September 24, 2016

WHO'D HAVE DREAMT HE WAS A MAN OF PRINCIPLE?:

Why Ted Cruz Is Finally Endorsing Donald Trump (Ed Kilgore, 9/24/16, New York)

At The Atlantic, Russell Berman suggests Cruz is worried about his reelection bid in 2018, and the possibility of a primary challenge fed by the parallel grudges that Establishment Republicans and Trumpites hold against the junior senator from Texas.

It is the changing dynamics of the presidential general election, however, that may well be pushing Cruz toward at least a pro forma gesture toward his party's nominee. By that I do not mean that Cruz is gaming the possibility that Trump will win; no matter what he does now, the Texan will almost certainly be frozen out of any real influence in a Trump administration. It's the significant likelihood of a narrow Trump loss that is probably bugging Cruz and his advisers. It was one thing to stay on the sidelines and watch sadly as Trump self-destructed and lost by a landslide, as appeared likely for a good part of the general-election campaign. In that scenario, Cruz was in a good position to help pick up the pieces afterward and become the chief advocate for a movement-conservative version of the GOP's post-Trump future. But after an agonizingly close Trump defeat, Cruz would become a prime object of recriminations for having helped Hillary Clinton and her baby-killing, Christian-hating secular-socialist minions to seize power.

Given that his own politics is driven primarily by the same racial and religious hatreds as Trump's, the only reason not to endorse him was petty personal hurts.  Serious politicians should be above such things and able to support those who are vindicating their beliefs.

The Senator has to endorse him for all the same reasons that conservatives have to oppose him.

Posted by at September 24, 2016 10:18 AM

  

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