So That Happened: A Look At How Evangelical Voters Could Legitimize Ted Cruz (Or Not)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a tea party favorite and possible presidential candidate in 2016, is interviewed by Skip Murphy
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a tea party favorite and possible presidential candidate in 2016, is interviewed by Skip Murphy during a visit to the Strafford County Republican Committee Chili and Chat on Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Barrington, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

So, that happened. This week, the 2016 race welcomed Ted Cruz to the GOP scrum after the U.S. senator from Texas made his presidential ambitions clear to a literally captive audience of Liberty University students. He's been immediately anointed as a long shot, but is he really?

Listen to this week's "So, That Happened" below:

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Some highlights from this week:

“There’s been a pervasive theory in politics that harnessing the full power of evangelical voters can change election results. I’m skeptical about whether the evangelical vote is that powerful. I’m also skeptical about whether their vote is that monolithic.” -- Jason Linkins

Meanwhile, there are other places in the world besides America. How are things going there, and what does it mean for us? We'll talk about elections in Israel, unrest in Yemen and -- I hesitate to even say this aloud -- a potentially hopeful turn in Afghanistan, graveyard of empires.

“Whether or not Netanyahu believes in the two-state solution, I think, is irrelevant to the Obama administration. More what it is, he based his next few years as prime minister on the promise that there will be no Palestinian state.” -- Jessica Schulberg

“President Ghani’s speech was almost reminiscent of the Bibi speech. People were so excited to see him. He got Congress to laugh, a total crowd-pleaser.” -- Ali Watkins

Finally, as if you needed something even more surreal and complicated in your lives, we're going to talk about seigniorage, the minting of dollar coins, the minting of platinum coins, the eternally ephemeral nature of the concept of money and -- strangely enough -- whether Europeans are terrible people.

“I’m pretty much with Vitter on the policy issue. I think the seigniorage stuff is not important. If we want to come up with an imaginary $5.5 billion, we can do that in other imaginary ways. That's how money works.” -- Zach Carter

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