspirations are over, all thanks to the man they ended up bowing down to in the end.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at or Twitter @xlauren_mx