Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto


Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→


Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

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This post originally appeared on NBCLatino

Ted Cruz’s braggadocio is the size of Texas. Just six months after moseying into Washington he’s challenged hallowed norms and all but disregarded the marching orders from his party elders.

It’s tempting to dismiss Senator Ted Cruz as a wacko bird, as his colleague Senator John McCain has called him, or at the very least as a foolish political newbie.

But there is nothing wacko about Ted Cruz.  Quite the contrary, he’s sharp as a tack, charismatic, and ambitious.  As Steven Nuño discussed in his column every step Cruz takes, as crazy as it may seem, is carefully calibrated to position himself for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination.  Having secured his conservative base in Texas, Cruz has moved on to the task of recruiting conservatives across the country to his brand.

Ted Cruz has shown himself to be a gifted campaigner and a silver-tongued orator.  Together these attributes will ease his run for the Republican presidential nomination.  And he’s got a pretty good shot at capturing the nomination.

However, his crusade for the presidency will sputter once in the general.   Sure, all candidates run to the extremes in primaries, but Ted Cruz’s brand of extremes will just not do outside of the Republican party.

In other words, sorry Mr. Cruz, no Oval Office for you.

Some may argue, though, that Ted Cruz doesn’t get the promotion, but he still ends up on his feet.  Being a U.S. Senator may not have the perks of being the President, but it’s still a pretty cushy job.

Not so fast.