Skip to comments.Where is Ted Cruz?
Posted on 06/30/2016 12:30:48 PM PDT by Sybeck1
For his own sake and the country's, the conservative stalwart should stand behind Trump
Aside from saying on Monday that he isnt bothered one way or the other about being given a speaking slot at the GOP convention, Ted Cruz has been noticeably absent from the public eye since exiting the 2016 contest. One would think that a committed constitutionalist like Cruz would be doing everything he can to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president. But even if Cruz isnt willing to stand side-by-side with Trump to that end, he should at least be willing to do so for his own self-interest.
The fact is that while Cruz may worry that associating with Trump could damage his doctrinaire conservative brand in the eyes of ideological die-hards and those evangelicals hitherto resistant to Trumps apparent charms, the alternative should Clinton win being cast as one of those who stood by and did nothing as Clinton waltzed into the White House could be much worse.
If Cruzs authentic conservative brand is hurt by association with Trump, it will be hurt just as much if not more by association with the Jonah Goldbergs and the Bill Kristols of the world.
Theres also the basic fact of human nature that no one likes a sore loser, and being seen as one can be a significant handicap in the political world. Hillary Clintons belated though relatively graceful acquiescence to Obamas nomination in 2008 likely secured her position as secretary of state, while Richard Nixons embittered exit from the 1962 California gubernatorial election almost cost him his entire political career.
Blaming biased media coverage in large part for his loss to Democratic Gov. Pat Brown, Nixon lashed out at reporters. You dont have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference, he said.
Indeed, were it not for an outrageously biased anti-Nixon documentary which aired on ABC the week after the election so biased in fact that it managed to garner Nixon national sympathy his political career would likely have been over.
But Nixon is that rare exception that proves the political rule, and if enough of the conservative base considers even for a moment that Cruzs refusal to stand publicly with Trump against Clinton was motivated by ill feeling toward Trump, he may lose a significant amount of credibility.
PoliZette The Case for a Cruz-Trump Coalition The ugly battle between the populist front-runners provides Rubio an opening to win it all Cruz could also be of great help to Trump's electoral efforts. If Trump loses, it will likely be largely the result of a concerted and biased media campaign, as was the case for Mitt Romney in 2012. But as he proved during the GOP primaries, Cruz is one of the most effective critics of media bias, far more so than Trump, who often appears personal and petty.
Moreover, forming a new relationship with Trump could also be strategically advantageous for Cruz. That Cruz is massively unpopular among his fellow senators on both sides of the aisle is a well known fact. "I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life," former GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner said.
Lindsey Graham famously noted that if "you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you." Indeed, to call Cruz unpopular may be an understatement. If Trump should win in November, a repaired, working relationship with the business mogul would offer Cruz a level of clout in the Senate which for him is otherwise unattainable.
Regardless of any desire Cruz may have to run again in 2020, he should get involved in the 2016 contest now. The potential benefits both for himself and the country seem to far outweigh the potential disadvantages.
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Regardless of any desire Cruz may have to run again in 2020,
He will be just as ineligible in 2020.
Children of foreign nationals are NOT natural born citizens.
Children of foreign nationals who are born in another country are DOUBLY NOT natural born citizens.
He's probably out Zodiac killing.
Probably with Lollipop.
Not working to defeat Hillary = supporter by proxy.
Dont care what your rationale is.
Just because they let him run again doesn’t mean they will let him win
That’s a very good question. Maybe he and the girls just went on a very long, very quiet camping trip after that roughride of a campaign. Can’t say I’d blame him.
If Cruz and some of the other losers actually cared about the country they would be eager to help Trump stop Shrillary, I don’t care how butt hurt they feel.
Cruz, Jeb, Kasich, and Rubio should be denied any kind of future in any Republican/conservative politics if they don’t hurry up and support Trump. They don’t have to like it, but they do have to stop Shrillary. Otherwise, they are scum. Gee, maybe Trump WAS right about them......
Where’s Amanda Carpenter?
If Hillary gets in, he can forget about 2020.
Check with Amanda Carpenter.
I would like to see Lyin’ Loon Ted Cruz simply disappear.
Perhaps he would make a good divorce lawyer.
Smashing his face into a bowl of Cheetoes to show solidarity with his BFF Glenn ‘Fruitcake’ Beck?
On the other hand, turning away from one's stated passion for Constitutional government, thereby leaving the ideas battle field to a known criminal enterprise like the Clintons, when even a potentially flawed Republican candidate like Trump might use one's services in favor of liberty can only be described as cowardice and abandonment of principle.
If she wasn't guilty of the horizontal mambo with Ted, why did she disappear immediately after the adultery allegations and her name surfaced? Gone. Nowhere to be found.
Mighty suspicious to me.
Wheres Amanda Carpenter?
Shadow tweeting for cRuz.
He was already seen swanning around the Kentucky Derby and vacationing at a resort in Mexico. I hope he’s stuck in the Senate doing his job.
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