Ted Cruz knows exactly what he’s doing

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 at 6:32 am

Ted Cruz is a provocateur — a divider, not a uniter, someone whose political career is characterized by the challenges he poses to the leaders of his own party.

On Wednesday night, in a jaw-dropping speech that led to the longest and loudest set of boos I’ve ever heard for a speaker at any convention, Cruz sought to do to Donald Trump what he has done to Mitch McConnell — the Republican Senate leader against whom he has set himself from the moment he came to Washington in 2012.

He was setting himself up either as the internal GOP critic for a Trump presidency or the voice of conscience for a GOP trying to repair itself after a Trump defeat.

In this case, he intended to offer his challenge subtly — through a text that did not explicitly endorse Trump and instead called for “leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.”

Subtle it may have been, but not subtle enough to evade the rage of the Trump campaign. Evidence suggests the Trump camp had decided it was going to punish Cruz for this impertinence.

After Cruz spoke those sentences, the New York delegation began to yell at Cruz from the floor — demanding an explicit endorsement of the candidate. It is highly unlikely such a thing happened without direction from the Trump campaign.

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4 Responses to “Ted Cruz knows exactly what he’s doing”

  1. Harriet on 21/21/16 at 10:53 am

    Nope, not a divider any more than Reagan in ’76 (except perhaps through passively standing his ground). The dividers were represented in the minions rounded up and set into action by Trump who were accentuating the divide. In the end they booed the idea of love not anger, of voting our conscious and of voting the constitution. If that is the divide they see Cruz opening, then Godspeed!

  2. AlecJ on 22/22/16 at 5:57 pm

    Thais story gets it wrong.

    Just like Charles Krauthammer, the writer just doesnt get Cruz. He gets Cruz’s motivations 180 degrees off.

    Principles have become so rare that no one can diagnose Cruz’s actions for what they plainly are…..

    An unwillingness to allow politics to rein supreme over your beliefs.

    Cruz doesnt care if he makes political enemies. The scum in the beltway were never going to like a man who wont play the game.

    The thing i will never forgive Trump for— calling the most honest man in politics a liar when he knew it wasnt true….while lying about every single possible thing, himself.

    It was sick, demented and evil.

    That is no one i want as President.

  3. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III on 25/25/16 at 8:10 pm

    Alec, if you think Cruz is the most honest man in politics, you have not been paying attention. He lied to the Mercers about his financial dealings and was cut off. You can continue to live with your head in the sand, but Cruz lied about his eligibility, he illegally holds his senate seat as he was a Canadian Citizen at the time he ran for the Senate. Those things are facts. Cruz is a liar.