Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cruz: Out, but not down

Did you hear those desperate cries of "no!" from the audience when Ted Cruz announced the suspension of his campaign after the Indiana results? Oh my, I don't think I've laughed so hard in weeks.
I guess we won't be having a war with Russia, y'know, for the sake of the country. Aw, shucks!
I'm not surprised that John Kasich also hung his completely pointless campaign up. I'm just impressed that he had enough mental wherewithal to recognize the right thing to do. Either that, or some restaurant promised him an eight-course meal if he would drop out.
So now—now?! —can we get to work on trying to defeat the real monster, the real psychopath, the real threat to this country and the people within it? Can we show some sense and replace Trump's name with Hillary's in the "Anybody But ..." hashtag?
Not if the callers on Mark Levin's May 3rd show are any indication. One young dork told Levin that he would vote for Hillary. Even though Levin advised him against it, it's telling that his reaction was not one of horror, but just a matter-of-factly delivered "really?" That's how much you hate Trump, Mr. Levin?
"We're hearing a lot of anger," Levin noted at one point after several calls from Cruz-bots who are still on the "Never Trump" bandwagon. You're hearing anger, Mark. I'm hearing a lot of idiocy.
Now, the Donald has engaged in some very untoward behavior with regard to Mr. Cruz and it wasn't right. The tweets about his wife Heidi, addressing him as "Lyin' Ted," and the latest row over his father's anecdotal association with Lee Harvey Oswald ... yes, Donald has not exactly been the definition of noble.
A day before ending his campaign, Cruz unleashed on Trump:
I'm going to do something I haven't done for the entire campaign for those of y'all who've traveled with me, all across the country. I'm gonna tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar. He doesn't know the difference between truth and lies, he lies [with] practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And, in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook, his response is to accuse everybody else of lying. He accuses everybody on that debate stage of lying, and it's simply a mindless yell. Whatever he does, he accuses everyone else of doing. 
The man cannot tell the truth but he combines it with being a narcissist. A narcisist at a level [that] I don't think this country's ever seen. Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and goes, 'Dude, what's your problem?' 
Everything in Donald's world is about Donald, and he combines being a pathological liarand I say 'pathological' because I actually think [that] Donald, if you hooked him up to a lie-detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon and one thing in the evening, all contradictory, and he'd pass the lie-detector test each time. Whatever lie he's telling, at that minute, he believes it. But the man is utterly amoral.
Donald Trump should not have run with a National Enquirer story, passing it off as a rock-solid truth, that Teddy Boy's father, Raphael, was with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the assassination of JFK. That was the very definition of inane and it's this kind of BS that has made many otherwise great conservatives think twice about the Donald. I acknowledge that.
But—by God—I have had it with these Beltway psuedo-conservatives like George Will, William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer telling us that Hillary would be better because we can somewhat stymie her with a Republican Congress and in four years we'll fight again. Fight again, with whom? Another phony weakling straight out of the school of soft knocks like Bob Dole, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan? Or any other spineless little Establishment-approved turdball in Congress squeaking, "It's my turn. I wanna be President! Me, me!" Because I'll tell you right now, no-one is going to want to revisit 2016, especially Ted Cruz himself. That ship has sailed, friends.
Donald Trump is pulling in the independents and the blue-collar conservative Democrats. Even many Bernie-supporters have said that if Hillary is the Democrat candidate, they will likely vote for Trump. Would Cruz have reeled in those "feeling the Bern"? I highly doubt it.
Dear reader, Trump got 49 percent of the vote in the Republican primary in Massachusetts. How did that happen in a state known more colloquially as "Tax-a-chusetts," whose governor is about as RINO as they come? Registered Democrats, 20,000 of them, switched party affiliations to vote for the Donald. Like, hello?!
Trump is so successful because this country has been devastated by big, bureaucratic trade deals, the type Ted Cruz liked the look of. Was his horror at the funding of the Import-Export Bank being part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership genuine? Who knows. I can tell you that Cruz did not, and obviously could not, appeal to those who've lost good-paying factory or other labor jobs in New Hampshire, Indiana, Ohio, nationwide. Sure, free trade is not the sole issue; onerous tax structures for businesses is a major player as well. But who is going to cheer the availability of cheap DVDs for Central Americans, those left who haven't tried breaking into the U.S. yet, when working-class families cannot put food on the table? Perhaps I missed something, but I don't recall Teddy Boy even once discussing this at length.
Trump captured people's sentiments straightaway: Build that wall, send illegals back, and protect jobs by renegotiating trade deals in America's favor. The Donald snared the essence of what it means to have pride in America again. In this sense, he, whether one likes it or not, is the new Reagan. Cruz exemplified a boutique base of support, but it was never going to be enough.
Trump knows how to take on the evil of the Democratic political machine. His instincts are sound, and he will destroy Hillary. It's time to support him in this regard. You do not have to like him, just have faith that he's the best thing right now. What other choice do you have? Even Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus has issued the order to back the Trumpster going forward.
Cruz-supporters, I'm sorry. Teddy Boy is a great man, at least if he can stop elbowing his wife in the face, and he still has a future. I was rash in writing that his career was over. If Cruzonce he's licked his wounds and has had a rest and a thinkdoes not appeal to Trump as a running mate, then an offer for Scalia's seat on SCOTUS is still very much on the cards. It's not over for him, not by a long shot. We will be hearing from Cruz again soon and I'm positive that it will be to everyone's delight, purist or nationalist.

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