Texas Sen. Ted Cruz thought he was “on to something”. What really happened, however, was that he was “booed with gusto” by delegates when he ended his speech without offering Donald Trump his endorsement — or even saying he would vote for the New York billionaire. And then, as boos rained down on Ted Cruz, Heidi Cruz had to be smuggled out of the arena by Ken Cuccinelli, former attorney general of Virginia, after Trump supporter screams “Goldman Sachs” at her. He said he feared for her safety. And then, instead of offering a “My Bad” and then living to fight on another day………….. Ted Cruz said: “I am not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and attacks my father,” Cruz told the Texas delegation at a breakfast in Cleveland.
Oh, my. You see, the night before we were led to believe that his (Senator Cruz’s) decisions were not “personal”. We were told that we should “vote our conscience”. That he was thinking nobly of preserving our republic when he said: “I want to see the principles that our party believes in prevail in November.”
But, that was not the case at all. This was an personal spat, a personal vendetta that is now dominating the airwaves and will likely give the other side fuel and material for many, many, many new opposition commercials. This personal spat might be a “brick in the wall” against the Republican Party. And that “brick”, in turn, might pave the way for 4 new liberal justices on the Supreme Court. That “brick” could mean the possibility of president Obama becoming “Chief Justice Obama”. That “brick” could mean the continuation of the “Obama Legacy” — another 4 years of madness with the war on police, racial riots, expansion of the welfare state while touting “full employment”…… and the ushering in of socialism. That “brick” could mean the dawn of a ‘banana republic” with one party, one voice and consequences for dissension for the” proper political speak”.
Cruz halted his campaign two months ago, having outlasted all but Trump in a field that once numbered 17 candidates. He finished a distant second in the delegate accumulation during the Republican nominating campaign.Read my lips (or the words on this page). Cruz came in a distant second. It was not even close.
“The reaction to Cruz’s refusal to endorse Trump, who branded the Texas senator “Lyin’ Ted” during the GOP primaries, stood in stark contrast to his reception earlier Wednesday among a crowd of the convention’s most conservative delegates. Many of Cruz’s supporters from around the country came to thank him, shake his hand and pose for photographs. They crowded around him 10 people deep on a sunny outdoor restaurant deck after his 20-minute speech, chanting “2020, 2020, 2020!”
Donna Metz, Cruz’s 2016 Kansas state co-chairwoman, wore a sparkling red, white and blue hat and was jostled in the crowd as she made her way toward Cruz. “Oh, my gosh, I hope he runs again,” Metz said. “He’s by far the best candidate.”
Cruz is eager to be seen as the face of the modern conservative movement should there be an open GOP field in four years, and he said Wednesday afternoon he was unsure what the future would bring.
But he urged the group to “follow our conscience,” ”unite behind liberty” and “empower the grassroots” — all signals to the deep organization Cruz assembled in finishing second to Trump to be ready to jump back into action in four years.
“I support it 100 percent,” Dalton Glasscock, a Cruz delegate from Wichita, Kansas, who called the decision not to endorse “true leadership.”
“If someone feels they can vote for Trump, great,” he said. “If they can’t, vote for someone they can believe in. He left the door open to more.””
These sentiments were from earlier on in the day……… until he threw the “brick”. I think this “brick” also shattered his chances for 2020. Ugly primaries with ugly words and ugly allegations are commonplace in the political world….. “manning up” and getting a “thick skin” is something that politicians learn from an early time their career.
I think the mudslinging definitely has always been a big part of our election process, but it’s less broad and vulgar. For instance, there is less aimed at other people’s physical attributes. The 19th century was very big on that. In the election of 1800, one of the dirtiest in American history, the venomous hack writer James Callendar (secretly hired by Thomas Jefferson) assailed then-President John Adams as a “repulsive pedant” and “a hideous hermaphroditical character,” whatever that means. Later in the 19th century, Martin Van Buren was accused of wearing women’s corsets (by Davy Crockett, no less) and James Buchanan (who had a congenital condition that caused his head to tilt to the left) was accused of have unsuccessfully tried to hang himself. Oh, and Abraham Lincoln reportedly had stinky feet.
The 20th century began this way; at the 1912 Republican National Convention, Teddy Roosevelt, wearing a sombrero and smoking a cigar, cheerfully referred to William Howard Taft, the sitting President and Roosevelt’s former vice president, as “a rat in a corner.” (The rodent motif is popular — FDR liked to call Alf Landon, his 1936 opponent, “the White Mouse who wants to live in the White House.”) You won’t find this kind of thing out in the open too much today, although you still see it in some of the nastier primary campaigns, such as the hatchet job done on John McCain in 2000 by his fellow Republicans.
President Lyndon Johnson, seeking his first elective term after taking over for the assassinated JFK, set out not just to defeat Goldwater, but to destroy him and create a huge mandate for himself. Johnson’s dirty tricks were at least as bad as those of Nixon’s Watergate bagmen eight years later. He created a top secret after-hours group known as the “anti-campaign” and “the five o’clock club.” These sixteen political operatives, in close contact with the White House, set out to influence the perception of Goldwater in America’s popular culture. They put out a Goldwater joke book entitled You Can Die Laughing. They even created a children’s coloring book, in which your little one could happily color pictures of Goldwater dressed in the robes of the Ku Klux Klan.
I have given you just a few examples. And these examples show men, with the exception of two, who went on to be President. I don’t think that will be the case for Senator Ted Cruz. Sad.