Don’t go there, Ted Cruz (he didn’t)

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UPDATE at 9:59 p.m:

Well, Ted Cruz did NOT endorse Donald Trump. To the contrary, his comments can be and were in fact intended to be interpreted as a condemnation of Trump. It was a pretty amazing performance.

“We deserve 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,” Cruz told his fellow Republicans, and for some strange reason they immediately recognized that language as a slam on Trump and began to react.

Cruz then urged them not to stay home in November. “Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.” Again, the crowd knew immediately that Trump, the man whom they had nominated as their party’s champion, did not meet those standards, at least not in Cruz’s mind, that the call to “vote your conscience” was a call not to support Trump. Many responded with harsh booing.

Cruz stood at the podium and seemed to smile and bask in the the booing as if it were applause.

I write below that I didn’t think it would matter much in November whether Cruz endorsed Trump or not, that it was largely a question of whether Cruz would stand up for himself and his family against Trump’s outrageous personal attacks. But having watched how Cruz deftly and quite publicly validated the doubts that some Republicans still harbor about Trump, I’m thinking that might not be true.

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ORIGINALLY POSTED AT 7:30 p.m. Wednesday:

I am not, and never will be, a fan of Ted Cruz. Neither his politics nor his personality appeals to me, and I cannot conceive of circumstances in which I could vote for him for president.

OK, maybe if the choice somehow came down to Cruz and Donald Trump. But other than that ….

With all that said, I hope for very human reasons that Cruz does not endorse or embrace Trump in tonight’s speech. I know politics is a tough business; I know that a lot of ugly things are said in the heat of political battle that tend to be forgotten afterward, especially in primary contests when a party has to reunite against a common opponent.

But if someone had publicly called my wife ugly and claimed that my own father had helped to assassinate President John F. Kennedy,  if someone had called me a sniveling coward, a “pussy”, and had attacked the sincerity of my faith, then no: You will not get an endorsement from me, and I’d bet that the same is true of 99.9 percent of Americans. (The other 0.1 percent includes both Chris Christie and Ben Carson.)

Think about your own lives: Could you throw your support to someone who had done that to your family publicly, in hopes that you would later get a promotion out of your obsequious behavior? Could you be that craven?

Politicians aren’t very popular these days, for a lot of reasons. But one of those reasons is that ambition drives them to say and do things that they know are wrong, and that the rest of us know are wrong. Maybe endorsing Trump tonight will help Cruz in a later presidential run; he’s getting a lot of pressure based on that argument. And really, I don’t think the outcome of the November election rides at all on what Cruz says tonight. It’s the kind of thing that political types obsess about but that probably don’t have much long-term impact.

But if we ever hope to bring our political rhetoric back within sight of basic decency, then somebody has to publicly draw the line between the harsh and brutal and the totally unacceptable. Again, I will never support Ted Cruz for president or any other office. But I do hope that he stands up for himself, his family and some smidgen of civility.

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jeffcamaro
jeffcamaro

I just remember one of the first debates when they all raised their hands  to swear they would support the  Repub nominee--except Trump.  And now he's pissed cause no one will support  him!!  You cant make this stuff up?


foo2u
foo2u

Who's up tonight? Snowbilly Snooki, our next secretary of energy?

Up In Cleveland
Up In Cleveland

@foo2u Energy Secretary was up last night, a fracking billionaire. Tonight will probably be Joe Arpaio, future Sec. of Defense.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 Just Trump's very saying something to question the sacredness of the NATO defense clause is momentous.


Highly unlikely


1. NATO isnt going anywhere for a long long time. Especially with Putin occupying parts of Ukraine today.


2. If the country is to pull out of NATO fine. Get it done through a political process. But while the agreement is in place not honoring it would be a huge mistake.


This is typical Trump. A little short on funds. Dont pay the contractors.


Hey its just Poland right ?



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 Plus, Trump would not fail to honor an agreement.


He pretty much said he wouldn't


With Putin's invasion of Ukraine and annexing Crimea by force our allies must feel very secure knowing he wouldn't


Too many people died bringing down the iron curtain just to sit back and watch Putin put it back up again.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

JohnnyReb

NATO countries are using their revenues to support a welfare state that exceeds ours while our tax dollars are used for their defense.

It's long past time for that to stop.

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Ahhhhh I see. So what this is really about is a back-door way of opposing those pinko socialist regimes of Europe and their welfare states, with a (wink-wink) reassurance that it will be more than made up for with a pro war stance all around.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Has anyone mentioned/noticed that the website seems more user-friendly this AM?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Nick_Danger I was noticing the new font (or is it just a lighter font color?).

Kamchak
Kamchak

@JohnnyReb 

(shrug)

You're a big boy now.

I'm almost positive you'll get over it.

Normd
Normd

Cruz said he didn't expect anyone to write in his name too...hmmm.  I think he's putting the idea out there...He's a sleaze bag, but an oily one...that's all I'm saying...

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

It was especially classy the way many at the convention threatened the wife of the runner-up to the nominee.  Nice.  Very Trumpesque.

Up In Cleveland
Up In Cleveland

Just got here. Don't know if anyone else mentioned it but I saw a tweet that said Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump may be the same as being one of the few Democrats that didn't cave and vote for the Iraq war. Most commentators said this would hurt him in 2020 but I don't think so. And if Trump wins Cruz is going to look really good by 2020.

Up In Cleveland
Up In Cleveland

@RaindroidWillBoy @Up In Cleveland Nominating trump is a disastrously bad thing. The few people who have enough character to not fall in line (even Cruz, who indeed does have plenty of personal reasons to spite Trump) are going to look mighty good. I got nauseous watching Pence fawn all over a man that I know he doesn't believe is right for the job.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@raindrops,

I see the connection. Cruz will be able to say I told you so,if Trump goes down in flames. It's a gamble but I understand

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@Up In Cleveland


Interesting but I don't see the connection...Cruz IMO got his feelings damaged for good reason and responded accordingly.  Who knows where the rudderless GOP will be at that time.  

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@BuckeyeGa


Makes sense especially provided short memories....GOP needs to be fractured and put back together again and they much have someone with a brain who knows that is not to continue to push right of right..

Up In Cleveland
Up In Cleveland

@RaindroidWillBoy @Up In Cleveland He may be the The Republican standard bearer but he is not the only option. If your party nominates someone you feel is totally unqualified you certainly have the option of withholding your endorsement. You don't need hyperbole. He is not qualified to be Pres. Having observed his behavior it is entirely reasonable to think that a Trump presidency would be a disaster.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Number two story, New York Times: Donald Trump questions automatic defense clause of NATO.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Donnie_Pinko NATO countries are using their revenues to support a welfare state that exceeds ours while our tax dollars are used for their defense.

It's long past time for that to stop.

Plus, Trump would not fail to honor an agreement.  To think so, is more LibProg BS.


RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@Nick_Danger @RaindroidWillBoy @Donnie_Pinko


It's not unlike illegals, cutting in line rushing here to have babies knowing the benefits and our charitable nature.  What they don't see is that it is they who are jeopardizing the family unity not the law.  Taking but not making fair share contribution...


He wants them to honor their commitment and I'd never take is comments as anything other than starting a negotiation.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Ted just gave a news conference.

He has exchanged the shovel for the hammer, as in nailing his coffin shut.

Talk about bad judgment.

foo2u
foo2u

The only principled wingnut left...

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@Nick_Danger @JohnnyReb


Only to the extent IMO that the religious right maintains the same level of influence and nobody of any substance runs against him.


Seems to me that our sociology follows that of Europe less a decade or so. Religion there has continued to decline as a defining influence....Heck I remember going to UK in the 80's and seeing nudity on late night TV unheard of here at that time..

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@RaindroidWillBoy @Nick_Danger @JohnnyReb 

Oh, I didn't say he had a chance! 

But Christie and other lapdogs are definitely going to be out.  It was smart of Cruz to distance himself, on ethical grounds (not political), from this train wreck.  In 2020, he'll explain that he was trying to save the Republican party.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@skydog12 

Something is seriously wrong with the way police operate in this country. 

We need to get past blame, and figure out how to fix it, IMO.

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@skydog12


Pretty ugly but we will see if there exists another side of the story that the press isn't interested in running down at this point..

skydog12
skydog12

@RaindroidWillBoy @skydog12

Hey Rain, did you see the study that I found?

It says, whites and blacks are more intimidated by black men they encounter on the street.

This intimidation is a subconscious thought, not a conscious thought.

When I see a person dressed in a full robe, I say, "A Muslium, OK, so what? Same with anybody who looks different than me, but this is a conscious thought.


Maybe this sub conscience thing partially explains what is happening with the police shootings?