Friday, September 23, 2016

#NeverTrump 2/15/16* - 9/23/16

Principled conservative Ted Cruz, the shining principled beacon of post-Trump America, has folded like something that folds either extremely badly or extremely well, take your pick. (None of these seemed appropriate.) In a bold yet principled twist, he did so on Friday afternoon, a time traditionally reserved for news releases that the releasers hope don't get noticed. (I will readily admit that Both Sides Definitely Do That, out of principle of course.)

Color me shocked. No, wait, what's that other color - oh yeah, got it: utterly unsurprised. (For a few weeks in the early '70s it was included between Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber in the Crayola 64 boxes.)

This post, I think, has improved somewhat from its first draft, which consisted of the following paragraph:


Anyway, all of this will be forgotten in time for 2020, so Cruz has nothing to lose by betraying, in however principled a manner, his staunchest supporters. Besides, it's not possible for a heel, even a principled one, to do a heel turn.

*Conservative foolishness has many parents but I am dating the rise of #NeverTrump to the publication of National Review's hilarious parody edition.


JCC said...

This makes no sense to me at all. He already pretty much burned his bridges with his performance at the RNC - it's clear that Trump does not forget or forgive. This isn't going to make Cruz more popular with the Republican establishment. His only hope for future relevance was for Trump to go down in flames and Cruz to be able to try to be the #1 candidate to pick up the pieces. Now he's aboard that flight. Weird.

Dave S. said...

This piece (via No More Mister Nice Blog) may provide some insight. I think it's a combination of that and the fact that Cruz is not a particularly adroit politician.

Anonymous said...

He is who they thought he was.