Ted Cruz: Our Last, Best Hope

“…Our elites, to be sure, have sold us down the river. There’s unlimited capital for investors to buy foreclosed homes, while half of Americans can’t raise a down payment or qualify for a home mortgage. The Pentagon and the defense contractors slated a trillion dollars for the F-35, the biggest lemon in the history of military aviation, crowding out every other acquisition program in the military. Our tech companies have become a conspiracy to suppress innovation, managed by patent trolls instead of engineers. The financial industry ran the biggest scam in history, the subprime bubble of the 2000s, and the Obama administration hasn’t sent a single miscreant to jail (it just slapped multi-billion dollar fines on the banks’ stockholders, that is, your pension fund or 401k). The Clintons are a criminal enterprise, as Peter Schweizer showed in his book Clinton Cash. The foreign policy establishment treated the world like a giant social experiment and wasted blood and treasure to make the world safe for democracy.


Trump would be fine by me assuming he keeps his promises. Ted Cruz would as well, assuming he too kept his promises.

But it was Trump who brought the issues of Immigration, Islam and the Robber Baron economy to the fore and in doing so exposed the rot at the core of the GOP.

For that he deserves credit.

h/t Brett

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    One thing we must always be on guard about is our ideological enemies attemp to paint everyone as two-dimensional characters that alternate between stupid and evil.
    Either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump is vastly preferable over Clinton or Sanders, but even between the Cruz and Trump people there is a degree of acrimony that ABSOLUTELY AND POSITIVELY DOES NOT NEED TO BE THERE. This division only serves our common enemy and none of the core principles that we all find important.

    Just go back to last July (when Jeb was the odds-on favorite to win the nomination) and just look at what the candidates were saying at that time before it became plain to everyone that the winning message to the Republican electorate was fighting illegal immigration. Please just look, it will tell you volumes more than I ever could in a simple post.

    • Exactly so, this crap serves the enemy. I have seen similar squabbles in the anti-jihad movement, I stay away from being a member of any “camp”

    • Clink9

      Yep, ever since it became clear that Trump was winning the primaries, lots of conservatives have become incontinent.

      it should still be Anyone But Shrillary Or Burnie.

      That’s why it’s so funny watching Ace turn into an emotional puddle.

      • andycanuck

        Puddle or poodle?

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Ace is a puddle of poodles.
          Trump has some kind of magical spell that causes the frauds to ‘out’ themselves.
          I’m not talking about the people that think Ted Cruz might just be the better man, but the ones that just apoplecticly hate Trump.
          Rest assured that they are doing as instructed.
          The game has been rigged.

          • Clink9

            It’s so emotional.The only explanation I have is that muzzles have threatened him somehow.

          • Poodles often make puddles.

            But I digress.

            This sort of rot should be beneath politicians who claim to want to bring statesmanship back to respectability.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Au contraire ma sœur,
            I think that the last 30-odd years in U.S. presidential election have been unusually sedate by past standards, and we are just regressing back to the mean.
            By Canadian standards this year might be ‘off the charts’, but it’s not yet reached the apocalyptic levels of rhetoric I’m expecting to see by November.
            Remember this one thing about 2016: no accusation will be off limits.
            This is going to be a very exciting year, and I for one look forward to our thousand-year ‘Trumpenreich’. 😉

            Too soon?

          • Well, if you want this in-fighting to increase Hillary’s chances…

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I think Hillary is toast and could easily lose to either Cruz or Trump.

          • Hillary has never had a chance. Too much baggage.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I think she had a very good chance when this whole set piece of a battle was laid out with Jeb Bush being the presumptive nominee a year ago.
            He just had to go through the motions and it would all be his.
            His to lose to Hillary.
            The forces of darkness on both sides of the aisle really wanted her to win, now their plans are in ruins because of Trump.

          • Hillary was done before she began. Only the ovine masses believe in this lying cow.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            With a fawning press, she would have been very difficult for Jeb to defeat.

          • With both a fawning press and an idiot electorate, she may have had a chance.

            As I said, too much baggage.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            “Baggage” is a very relative concept.
            The last time I went to Europe I over-packed with two suitcases and a carry-on and I cursed my baggage all the way from San Diego to Heathrow, yet I still packed much less than any member of the royal family did on their last vacation.
            The difference is that I had to carry all my own luggage.
            The Clintons are different than you and I, because we have to carry our own luggage, wheres any Democrat party member will have a certain amount of baggage that always travels free and is never weighed by a curious media.
            Clinton should have already imploded, yet she’s the undisputed front runner for team dem.
            Because she has lots of people carrying her baggage.

          • Unless they testify against her.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Not her coconspirators, the press.
            They are, in effect, carrying her baggage.

          • It won’t matter how much the press carries for her if she is found guilty.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            And I think that is the crux of where we are not correctly exchanging points of view.
            She ain’t going to be prosicuted, because her inditement will never happen, and the press will ignore it, or better yet, they will try to spin that as proof of her innocence.
            Things are far more corrupt down here than I had imagined even six months ago.

          • We shall see.

    • El Martyachi

      Hey, easy on the two-dimensional characters that alternate between stupid and evil.

  • pdxnag

    Poor Ted’s anger when trying to shield his wife from scrutiny was truly frightening. He needs coaching from someone who could double as a writer or actor for SNL.

    • Brett_McS

      It’s like Hollywood rain: Real rain doesn’t look right on the screen.

  • El Martyachi

    Catch-up ball doesn’t begin to describe our predicament. We need nothing short of a great national turnaround.

    Ya know.. sometimes I wish for enough faith in.. well.. ANYTHING.. to consider “great national turnarounds” vaguely possible in today’s ethos. Really.

  • Brett_McS

    It’s a real gamble with Trump, but he has brought up the key immigration issue, and for that conservative Americans should be grateful.

    • jack burns

      As Laura Ingraham said, an argument for Trump is that we’ve tried everything else. Maybe its time for scorched earth.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I’d like to try Laura Ingraham.

    • Shebel

      What is too big a gamble anymore ?

      The gamble with Trump is that he will lose to a Democrat.

    • Minicapt

      Trump is the second revision of FDR, the first being Obama.


      • Clink9

        Heavy man.

  • jack burns

    Trump is hated and feared by the left much more so than Cruz, who is merely reviled. If Trump were elected I suspect that many lefties would actually disappear in a puff of smoke. Whatever the case, the rift between them needs to be healed, publicly.

  • Jay Currie

    I said it a while ago, Trump is Cruz’s bulldozer.

    I am not sure either of them planned it that way but three months ago it would have been crazy to think the GOPe would line up behind Cruz; now it is not so crazy.

  • Shebel

    If Muslims continue to massacre our women and babies , which they most surely Will – It is not a gamble . It is a Given.

    Which one ? Cruze or Trump — would defeat the Democrats ?

    • Rondo

      Trump is the only candidate that can beat Clinton

  • Rondo

    Cruz is not an outsider he is a insider.


    Here’s a little inside baseball from someone who actually knows the truth: the GOPe dislikes Cruz NOT because he’s an outsider, but because he’s an INSIDER who decided the best way to advance himself was to bite the hand that fed him. Let’s just say I am very close to someone in the GOPe machine and I’ll leave it at that.

    When Ted worked for Bush, he was angling for a bigger position than he got. He actually wanted to be the Attorney General.

    He thought he had more pull than he actually did, more juice because of some of his Texas connections. His marriage to Heidi was supposed to solidify his position because she was actually held in higher regard than Ted within the Texas/GOPe sphere. He was seen by the insiders as over ambitious, an opinion that was only ENFORCED by his reach to be named AG.

    So Ted decided since he knew the ins and outs of the GOPe (insofar as the GOP and Bushes were one and the same), and since he couldn’t advance any further within that sphere, that he would run against them.

    He ran for Senate against a GOPe favorite and won. He hoped this would show the GOPe that he was a serious contender and that they would welcome him back into the fold. It backfired, mostly because of Ted’s outsider rhetoric.

    Now Ted chose to run for POTUS, which on its surface was a slap in the face to Jeb Bush and the GOPe. In truth, it was an olive branch by Ted to the GOPe.

    Why? Because he was there to split the conservative vote in order to help Jeb win. He was never supposed to be in this position, but if it got down to him and Jeb, the fact that Ted isn’t natural born was going to come out, forcing him to drop out, leaving Jeb and his millions in donor money as the last man standing.

    Why do you think Jeb always spoke about winning without the base and losing the primaries to win the nomination? It all makes sense now, doesn’t it?

    Trump was the wildcard they didn’t expect. Ted was sent to cozy up to him with a non-aggression pact, but Trump was no dummy. He kept the Canadian Ted thing in his back pocket to use when needed.

    I could go on but bottom line, the GOPe is warming to Ted because he’s is not actually an enemy, but a prodigal son who tried to earn his way back into the fold by helping Bush.

  • Millie_Woods

    It’s looking like Cruz might have more baggage than is good for a Republican candidate. Trump on the other hand makes other people carry his baggage.

    And IMO, without Trump it will be back to this.