Huh? I must have missed that.
Even the conservative Establishment wasn't that keen on Cruz. Sure, they got behind Ted when they saw him as the only alternative to Trump, but Cruz wasn't exactly beloved.
"We have reached the bizarro-world point where, for all intents and purposes, conservatives are RINOs," said John Ziegler, a nationally syndicated conservative talk show host who called Andrew Breitbart a friend. "There is no place now for real conservatives. We've also reached the point, I say, we've left the gravitational pull of the rational Earth, where we are now in a situation where facts don't matter, truth doesn't matter, logic doesn't matter."
It has a lot to do with the perception of a slick, Establishment style. Also, there's a dissatisfaction with what one might call economism -- the reduction of everything to the economic or materialist dimension.
In the 80s and 90s, the idea of global free markets and unrestricted exchange of people, goods, and capital was presented as the alternative to "statism." Now it's seen as globalism and an abandonment of national and local loyalties.
That has left conservatives who oppose Trump in a tricky position when trying to get their message to supporters. No longer can Ryan or Cruz turn to Hannity for a softball interview. They can't work with Breitbart or rely on Drudge to help with their legislative agenda.
These Republicans have effectively been exiled from the conservative news media, leaving them with a problem.
Seems a perverse reading of what's going on. If you've got National Review and the Weekly Standard you've got some pretty big media there. Talk about "exile" because there are other players in the game looks whiny and weak.
"If you are a conservative talk show host, which I am, if you don't accept that it's likely Hillary Clinton has taken part in multiple murders, or that Barack Obama is a Muslim extremist sympathizer who was probably born outside this country if you don't accept those two things, it's almost as if you're a sellout. You're a RINO. You're somehow part of the liberal elite. It's nuts. It's making my own show very difficult to do. It's almost where to the point where we are not able to function."
I don't really see that, either. It looks to me like when it comes to conspiracy theories believers and unbelievers get along with each other. It may be other issues that make Ziegler feel out of place. Maybe it's just that pro-Trump versus anti-Trump is a gap that can't be bridged.