"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested on Sunday that Democrats will lose the 2016 presidential race because they are the party of the “top 1 percent,” and that Republicans are the party of “hard working” people."
For those of us who are even minimally in touch with reality, this is so preposterous that it's hard to think that even Ted Cruz could say it with a straight face. But remember, the point of this claim is not really to convince people, it is just to make the voters in the middle see this as a "he said-she said" debate, in which no one can be clearly identified as telling the truth. It's a strategy they have refined to a fine art, most recently practiced by the "new" Mitt Romney, who had decided to run on the claim that he was the champion of the middle class, before even Republicans saw how impossible it would be to convince anyone but the most brain-dead wingnuts of that. Still, you can be sure that the next Republican campaign is going to be run across the board on two principles, which they have been testing for some time: restricting access to candidates so that no information about them is available except for canned propaganda, and claiming, after a century of serving no one but the rich, to be the real party of the middle class.
The cynicism of this approach leaves us breathless, but there it is. The Republicans are already advancing this approach by squelching the likes of Sarah Palin, and taking meaningless sorts of superficially reasonable positions on issues like global warming and medical care in order to muddy the waters about who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. And given the inevitable refusal of the corporate press to discuss this dishonesty in any way, it's likely that this strategy of total denial of reality will have a good chance of succeeding, if not on the Presidential level, at least in their efforts to con the American people into letting them keep control of Congress and Statehouses across the land.