Skip to comments.If Cruz Wants to Win, Thursday Night He'll Have to Clock Trump With Everything He's Got -- And More
Posted on 02/24/2016 11:06:42 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has one option if he wants to win the Republican nomination. Tomorrow night, during a debate with Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Dr. Ben Carson, Cruz must clock Trump as hard as he can with his best rhetorical punch. He can't be lawyerly. He can't be civil. He has to get in the mud with Trump and pulverize him. There are three reasons for that.
Rubio Will Never Drop Out... Rubio's going nowhere...
Cruz Must Win More Than Texas On March 1, Or he's toast. Again, the fact that Rubio won't drop out under any circumstances means that Cruz can't hope to win a bunch of second places in the SEC primary, then go forward and pick up Rubio's supporters. Rubio will still be in after the SEC primary. And as we saw in Iowa, even a Cruz victory turns into a Rubio victory in the media...
So, all of this means that Cruz will actually have to beat Trump outright with Rubio still in the race, not wait for the never-gonna-happen Rubio flameout. He can do it, but only by recognizing that Trump is the biggest set of balls in the race, and the only way to defeat Trump is by kicking him directly in the groin on national television. That means Cruz should unleash everything up to and including the kitchen sink. He's going to have to out-masculine Trump.
He should face down Trump and say to him, "Donald, for months, everybody has been tiptoeing around you out of courtesy. Enough. We all know you're a spoiled brat who's never had anybody say no to him. You're a pathetic, bloated old man who stood on daddy's money stack to make billions, and then can't shut up about how he's a self-made man. You're a ridiculous dolt who lies about his politics, brags about having sex with married women, and shafts little old ladies for cash. And every time you are attacked, your face turns as red as the Kool-Aid man -just like it's doing now. Then you cite polls, as though polls make you not all those things. They don't. You're just as much of a ridiculous clown as you ever were."
If Trump tries to interrupt him, Cruz will have to tell him to shut the hell up, and then not back down.
It will be brutal. But if Cruz wants to win, he's going to have no other choice. Trump won't be defeated so long as both Cruz and Rubio are in the race, and Rubio's going nowhere. Somebody's going to have to knock King Trump off the top of the hill.
Teddy is in a tough spot.
Why doesn’t he call another news conference and dare Trump to sue him. That worked so well last time.
“We all know you’re a spoiled brat who’s never had anybody say no to him. You’re a pathetic, bloated old man who stood on daddy’s money stack to make billions, and then can’t shut up about how he’s a self-made man. You’re a ridiculous dolt who lies about his politics, brags about having sex with married women, and shafts little old ladies for cash. And every time you are attacked, your face turns as red as the Kool-Aid man -just like it’s doing now. Then you cite polls, as though polls make you not all those things. They don’t. You’re just as much of a ridiculous clown as you ever were.”
IOW: Cruz can make a bleeping idiot out himself.
Rush is talking about this right now.
I don’t think Trump needs to respond from this point beyond asking if Cruz’s blood pressure is OK.
Since when have facts mattered in elections in this country?
Just a thought.
Why did Trump lie in Nevada and say that Cruz had left Nevada?
Why does he still need to lie?
Trump is the epitome of a Yankee.
Nope Cruz is done. He will only discredit himself. He has hammered Trump and Cruz only becomes less of a factor in the race for president. The voting results do not lie.
Even as a Cruz supporter it looks like he is done.
When he can’t win one county in SC and not even get Hispanics or evangelicals then it is basically over, especially as many of Bush voters will go to Rubio.
Ben wants Ted to tell the whole truth about Trump? It surely would be great to see. Truth is the perfect defense, after all.
What a deranged bunch of desperate, infantile idiocy. Rush just read this on his show.
Let’s see it happen anyway. Banana Don needs to be vetted on stage.
Trump is whatever people want him to be. So at this point it’s not going to matter.
hahahah, Hilarious, Rush just cited this. I find it quite revealing that they think this is how Cruz should win but when Trump does things like that it’s “unPresidential”. That tells me that their problem with Trump isn’t his tone, it’s probably more to the fact that he can’t be bought and controlled like the rest of them
Cruz is toast anyways. He does this he’ll just burn his crust even more.
Or ask him if he meant to say ‘as red as the Canadian maple leaf’.
There are good arguments for either Trump or Cruz. For Senator Cruz, the only real issue that he can exploit now is Trump’s total lack of government experience. Of course that seems like a positive to change-hungry voters. But it is a legitimate question to explore before the nomination is settled. Is it really possible, or wise, for the nation to select a president who has never held any kind of high office or demonstrated in that office his real perspectives? And that opens the other door that Cruz should open, namely this — can Trump be trusted to remain as conservative as he proclaims himself to be?
If these questions can be answered in ways positive to Trump then most of us (even ardent Cruz supporters) would have to defer to his momentum and clout and say, full speed ahead, but don’t forget who gave you this mandate and why.
But if there is significant doubt on either question (experience, sincerity) then it becomes Cruz vs Rubio and the fight becomes one about principles vs pragmatism.
That could also raise opportunities for Cruz.
This is not over yet. If Super Tuesday becomes Super Cruz-day then it’s a dogfight to the convention.
Worst advice I’ve ever heard.
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