Let’s be honest. Most people wouldn’t even look at someone if they attacked their parent or spouse in the way Trump did to Cruz’s wife and father. Calling an American judge of Mexican descent unqualified because of his heritage, Trump saying he would force the military to take actions deemed as war crimes and accusing Cruz’s father of being involved in the Kennedy assassination are all examples of comments made by the Republican nominee after the pledge taken by his opponents to support whoever wins the primaries. But let’s be tell it like it is. What people are really showing is that they are backing their new ESTABLISHMENT candidate Donald Trump, who not only didn’t fight the establishment, he manipulated it to his benefit. So congratulations on your candidate who I may very well win, and continue to vilify Ted Cruz who actually is anti-establishment, one of the reasons he is hated. Personally, and this is coming from a social liberal, I found Ted Cruz to be refreshing and commend him to have the strength of character that typical politicians like Rubio, Walker and Ryan didn’t have.
What Ted Cruz magnified last night, at least for people willing to see it, is the difference between pandering to people’s fears and paranoia and actually bucking the establishment. My socially liberal views always held me back from being an all out Cruz supporter, but I will say, as someone who always has appreciated him for his unapologetic support for Israel that today I have more respect for him than I’ve ever had. I know that’s an unpopular view, particularly with Trump supporters, I’m not one anyway, but what other Republican politician has presented himself in a more dignified way in opposition of Donald Trump? John Kasich has stood strong but done so in a passive-aggressive manner that has made his defiance somewhat irrelevant. But what Ted Cruz did in standing firm on what he believes in, exercising his right to free speech and not caving to the pressure from the establishment, shows that there is a genuine side to him.
What Ted Cruz proved last night was that once again the establishment has won. About a year and a half ago I predicted the election would be Clinton against Bush. When the primaries began and Trump started making waves, I insisted the establishment wouldn’t let him win. But I was wrong. Why? Because the Republican establishment outsmarted all the Republican voters looking for an anti-establishment candidate. Rather than forcing in their establishment candidate, once they knew there was no stopping what was happening, they made the candidate the establishment and blended with him. Since Trump is really only about winning and gaining power, he bought right into it. Now enter Ted Cruz who comes along and shows that he still isn’t the establishment and he is verbally destroyed by what else, the new Donald J. Trump Republican establishment. Excuse my vulgarity, but outsider my ass. Trump presented himself as an outsider, gained popularity and wiggled his way from the outside to the inside and changed the Republican Party forever. Whether the Republicans want to admit it or not, Donald Trump is the new King of their establishment, not the destroyer. At least for now. I hope Trump does a great job should he get elected, but besides hoping he doesn’t get elected, should he fall on his face before or after the election, years from now now there will be Republicans who will admit their party got hijacked and Republicans who will deny it. But love him or hate him, no one can ever say Ted Cruz didn’t tell you so. And now the Republican establishment, led by one Donald J. Trump hates him for it.
There is one other possibility, and that is that every “controversy” of the convention has been orchestrated. As the old saying goes, “made you look”.
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