Texas Senator Ted Cruz has made a name for himself in Washington, D.C., and in Texas where name recognition means everything to a political candidate. So far in this year’s race for the Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz is running a solid second place campaign behind businessman Donald Trump. At this moment, Cruz is 262 delegates behind Trump, and other than Texas, has not won any of the larger states so far in this campaign. His 411 delegates just haven’t gotten him very far.
Trump’s 673 delegate total is more than half of the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the Republican nomination to run for President of the United States in the general election in November of this year. In most states, Cruz is trailing by double-digits to Trump. At this moment in Arizona, where the campaign heads this upcoming week, Trump holds a decisive 12 point lead over Cruz in a three man race between Trump, Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Kasich is so far behind Trump that he cannnot, on his own, gather enough delegates to win the nomination. Cruz has won 8 states, but that is nothing compared to the twenty states or territories that Trump has already won, and those won by a margin of double digits. Consider what just happened in Illinois and Florida. Illinois and Florida must be carried in the general election in the fall, or there is no direct path to the presidency. Cruz was unable to win not just Florida, and Illinois, but also in North Carolina and in Missouri; states where many people expected that Cruz would do well among evangelicals.
The reality on the ground is that if you are a voter who has suffered economically over the past eight years, you don’t want a candidate that has any connection to those currently serving in power; and that is where the presidential election will be won. The middle class and blue collar voters are gravitating to Trump, and they are the biggest group of voters in the United States. If you can win both the middle class and the blue collar vote, you will be very, very difficult to defeat. Even moreso when your competition is attempting to achieve a come from behind win.
Many people expected for Cruz to win over the blue collar, middle class voters with his tough talk on the border and immigration. But immigration policy does not put that many people to work on its own. Without economic revitalization, there are no construction jobs, no manufacturing jobs, and not much hope for a future better than what we experience right now.
As most of us know, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The truth is that our legislature in Washington, D.C., our Congress, has spent more than it receives in taxes and fees, and not one word is being said by Cruz regarding replacing the entire Congress, all the long time bureaucrats and legislative aides, and all of the other excesses that go on in Washington. Cruz doesn’t mention it because he is just as much an insider in Washington as a Senator who has spent 8 terms in office. Cruz is part of the problem, because he seeks confrontation, rather than negotiation.
Imagine being a fly on the wall when wages are discussed on a union jobsite for another Trump project. Don’t you think that Trump will do all he can to reduce duplicate expenditures, and excess salaries? Of course he would. The important of delivering a construction project on time and under budget is something that Trump has done time and time again.
The Republican establishment believes that we, the voters, cannot live without the current power arrangement in Washington D.C. Over the course of the past eight years, ask yourself: how much better are you off now in 2016 versus 2008, or 2012 for that matter. For Trump to build several successful brands during the economic recession that began in 2008 is nothing short of absolutely phenominal.
When you have people talking to you about why we should have a Washington insider as President, you should ask them, “What will be different from what we have now?” I know that Congress cannot be plotting a government shutdown every time that the national budget is reviewed in Congress, and this is something that we cannot have going on, and must not agree to it again.
Ted Cruz was the inspiration for the last government shutdown, and all that I know is that I saw people of all social and economic backgrounds just get totally stressed out about it when it was going on. The people did not care who won or lost the battle, they wanted their government to function as the constitution defines. When Cruz instigated the shutdown, the reality was that the same deal was going to be struck no matter what, and Cruz didn’t like what had been negotiated.
On his own, Cruz became a one man wrecking ball, attempting to destroy everything that the Capitol building represents to us. He wanted to be that one person who created history; the rest of us be damned. He didn’t care about the consequences of the shutdown before he started the whole thing. You think he cares how you feel about it now, at this point in time?
Since Cruz does not have any reasonable probability of securing the nomination, he should pass his delegates back to the nominating committee for them to distribute as they see fit. Kasich has a far better chance of catching Trump than Cruz ever will, and that was completely demonstrated by Kasich in his win in the Ohio Republican primary.
Cruz knows that he does not have a prayer of winning the nomination, because he is not well liked enough for that. What he can do is come together with Trump and Kasich to stand with a united front, and unify the Republican party once and for all. Whether or not Cruz is mature enough to accept advice like that, I do not know. But I do know that Cruz cannot win the nomination on his own, and as a result, should work WITH Donald Trump and John Kasich to put together a winning team that the Democrats cannot defeat. Republicans have not only been waiting for unity; they are praying for it.
Harry Truman was not a conventional candidate. But he spoke the truth, just like Trump does. Republicans have a chance to put up a united front. The only question now is whether they actually will put up a single front of partisans to beat back the Democratic Party’s challenger. The future of the GOP rests in the balance.