An interesting drama has begun playing out over the last week or so as more and more members of the GOP establishment-class have begun waking up to a world where Donald Trump seems like the inevitable GOP presidential candidate. I am sure that if you would have told the establishment 12 months ago that Donald Trump would be their nominee, most of them would have laughed in your face. Today however, some seem on the verge of tears.
To make matters worse for the establishment, the only viable candidate to stop Mr. Trump is the one guy they all hated just last month – [score]Ted Cruz[/score]. Today, Senator Cruz, has become their muse, their hope, their preferred candidate. (I know – it’s as if we’ve stepped into the Twilight Zone.) Just this past week establishment guru [score]Lindsey Graham[/score] hosted a fundraiser for Cruz, just weeks after “joking” about Cruz’s murder! And John McCain’s closest confidante said Cruz was the GOP’s only hope, it was [score]John McCain[/score] who once called Cruz and his allies “Whacko Birds”! The world truly is upside down.
But on Wednesday morning it got even crazier, when Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz.
I wanted you all to be the first to know that today I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President.
Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests, including yesterday’s Utah caucus.
As I said from the moment I launched my presidential campaign, the stakes in 2016 couldn’t be higher.
Washington is broken, too many families are stuck in poverty and Western civilization is under attack from radical Islamic terrorists, as evidenced by the horrific attack in Brussels, which was preceded by attacks in Paris and California.
For the sake of our party and country, we must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall.
That is the only way we can reverse President Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policy agenda, and turn our country around.
Republicans can win back the White House and put our nation on a path to security and prosperity if we support a nominee who can unite our party and articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential.
I hope you will join me in supporting Ted’s campaign by visitingwww.tedcruz.org, and contributing and volunteering.
Cruz warmly accepted Jeb’s support saying he was “truly honored” by the move.
“I’m truly honored to earn Governor Jeb Bush’s support. Governor Bush was an extraordinary governor of Florida, and his record of job creation and education innovation left a lasting legacy for millions of Floridians. His endorsement today is further evidence that Republicans are continuing to unite behind our campaign to nominate a proven conservative to defeat Hillary Clinton in November, take back the White House, and ensure a freer and more prosperous America for future generations.”
Cruz received another boost on Wednesday, this one from a more conservative and less establishment politician. Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) speaking on a Wisconsin radio show Wednesday morning said that Ted Cruz was the only candidate with a chance to beat Donald Trump for the nomination.
Though not an explicit endorsement, the Wisconsin Journal suspects that it is an indication that one may be forthcoming.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the only viable alternative to front-runner Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary, Gov Scott Walker said Wednesday hinting at a possible endorsement.
“If you’re someone who is uneasy with the front-runner right now, there’s really only one candidate,” Walker said in a taped interview that aired on WTMJ Wednesday morning. “Ted Cruz is the only one who’s got a chance other than Donald Trump to win the nomination statistically, and my friend Gov. (John) Kasich cannot.”
Walker also mentioned that an open convention wasn’t necessarily something that the GOP should fear.
“I don’t think an open convention’s a bad thing,” said Walker, later adding that process put Abraham Lincoln on track to the White House. He said if Trump fails to win the needed delegates, he doesn’t expect Trump will gather them on the floor of the convention.
Lastly, the Club for Growth finally decided to endorse a candidate, and they too chose Ted Cruz:
“Ted Cruz is the best free-market, pro-growth, limited-government candidate in the presidential race,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a statement.
The Club for Growth PAC has never previously endorsed in a presidential race.
“This year is different,” McIntosh said, “because there is a vast gulf between the two leading Republican candidates on matters of economic liberty. Their records make clear that Ted Cruz is a consistent conservative who will fight to shrink the federal footprint, while Donald Trump would seek to remake government in his desired image.”
The last major endorsement shoe to drop seems to be [score]Marco Rubio[/score]. Will the former presidential candidate finally weigh in on the race, or will he remain silent? DC Whispers says we may know soon.
The race is tight, and while Mr. Trump holds a strong lead, if the race continues as it has over the first 30+ contests, then no candidate will be able to earn the 1237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot at the convention. Meaning all of these endorsements that Senator Cruz is now racking up may end up playing a major role in the outcome of the nominating process. Needless to say, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the race all the way to the RNC.
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