Tag: Ted Cruz

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Ted Cruz sure likes to change terrain frequently. As per usual, Cruz managed to split the field with his Facebook endorsement of Donald Trump. There are equal parts criticism, praise, confusion, and mockery in the collective reactions to Cruz’s decision. There is probably a case to be made for each, but here’s the thing for those writing […]

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Giving the Benefit of the Doubt and Voting One’s Conscience

 

I did not vote for Donald Trump in the primaries. Nor did I vote for my preferred choice in the primaries. By the time the primaries reached Michigan, my preferred choice had dropped out. So had my second choice. So had my third. By the time the primaries came to my state, I had to choose who the best remaining viable candidate was. That was Ted Cruz. Unfortunately, he did not win the nomination.

Now, the primaries were a rough fight and many of the candidates came out bruised up, including Cruz. Trump had insulted his wife and made accusations against his father. Slights of that kind can take time to heal. At the convention, Senator Cruz said, “Vote your conscience.” I agreed with that and intended to do so.

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It’s no secret that Republican candidates for President have had a tough path in years past. With a blatantly left-leaning media, the entertainment industry, and culture, it’s difficult to get conservative ideas and ideals through to the general public. As such, we’ve heard some of these complaints from GOP Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Throughout this […]

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Trump’s New PACs

 

So after winning the nomination Donald Trump has announced that he’s going to form Super PACs with the intention of defeating fellow Republicans Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and a third person, unnamed but widely believed to be Ben Sasse.

This is what I love about Trump. He is what is known as a mensch. You have to admire the mentality of a man who — while running for president — announces an effort to defeat his fellow Republicans because they didn’t support him, and yet says he’s mostly focused on defeating Hillary Clinton.

Mike Pence Saved the Republican Party After That Cruz Disaster

 

mike-pence-rncTed Cruz essentially gave a career-ending speech at the GOP convention on Wednesday night.

Cruz’s speech was a slap in the face to GOP nominee Donald Trump. This whole business about “vote your conscience” — that’s a wonderful-sounding phrase. But we all know what he meant: Don’t vote for Donald Trump.

I was in the convention hall and the crowd’s reaction was unbelievable. It started out as a few hands waving in the air and some booing and then it just grew and grew throughout the entire convention hall. And then boom! It was absolute bedlam.

Why I Am Not a Cruzite

 

ted cruzTed Cruz’s electrifying performance at the 2016 Republican National Convention will be long remembered, and deservedly so. At a critical moment, when the party of Lincoln had uncomfortably but nonetheless thoroughly embraced a lifelong Democrat/reality star/violence-abettor – and when few leading Republicans had demonstrated the courage to oppose him — Cruz did. Politicians live for the adulation of crowds and it’s bracing, even thrilling, to see one stand up straight when suffering its jeers. Cruz was particularly effective because he dropped the southern preacher style he affected during the primaries and spoke plainly.

And yet, and yet. One can never quite get over the sense with Cruz that everything is calculated. He took a risk, yes, but there is high potential gain for him in being perceived, whatever happens in November, as the voice of pure Republican conservatism. Cruz was a pillar of strength last night, God bless him. But let’s not forget that John Kasich has not bowed to the orange god either, nor has Mitt Romney, or Ben Sasse, or many others.

There is so much to admire about Cruz – and I don’t doubt that if his plan had worked and he’d been elected, he would have made a good president – but he also must bear some measure of responsibility for what has happened to the Republican Party, and thus, to the country. Together with talk radio and Fox News celebrities, Cruz wove the tale of Republican Party betrayal that so alienated and embittered Republican voters against his own party. From the moment he arrived in Washington, Cruz lacerated Republicans as part of the “Washington cartel.” His specialty was the attention grabbing gesture like the filibuster against Obamacare. It had no chance of success, but positioned Ted Cruz very well with the “base.”

RNC Day Three Wrap Up

 

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The theme of the penultimate night of the Republican National Convention was “Make America First Again.” (We’re still not sure what that means…) While the eight o’clock hour featured a collection of minor figures (Sorry, Laura Ingraham), there were some heavy hitters. At different points in the night Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Mike Pence all addressed the convention.

Of the four, Walker went first. The dais had an enormous jumbotron behind it, and Walker was backed by a wheat field with a barn behind it with an American flag on the side. (Hey, it’s the RNC…) Despite holding one, Walker didn’t realize he had a microphone so he shouted the whole time. The refrain of his speech was “America deserves better.”

Cruz’s Choice

 

Via the WSJ600px-US_Senator_of_Texas_Ted_Cruz_at_FITN_in_Nashua,_NH_07, there may be some fireworks this evening when Sen. Ted Cruz takes the podium at the GOP convention:

The big question is what, if anything, will Mr. Cruz say about Mr. Trump. The Texan will have no trouble joining the parade of speakers prosecuting the case against Mrs. Clinton, but it remains unclear whether he will offer a formal endorsement of Mr. Trump – who has suggested Mr. Cruz’s father was complicit in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and besmirched the appearance of Mr. Cruz’s wife. Mr. Trump has never apologized or recanted for either incident in public.

Mr. Cruz, for his part, has refrained from endorsing the Trump ticket. Cruz supporters made up the core of the anti-Trump forces this week, but when it became clear they did not have the votes to even delay the process, let alone impede Mr. Trump, the Cruz backers conceded defeat. Needless to say, if Mr. Cruz endorses Mr. Trump from the stage, that will be the biggest news of the day.

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Where has Ted Cruz gone of late? Ever since he exited the race, he has really taken a low profile–seems like even the pundits have forgotten the man exists. His social media presence is much lighter now as well. So, what’s his game? Is this a campaign tactic of his or is this merely a natural […]

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With the way things had been developing in the Republican presidential contest in recent weeks, lndiana’s primary on May 3 seemed like it might be the last real chance for those hoping to prevent a Trump nomination to turn things around. Before the vote, most polls suggested that Trump was in the lead, possibly by […]

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What GOP Voters Are Thinking: A Snapshot from Maryland

 

Donald-trump-marylandBefore our local Maryland primary on April 26 — part of the so-called I-95 set of primaries that was Donald Trump’s penultimate victory before his clinching Indiana win — I spent a couple of days canvassing for John Kasich and local candidates door to door, at public places, and at the polls in Frederick and Montgomery Counties. I’ve done this a couple of times before elections and have never regretted it; I always learn a lot about what’s on other people’s minds.

A few takeaways from this season:

1) Trump had plenty of support in the places I went, across a considerable diversity of voters at many income and education levels. Unlike Trump supporters I had encountered on Twitter, most of his real-life voters were not angry or combative, though some were.

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One of my favorite political quotes comes, oddly enough, from the far left, “If you agree with me on nine out of twelve issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on twelve out of twelve issues, see a psychiatrist.” – Ed Koch. It was in the spirit of Koch’s flip comment that I […]

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The withdrawal of Ted Cruz from the contest for the GOP nomination for president must have come as a shock to those who had been assured by Glen Beck, by various Cruz family members, and by the senator himself that his candidacy was ordained by no less an entity than the Supreme Being. Here’s Cruz’s father […]

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