Conservative activists huddle with Ted Cruz in Virginia

A group of powerful conservatives met at the Virginia home of Media Research Center founder L. Brent Bozell III on Tuesday to lay out vision for the future of the conservative movement.

Among the invited guests:  Former South Carolina Senator James DeMint, current head of the Heritage Foundation; conservative activist Richard Viguerie; former Cincinnati Mayor Kenneth Blackwell; Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List President; and economic group Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

In constructing a sober party platform and strategy for victory, the individual whom attendees most pinned their hopes to leading a conservative resurgence nationwide in 2020, also found himself on the guest list:  Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Devising a robust and comprehensive Republican strategy for the next decade, many of the invitees consider Cruz’s 2016 presidential bid nearly indistinguishable from President Ronald Reagan’s losing bid in 1976.

Although the guests remained quiet when queried about specifics of the meeting, Bozell did reveal a general theme guests agree with when the meeting broke.

Describing a “feeling of enthusiasm for Cruz,” Bozell related:

“There was just discussion of the future of the movement and the future of Ted Cruz as the leader of the movement.  There are a lot of similarities with Reagan in ’76, where Reagan came very close and then in ’80 won the presidency.”

“It wasn’t a function of ignoring [Trump] or he wasn’t worth our time.  There were people in that room who’ve taken different positions on this race. You’ve got the Never Trump and you’ve got people who are for Trump in that room.” 

“I wanted to keep the focus on the future of the movement and Ted Cruz.  He was with kindred spirits, and I would say most people in that room see him as the leader of the conservative movement.” 

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Cruz’s first term as the junior senator from Texas ends in January 2019, less than two years before the 2020 presidential election.


[The Hill] []


  1. Emily McBurney

    Defeatist and naysayers for Cruz 2016 should be taken with a grain of salt. I’d ignore any input from anyone who’s still supporting the presumptive nominee.  

  2. Jonathon Moseley

    While planning ahead and thinking things through is vitally important, the same old Old Guard talking to each other is part of the problem. I greatly respect and admire all of those dinosaurs. Every one of them still has important roles to play. But they are dinosaurs. It is the composition of the invitees that is 99% of the problem with the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

    Brent Bozell — who doesn’t actually do anything that can’t be done through a secretary while he sits at a plush desk — invites other people who don’t actually do anything to advance the conservative cause. Self-important, opinion leaders in their own mind ignore the people actually fighting the fight. While they sit back and drink wine and eat brie and biscuits and skones with other self-important conservatives, the people who actually know what is going on, who actually have a plan, and are actually implementing conservative plans get ignored — as always. This is the equivalent of THE FACULTY LOUNGE. SO the self-important group assembled by Brent Bozell will come up with meaningless pie-in-the-sky FACULTY LOUNGE plans that have no relationship with the real world and will never be implemented. More of that and we continue to be doomed.

  3. Joyce Rowlett

    Ted Cruz is a great leader & I’m gonna vote for him  even if I have to write it in & it isn’t accepted by Arkansas!!  He’s the best person for the job! He may not be popular in the Senate, must be cause he’s doing something right!!!!!

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