I’ve wanted to post about this for several days, just haven’t been able to get around to it. Besides, the situation has been so fluid since last week it didn’t hurt to wait. I still call on all my blog readers to resist the supposed Trump inevitability. Cruz has a very legitimate shot at the nomination now that Rubio is finally out. And by the way, outstanding speech by him tonight. Actually he has been stellar the last two weeks. He was very good and probably won the last debate. A classy departure and the patriotic thing to do.
I am not and have never been a Trump supporter, but somehow, he annoys me much less than Kasich. Kasich is doing a grave disservice to this nation staying in and is only helping Trump who he claims to appose. If Trump gets the nomination then it will be interesting to see if Kasich gets a cabinet position or something more. Ben Carson already confessed that he has a job offer. None of which is unprecedented in politics. It just gets under my skin more in this instance because the future of our country hangs in the balance and I remain convinced that Trump is a terrible (and insincere) choice to right things.
As recently as 5 days ago I was very encouraged that some old school Republicans were beginning to endorse Cruz. The Carly Fiorina endorsement I thought was significant as well. But we are all learning more every day just how sleazy the Republican establishment is. The only sensible thing to do, and the thing that is by far best for the nation, is for all the old guard (including McConnell) to get behind Ted Cruz. The RNC should be bringing out the big money (which they have in spades) for Cruz. Cruz can win the nomination outright and he would be infinitely better as President.
As it turns out none of that matters. Cruz called McCain and McConnell out on more than one occasion (and deservedly so) and they haven’t forgotten. The nation be damned. Ted Cruz has to pay. So tonight Fox reports that McConnell called Trump. Meanwhile, the delusional Kasich is staying in. I think at least McConnell and McCain might be starting to move toward Trump. This is how much they fear and hate true conservatism. (Or at least the closest thing we have seen to it in a couple of of decades.) They would rather have the clown act Trump than a brilliant conservative that could help turn this nation around. I may be wrong in my reading of the tea leaves but that looks like what is going down.
I have been angry with Newt lately. He has seemed like a shill for Trump in recent weeks. But he had good comments on Fox tonight. He said the GOP is insane if it thinks it is going to sneak Kasich and Romney in at the convention. The nominee has to be named Ted or Donald. The whole thing is fascinating and terrifying to watch unfold. I have no idea what’s going to happen going forward. Certainly Trump is the favorite but he is far from having it locked up. And with strong Cruz states coming up and Rubio having gotten out…