Cruz the first official candidate for 2016

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Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is running for president in 2016.

On Monday, he became the first official Republican nominee. Unfortunately for Cruz and his fans, that will likely be the only notable thing about his campaign.

Cruz has risen to fame – or infamy depending on whom you ask - fighting to make his party more conservative. He has been a vocal critic of moderate, or establishment, Republicans which has made him a darling of the tea party and many of the loudest voices in the conservative media. However, it has been less endearing to the mainstream Republicans and Independents across the country. Democrats obviously aren’t big fans of Cruz, but many will welcome him into the race because of the effect he will have on the primary.

His entry into the race will likely pull Scott Walker and Jeb Bush further to the right. That hasn’t been a recipe for success for John McCain or Mitt Romney who lost credibility as they tried to modify their more mainstream beliefs to curry favor with those further to the right of the political spectrum.

Cruz gained fame by reading Doctor Seuss books during a filibuster on the Affordable Care Act. Since Cruz announced his bid for the 2016 Republican nomination on the fifth anniversary of the passage of Obamacare, it is obvious that “Green Eggs and Ham” weren’t enough to stop the landmark legislation that enjoys very different levels of popularity depending on which side of the aisle someone sits.

Theodore Geisel would likely write a page in Cruz’s biography this way:

A boy born in Canada

With a mom from America

His name, of course, is Ted Cruz

A tea party star

Hated ObamaCare so far

A filibuster he tried to use

Now he filed to seek

The presidency this week

His candidacy little more than a ruse

He makes people mad

His endorsements are bad

As usual, he will probably lose.

Cruz’s announcement received mixed reviews Monday. Sean Hannity is the president of the Ted Cruz Fan Club. He got the “exclusive” interview with Cruz to announce his intentions. But fellow candidates and important people from early primaries weren’t as excited.

United States director of hair care and birth certificate authentication, Donald Trump, has already gone after Cruz. Now that his birther attempts to somehow disqualify Barack Obama from the presidency have run out of time, he has turned on Cruz – who was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father.

Cruz also isn’t popular in New Hampshire and Iowa, two key states for a quick start. Cruz refused to endorse incumbent senators who weren’t conservative enough. One of those who didn’t receive his support is New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte.

In the Iowa race, Rep. Steve King won’t likely be an endorser of Cruz in his state’s caucus.

On Monday, King said Cruz’s act was that of “a carnival barker, not the leader of the free world.”

Cruz is the darling of the conservative media, but he isn’t as popular with other elected officials from either party.

He has never been a coalition builder, and that will be a problem as this race develops.