Anyone growing up in America has one vivid memory from childhood. Those dreaded trips to the doctor. Not because the doctor wasn’t nice but because of the chance he may pass that always dreaded sentence. “Yes Mrs. Smith, young Johnny is due for a vaccination”. At that point the instant fear of that needle becomes overwhelming. You know it’s the size of a fishing spear with not just one barb but ten. Here it comes. It will surely tear your arm apart and do permanent damage. Ouch!! And it’s done. Sure it hurt a little. It may have even left your arm a little sore or made you feel a bit off your game for a day. The thing is it has provided you a lifetime of immunity to a number of far more uncomfortable and possibly fatal diseases. You beat them before your exposed. Ted Cruz is getting all his shots.
Cruz will come out vaccinated against any dirty trick and lie that can be thrown at him.
Thinking back to the beginning of the campaigns of both Trump and Cruz you can’t help but recall the almost friendly relationship between the two. Some speculated that there was some sort of deal between them. That speculation has pretty much dried up as the race goes on but speculation is just that. Could be right. Could be wrong. Now that it’s down to just three Trump or his operatives or as claimed simply his supporters that he has nothing to do with have pretty much thrown the kitchen sink at Cruz. From citizenship status to conspiracy organization affiliation and right up to and including an extraordinary sex scandal. Ted Cruz has been attacked by every trick employed by the left and yes even the republicans that don’t favor a Cruz presidency. If I hear Donald Trump call Cruz “Ly’in Ted” one more time I think I’ll throw up. Even if I wasn’t a Cruz supporter I would be sick of hearing it. At least until Trump proves it which to date he hasn’t. In fact at least in the eyes of Cruz supporters he hasn’t proved anything against him and may not even want to.
Again going back to Donald Trumps announcement I was puzzled. I had to wonder why Donald Trump would want to be president. Heck he already lives in a near palace of his own design. He travels the world in his own private Air Force one. It was my feeling he never actually wanted the job. He just wanted to make a statement. Then this.
“I don’t think even Trump thought he would get this far,” she wrote. “And I don’t even know that he wanted to, which is perhaps the scariest prospect of all.
Trumps early success came from tapping into an anger among the electorate. An anger that I believe even surprised him. His rhetoric and outsider status gave him a swell of support unseen by any non political candidate. That same anger has eliminated every other candidate but Cruz who in his own right carries an outsider support. That outsider support has carried Trump a lot farther than it should have and by now if Trump were making a serious run he should have pivoted to a more statesman like demeanor. He hasn’t. His campaign is also doing an incredibly poor job of securing delegates. They aren’t fighting for the win. It’s being blamed on inexperience. I don’t believe it for a minute.
Another puzzling thing about the Trump campaign is his media support. Well actually not support but the overlooking of his sometimes outrageous statements and positions by conservative media. People like Rush, Hannity, and others that don’t say boo about stuff that a year ago would have made their heads explode. Well Trump needs a platform to do whatever it is he’s doing and what he’s doing isn’t all wrong. Hopefully he’s doing it for the right reasons. Exposing every form of dirty trick whether from the left or from right inside the republican party and conditioning the electorate to dismiss them as the garbage that they are. Never has the public had a better education on the party nomination process. We no longer have to wonder how a conservative base ends up voting for a John McCain or Mitt Romney in the general election.
The outcome of this primary isn’t etched in stone but it’s not hard to see a contested convention with Cruz coming out the nominee in the end. Cruz will come out vaccinated against any dirty trick and lie that can be thrown at him. When someone says “ly’in Ted” the gut reaction won’t be wow I better check that out. It will be “screw you I’ve heard that before”. In the end Donald Trump may be owed a debt of gratitude.