I caught this
bit from the republican debate. Now, Cruz could have probably been able to give that answer regardless of the question and gotten the same response. But the formulation of that question was seriously stupid, it was essentially "you're murdering kittens, how do you think voters feel about that?". A perfectly valid response would have been "I wouldn't presume to speculate, you'd have to ask the voters".
And it is so ridiculous because Cruz' stance on the debt ceiling is potentially catastrophic. That's what he should be confronted with, not what he thinks of people's opinion of him.
But the issue that I see that remains despite the reactions to this debate is that the RNC and the establishment can't decide which of its four choices to throw its weight behind ( Jeb, Christie, Rubio and Cruz, I don't think you can swap Christie for Huckabee from an establishment point of view ). Then Rand Paul has moved to between his father and the establishment to get what he perceived as more chances in the primary but it would look like he is getting half of what his father polled at.
And finally the establishment has to deal with the issue that 3 outsiders to its structure are controlling 50% of the polled responses ( Carson, Trump and Florina ). That 50% is not enough for an outsider to beat an establishment candidate in the home stretch but it would make the primary brutal to the point it damages the national elections afterwards. And we're not factoring what happens if Carson for example tries to run as an Independent.