Ruth Marcus: D.C. Establishment ‘Much More Horrified’ by Cruz than Trump

‘Trump would have some potential, a, to be elected and, b, to attract some more moderate voters because he is a much less mainstream movement conservative candidate than is Ted Cruz’

MARCUS: "Well, I’m not sure it’s too late to stop him because I — but I do think that it’s important for us to understand, we’re talking about two different Republican establishments here. And actually I hate to disagree about conservatives with Matt, but I think that Trump and Cruz are two — two very different candidates. There’s the Republican conservative establishment, encapsulated, epitomized by the ‘National Review,” that we saw rising up against Trump as not a true conservative. And then we have the, for lack of a better term, Washington establishment, because they were all stuck at home in the snow yesterday. I spent a lot of the day talking to them. They are much more horrified by Cruz than by Trump because Cruz would take them down a road of extreme conservatism in the party that Trump would not, would have the potential — Trump would have some potential, a, to be elected and, b, to attract some more moderate voters because he is a much less mainstream movement conservative candidate than is Ted Cruz."

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