If anyone believed that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) would apologize for calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a liar, they haven’t been paying attention. Cruz’s decision to say something so harsh of McConnell and other GOP leaders wasn’t a slip up, it wasn’t a momentary indiscretion, and it wasn’t something that happened in a moment of weakness. It was a well-thought out and intricately planned attack, lobbed in an effort to draw such a stark line in the sand that conservatives everywhere would be forced to recognize that the mainstream, establishment GOP has drifted too far to the left for us to support.
— James Rosen (@JamesRosenFNC) March 16, 2016
In fact, Cruz’s decision to call out the leaders in Congress who lied to him was in and of itself the best proof that he is exactly the man we need in the White House.
— RC66 (@rafealcuzr66) March 16, 2016
It was a bold, principled and unrepentant act of rebellion against a corrupt Washington oligarchy, and it was a move that many pundits and establishment men said at the time signaled the end of his political aspirations. Yet, here we are, less than a year later and Ted Cruz is the GOP’s last hope for salvation.
Now Cruz and the GOP Establishment are playing a game of “Chicken,” and if the establishment knows what is good for it… they’ll stop trying to win. Cruz is the only Republican left with any hope of stopping the Trump Train, but he can’t do it without their support. Conversely, without Cruz, all is lost.
D.C. Republicans have two options right now: they can get behind Ted Cruz, or watch Trump hand Congress to the Dems. https://t.co/kCA2hGLSKy
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 16, 2016
It’s time for the establishment to put on their big boy pants and stop asking Cruz to make concessions they must know he’ll never make. Stop asking Cruz to apologize and start spending money to help him win.
Rumors now abound that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will travel to Arizona on Friday and publicly endorse his Senate colleague before Tuesday’s primary. There are also whispers that Mitt Romney will make his way to Utah to stump for Cruz over the weekend. Perhaps these are indications that the establishment has finally realized that electing an ideologue conservative would be far better for the nation and the party than nominating a New York City moderate who in the past has admitted he’s much more of a Democrat than a Republican.
AZ: Trump 31, Cruz 19, Rubio 10, 30% undecided. Rubio could endorse Cruz in AZ Friday; Romney to UT for Cruz Monday. https://t.co/n1jEEj3hXw
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) March 17, 2016
It’s not just Bill Kristol, Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney either… apparently, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is going to be actively fundraising for Senator Cruz!
“I have doubts about Mr. Trump, I don’t think he’s a Republican, I don’t think he’s a conservative, I think his campaign’s built on xenophobia, race-baiting and religious bigotry, I think he’d be a disaster for our party and as Senator Cruz would not be my first choice, I think he is a Republican conservative who I could support.”
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