Ted Cruz, GOP now reap what they have sown for years

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, right, exchanges words with Donald Trump supporters during a campaign visit to Marion, Ind., on Monday, May 2, 2016. (Jeff Morehead/Chronicle-Tribune via AP)

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Campaigning in Marion, Indiana, Monday, Ted Cruz walked across the street from his rally and tried to engage a group of Donald Trump supporters in a political discussion. It did not go all that well.

In fact, the uncomfortable exchange pretty much epitomized the 2016 GOP presidential primary process, a process that seems more and more certain to deliver the GOP nomination into Trump’s hands.

I give Cruz a lot of credit here, both for initiating the conversation and for trying to keep it on a civil, fact-based plane. But what he got back in return was a rich dose of poetic justice. For a long time now, Republican politicians have been competing with each other on the basis of who could express more contempt for the process, for the establishment, for Washington, for government institutions, for the media. And nobody did it more intently or aggressively than Cruz, to the point that even his GOP colleagues came to despise him.

In the video excerpt above, you see Cruz hoisted on that very same petard. In one sense it’s not a fair fight — a Harvard-trained debating champ taking on an uninformed Trumpist. But in another sense, it is the Trump supporter who has the clear upper hand, because he has rendered himself immune to rationality and facts. He knows what he knows, and nothing else matters.

When Cruz tries to explain his position, he is slapped away by the smiling, smug rejoinder that he’s just “Lyin’ Ted.” “Career politicians have killed America,” someone from the crowd yells out, and the theme is picked up. “You are the problem, politician,” his debating opponent then tells Cruz. “You are the problem.”

That is precisely the attitude that Cruz has spent his career in Washington trying to nurture. And now he finds it being directed at him.

Sensing that he’s getting nowhere, Cruz grows frustrated. “Sir, facts matter!” he says at one point. “The truth matters…. In America, we are a nation that is better than anger and insults and cursing and rage.”

Well, we used to be better than that, and maybe we still are. We’ll see in the general election. But the point is that when you indulge yourself in the politics of anger and resentment, when you take that course to power, as the Republican Party has done, you don’t get to decide how far the fire burns.

 

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Avis Graham
Avis Graham

Most Trump supporters are educationally-challenged. They're gloating now.....as this process moves forward they will have less and less to gloat about. I'm going to enjoy watching the Republican Party self-destruct.

Peachs
Peachs

Governor Deal is started to act and look, like a governor!

Peachs
Peachs

"Some Republican operatives are so disgusted with their presumptive nominee that they will support Mrs. Clinton." NY Times


You start to get a coalition, when one party comes over to the other.  This next four years, could be as productive , for congress  as the last four were not productive.

Terry Alberding
Terry Alberding

This whole thing is disgusting!!!!!! FW hillbilly's for ya!!!!!!

Nicholas Young
Nicholas Young

This trump supporter is completely uneducated. He is buying everything mainstream media is saying. You think they bash trump? Is it bashing or flooding the airwaves with trumps face? The old homage is there is no such thing as bad press. So much bad Donald, not enough coverage of the good of the other candidates. This is why Ben Carson was not successful. No coverage because he did not participate in the mudslinging contest. Cruz and trump have been leaders of the bash political strategy that has seemingly won every election since 2000 and it's become the norm during elections which is sickening. People need to wake up and stop this inner division amongst citizens before it allows the federal government to overtake our rights completely.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Hillary was asked yesterday by a WV miner who had just lost his job why she said in March that if elected she would put the coal industry out of business, she replied " that's not what I meant "

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Infraredguy

1. dead thread here

2. this topic already discussed to death in here

3. you dumb enough to think there's a future in coal? Please vote for the Twunt.


/headin' upstairs.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Coal needs to go but with Hillary at the helm there is a good chance miners will get help in learning new skills. They won't be abandoned.

Starik
Starik

@NWGAL In West Virginia they've always been at the bottom, and I expect they'll remain there. 

Cal Stevens
Cal Stevens

Duh... can't change stuck on stupid!!!

chaptex
chaptex

Love your column Jay Bookman.

Kamchak
Kamchak

National Enquirer SHEETZ

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Kamchak 

Saw it on my WordPress feed.  I'm not wallowing in that one.  Y'all have fun.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

So, only one incident when Carnival landed yesterday in Havana Cuba.

A local guy waved a Murican flag (like welcome or something), and for some reason was arrested for that.

oh well

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TBS 

It's the heavy water he drinks that makes him face plant.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@TBS psst, psst.  Hey, just between me and you....Politifact has a less than stellar history. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany 

 Politifact has a less than stellar history.  

breitbart says, "What?"

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany 

since she was the one that came up with the idea.

Just as I remembered it.

You asserted she "came up with the idea", and no mention of any "supporter".

Just the facts, ma'am.

Just the facts.

TBS
TBS

Psst psst

You made an assertion about HC being a birther but have yet to back it up

Spewing more bs isn't substantiation

But do keep face planting as you did with your jobs comments last week

Damn that was funny

Hope you face is ok

TBS
TBS

DIA does love to lie and do the two right foot clod hop.. He do

gotalife
gotalife

So add the national enquirer to your favorites to research trump attacks on Hillary.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Does anyone seriously think that Americans, not Republican primary voters, but general election voters are going to vote for a man that has called women  'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals.'?  A man who also led a birther movement to find the President's birth certificate and was serious about it?  A man who said that POW's are losers because they get caught?

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

The only cool conservative ever was Lee Atwater and maybe Mary Matalin in her coke days.

Republicans hate cool people. That's why they went after Obama so hard. If JFK came back today they'd explode.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Obama is cool.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

The star people fly right by here, and don't even slow down.

they might even speed up

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DownInAlbany 

Maybe Hils and Don can work on the birth certificate together since she was the one that came up with the idea.

You can substantiate this, yes?

Please, show your work.

Thanks in advance, sport.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Nick_Danger 

Maybe the evidence is in the Arizona desert next to that Muslim prayer soccer jersey rug.

NWGAL
NWGAL

DIA, Projecting much?

NWGAL
NWGAL

I suspect that they are reserving that for Bernie if he wins the nomination.