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GOP Establishment vs. a kingdom of conscience

I received a lot of feedback on yesterday’s commentary about how Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have traded their Conservative principles for compromising politics; needless to say, it was a mixed-bag of supporters and detractors. One of the glaring arguments…

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Rubio and Cruz trade conservative principles for compromising politics

During the Republican primaries, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) were the last two so-called “Conservatives” to fall to Donald Trump. For many, they represented the hope of having a true Conservative in the White House. But now,…

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Rubio and Cruz trade conservative principles for compromising politics

During the Republican primaries, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) were the last two so-called “Conservatives” to fall to Donald Trump. For many, they represented the hope of having a true Conservative in the White House. But now,…

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Cruz vs. Franken, Sessions edition

Al Franken’s attempt to sink Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as the 84th Attorney General of the United States failed. It failed partly because Sen. Franken is a buffoon. It failed partly because Sen. Franken essentially called Sen. Sessions a liar. Mostly, though, Sen. Franken failed because he attacked Sen. Sessions by basing his questions on […]

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Trudeau and Obama use revisionist history to praise Castro

Much to the vexation of Colin Kaepernick, there is one less Communist, murdering dictator in the world today after the death of Fidel Castro over the weekend. This is great news to those who believe in the God-given right to…

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Ted Cruz enshrined in the G.O.P. Hall of Shame

Let me begin by saying that my support for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) before, during and after his presidential bid is well-documented. The reason for my support was based primarily on his commitment to the Constitution along with the appearance…

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Ted Cruz To Endorse Trump?

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According to various sources including some close to the Trump campaign, Ted Cruz is in what is being described as final talks on the logistics of a coming endorsement by Cruz of Donald Trump.

It could happen as early as Monday, before the debate.

This is fairly credible for one simple reason…Ted Cruz has finally realized the extent of the serious damage he did to his own future political prospects by his behavior at the 2016 GOP convention and his failure to honor the pledge he and other contestants made to endorse the eventual nominee, which was Donald Trump.

As I reported here, even many of Cruz’s supporters at the convention went ballistic over Cruz’s failure to endorse Trump.

That fallout continued after the convention. Last month, a poll showed that 43 percent of Texas Republicans wanted a different 2018 Senate nominee, with former Gov. Rick Perry getting a majority if he ran against Cruz in the primary. George P. Bush, the state’s elected land commissioner and a popular figure in the state broke with Ted Cruz and his own family last month and heartily endorsed Donald Trump. And just a week ago, Cruz’s own; campaign chairman in Texas, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick blasted Cruz by name and ‘NeverTrumpers’ in general for not getting on board, accusing them of helping Hillary Clinton get elected.

The final straw was RNC chairman Reince Pribus announcing that former primary challengers who’ve refused to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are likely to face difficulties getting the RNC to allow them to make another run for president.

I have a feeling that really got Ted Cruz’s attention.

So, if this comes off, what difference will it make? It might have made a large difference if Cruz had kept his word and endorsed Trump at the convention, especially if he did what Scott Walker’s doing and actually campaigned for Trump. That would have meant a far more unified Republican party going in, because it would have delegitimized a large portion of the #nevertrumpers. Now,the differences are going to be fairly minimal.

The #nevertrumper stance is fairly dug in, particularly among the paid for punditocracy and the GOP establishment. They like the idea of Hillary winning, because it means business as usual for them.

Polls show that Trump, without Cruz’s endorsement, has the support of 80% of likely Republican voters, while Mrs. Clinton has the support of 81%. There are no polls showing how many Democrats are crossing over to vote Trump and vice versa for Mrs. Clinton, but based on the state poll numbers as well as Trumps inroads into the Latino and black vote, it’s fairly easy to extrapolate those numbers going Trump’s way, especially when you realize that Trump has energized a lot of people who haven’t voted in some time and aren’t likely voters. Many of the pollsters have mentioned this and it’s driving them nuts.

So overall, a Cruz endorsement could add a couple of points to Trump’s numbers in some places, if that. It certainly won’t stop the attacks on Trump from the usual ‘conservative’ suspects, but then a lot of us stopped caring about what they had to say a long time ago.

But the real beneficiary, of course, isn’t Donald Trump but Ted Cruz. If he endorses Donald Trump and then simply sits the campaign out, he can make another run for the presidency,  if he manages to survive being primaried in Texas. That, my friends is exactly why Cruz is coming out with this last minute endorsement.

Here’s hoping Trump didn’t promise him a position in the Trump administration for this gesture. Ted Cruz has already proven amply that he’s no team player and that his word isn’t worth much.

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GOPe budget deal snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

Yesterday I posted an article about how Reince Priebus threatened Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Jeb Bush, saying that if they continued to refuse giving their endorsement to Donald Trump, he would rig the primaries against them if they decide…

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Lord Priebus to Conservatives: This is not the party you’re looking for

The political corruption within the GOP establishment is on full display now that Donald Trump has been welcomed as a member of the club. In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Reince Priebus, whose name sounds a lot like…

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Ted Cruz said exactly what Donald Trump wanted him to say

If you were following the happenings at Cleveland, OH, at the Republican National Convention this week, you know that the runner-up in the GOP nomination for president, Senator Ted Cruz, gave a stirring speech in the defense of liberty and…

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Cruz Soils Himself And Endorses Hillary Clinton

Well, Ted Cruz made his convention speech, all right.

I had a conversation withe a friend about what he might do and my prediction was that Cruz’s speech would mostly be an attempt to set himself up for 2020. Cruz could, of course be the one guy who could unify the party and at the same time position himself for a future run. If nothing else, just the fact that he kept his word to support the GOP nominee would mean a lot to people down the line.

That’s the choice Reagan made after he was robbed of the nomination in 1976, and he manned up and worked hard for Gerald Ford. I personally think it helped Ronaldus Maximus a great deal in 1980.

Cruz is a very different kind of man, and I use the term loosely where’s he’s concerned.

The speech itself was basically boilerplate, and at least listenable for awhile because someone finally convinced Cruz somehow to drop the faux-preacher delivery this time that’s always been a dead giveaway.

He got away with a lot of cute little lies, like trashing the Iran deal when it was Ted Cruz who voted for the Corker Amendment that allowed Obama to shove it through the senate. Or Cruz talking about how bad out of control offshoring and illegal migration is. It was Marco Rubio who pointed out Cruz’s curious record on illegal migration in the debates and stumped him. And you don’t get more globalist or pro offshoring than Cruz’s choice of running mate, globalist shill Carly Fiorina. And of course, Cruz wasn’t going to mention that he helped Obama fast track TPP, and lobbied heavily to increase H1B visas that throw Americans out of work in favor of cheaper foreign labor.

But I was prepared to let him get away with this horse manure because I hoped that just this once, he’d be concerned with something other than Ted Cruz. Silly me.

After talking about how we need leaders who stand for what he called ‘shared principles,’ Cruz told people not to stay home in November, which the crowd took as a lead in to his endorsing Donald Trump. Instead, he told essentially told people not to vote for Donald Trump…”Vote your conscience.”

Here’s what happened after Cruz came out with this beauty..he was literally booed off the stage amid chants of “We want Trump!”

Typical Cruz moment… when the boos started, he flashed that sickly cobra smile of his and said, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.” Except it wasn’t just New York as you can see from the video. But Cruz just stood there, smiling that creepy smile that reminded me of nothing so much as Humphrey Bogart’s Captain Queeg in ‘The Caine Mutiny’ smiling while telling the court martial all about the non-existent key and the strawberries. Because like Queeg, Ted Cruz is always right. All that was missing is the little metal balls rattling in his hands.

Even most of the Texas delegation was fed up with him:

Fortunately, Trump and Ivanka appeared to hear Eric Trump speak, and the angry crowd was diverted, which is why you can hear the loud cheers at the end.

The fallout didn’t stop there. Back stage, many of Cruz’s supporters were visibly angry with him, as the Politico, CNN’s Dana Bash and the AP reported. Cruz was refused entry to Sheldon Adelson’s Skybox loaded with Republican conservative donors and strategists and was told simply to get out, that ‘you don’t belong here after what you just did.’

Another well known, long time Cruz backer was reportedly so angry he had to be physically restrained from assaulting the senator, and Heidi Cruz was heckled so badly she had to be hustled out of the arena by security.

The fun didn’t end there either. Apparently the Texas delegation holds a traditional breakfast the morning after every convention roll call, and it’s usually a pretty easygoing affair. It wasn’t this time. Ted Cruz attended to try and make up some lost ground and the delegates called him to account for his behavior, as the New York Times reported:

Repeatedly, the taunts rained down on him.

“Sit down!” one man said, before a “Clinton-Cruz 2020” sign was raised.

“You need to do it now!” shouted another.

“Do it!” yelled a third. “Do it now!”

The episode supplied another vivid demonstration of a party sharply at odds during a moment historically reserved for unity, a snapshot of a convention hurtling into chaos in what was intended to be a celebratory week.

When attendees pointed out Mr. Cruz’s past pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, Mr. Cruz, under duress throughout 25 minutes of heated questioning, suggested that any agreement was “abrogated” when Mr. Trump attacked his family.

“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” he said, adding that he was not a “servile puppy dog.”

A man in the back hollered at the stage: “You’ve got to get over it. This is politics.”

One attendee, Thomas Mathis, said loudly that he was helping to elect Hillary Clinton and demonstratively turned his back, facing a table of beverages, as Mr. Cruz pressed on.

Another guest, Shawn McAnelly, who twice shouted at Mr. Cruz, was warned by security that if he did so again, he would be ejected.

Mr. Cruz sought to depict his critics as reflective of two men considered boogeymen for hard-line conservatives: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

He suggested that the calls to endorse under any circumstances reminded him of Washington ethos of “sit down, shut up, just support the team.”

“If that’s the price, I ain’t gonna do it,” he said.

Other members of the Texas delegation made no attempt to mask their anger at Mr. Cruz, who rose to political stardom with his attacks on other Republicans.

“It’s consistent behavior from him,” Representative Pete Sessions said before Mr. Cruz spoke on Thursday, adding, “He continued what he is — it’s about Ted.”

Representative Jeb Hensarling told reporters that Mr. Cruz had delivered the beginnings of an effective speech on Wednesday night and then “missed a two-foot putt” at the end.

The criticism was particularly striking, given that Mr. Cruz will need the support of the activists and officials in the room here when he seeks renomination to his Senate seat in less than two years.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who spoke earlier endorsing Donald Trump said it exactly right…”If You’re not voting for Donald Trump, you’re voting for Hillary.”

There’s no doubt in my mind that Governor Walker, an uncommonly brave and principled man will work his heart out to get Donald Trump elected. What a contrast to the subject of this story!

The latest attempt by the #neverTrumpers to whitewash this was a series of articles by the usual suspects especially at places like the rapidly sinking NRO. According to their line of – well, I censor myself -why no-oo, Ted Cruz didn’t say anything negative about Donald Trump. ‘Vote your conscience’ never meant don’t vote for Donald Trump, Trump supporters just chose to take it that way. And say, if Trump is such a great, principled guy and it didn’t apply to him, then why are you complaining, hmmm?’

Oh, please. Everybody knew exactly what ‘vote your conscience’ meant after Cruz delivered it with his signature smirk. Even Hillary Clinton got it and tweeted the phrase right after Cruz uttered it, likely cackling while she did it. So did every delegate on the the floor and Cruz caught hell for it even from a lot of his own people. Ted Cruz essentially endorsed Hillary Clinton, with all that portends. She knew it, and so did everyone else.

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It was a sick, shameful exhibition of a man putting his own ego before country, let alone party.

I’m sick and tired of people defending this malignant narcissist. This was Trump’s convention, he earned it fair and square and if Cruz didn’t want to do the right thing, he should have stayed home just like John Kasich, Jeb!, and Lindsay Graham.

Donald Trump showed some real strategy smarts in how he handled this. Cruz wanted a speaking slot and Trump agreed he could have one, even giving him one in prime time. Trump had held out an olive branch to Ted Cruz before when the campaign ended only to have his hand slapped away, but perhaps he figured that given time to get over himself, Ted Cruz might actually do what he pledged to do, swallow hard and support the nominee.  That, by the way is how winners behave. They give people the opportunity to come around and do the right thing.

Instead Cruz saw this as an opportunity to do whatever he could to help Hillary Clinton torpedo Donald Trump, figuring the party would rally around him in 2020.

When Trump’s people received the speech Cruz planned to give, Cruz’s invitation could have been rescinded. It certainly would have if it was Hillary’s convention. But Trump wisely let it go through.

He gave Ted Cruz enough rope to hang himself in front of the entire party and millions of voters on prime time television. It actually unified the party by showing people the real Ted Cruz.

The Ready For Hillary #NeverTrump diehards will still worship him, but a lot of people who used to support him now see Ted Cruz for what he is.

2020? I doubt he even gets re-elected to the senate in 2018.

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Ted Cruz’s misplaced priorities

In his primetime speech Wednesday night, Ted Cruz self-destructed because he put a higher priority on political opportunism than he put on keeping his promise. The opening of the speech was actually pretty good, drawing lots of applause from those in the hall. Unfortunately for Sen. Cruz, to use a gymnastic metaphor, he didn’t stick […]

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2016 & the GOP Senate majority

Since the start of 2016 or earlier, pundits have predicted that Democrats would retake their majority in the US Senate. That’s been the conventional wisdom pretty much the entire year. According to this article, those predictions might be greatly exaggerated. This article isn’t the only thing that points to a contrary outcome in November. The […]

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Trump talks rape/not rape and conspiracy theories

I have a blunt and serious question to ask you. When is the rape of a woman not a rape? Well, if you’re Donald Trump, it all depends on when you’re asked. In a new video released by his campaign,…

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Trump and establishment GOP destroying Conservatives

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s win in Indiana, and the subsequent suspension of the Ted Cruz campaign, it’s now time to sort through the rubble of the Republican party. And while it would be easy for me to point…

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Spring Cleaning

Time to do a bit of spring cleaning. I keep finding far more things that would make good posts than I ever have time to write about, so here are some of them. You and your monkey brain. Our friend, and our enemy: Time, itself. Why is productivity so low? Why Apple is so annoying. […]

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Rand Paul bill will stop Obama from taking grandma’s guns

America’s seniors are perhaps some of the most vulnerable to suffer under Obama’s nanny state socialist policies. From denying them healthcare to denying them their constitutional rights, nothing is off-limits. It was last July that I wrote a piece about…

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Planned Parenthood president says real women can’t be pro-life

In a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Roberts, essentially stated that it’s impossible to be a woman and be pro-life. An ironic position to take when you consider that abortion makes it impossible for…

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Is Trump’s lie about being a victim actually a campaign strategy?

Over the weekend, the Republican party of Wyoming held their state conventions to elect the delegates they will send to the national convention in Cleveland later this year. At stake were fourteen delegates, and Ted Cruz won them all. You…

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Donald Trump’s dishonest op-ed

When I saw Donald Trump’s op-ed in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, aka WSJ, I wrote this 500-word article to respond to Trump’s deceptions. I won’t rehash all of the arguments I made in the article. Instead, I’ll focus this post on some of the most intentionally dishonest statements in Mr. Trump’s op-ed, starting with […]

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