Can a man who specializes in making enemies be elected president?

Can a man who specializes in making enemies be elected president?

[Ed. – Wasn’t one already?]

Ted Cruz is climbing the polls, building a formidable ground game in the early primary states and bringing in more campaign cash than most of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

Yet Cruz is not a broadly popular man. The first-term Texas senator is not only disliked but loathed by Democrats, the media and the establishment of his own party.

A potentially bigger problem for Cruz is that he is eyed warily by some conservatives and GOP-leaning independents. Recent polling shows that even Cruz’s recent rise in the polls is a product of his solidifying support among “very conservative” voters rather than his ability to attract support among other constituencies.

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The degree to which Cruz is disliked by so many begs the question: Can a man so adept at making enemies be elected president of the United States?

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