Mr. Scratch (the devil): [whispering to Webster while he writes his speech] Listen, Black Daniel, you’re wasting your time writing speeches like that. Why worry about the people and their problems? Think of your own. You want to be president of this country, don’t you? And you ought to be! Inauguration Day parade: Bands playing, horses prancing, the sun shining on the stars and stripes waving in the breeze, crowds cheering ‘Daniel Webster, President of the United States of America!’ Don’t be a fool. Stop bothering with that speech and get busy promoting yourself…
Daniel Webster: BE STILL!
The Devil & Daniel Webster 1941
As regular readers of this blog know I’m a Ted Cruz fan. I endorsed him early, supported him through the primaries and was very disappointed that the GOP choose Donald Trump over him.
As regular readers of this blog also know two weeks ago I endorsed Donald Trump citing the danger of electing Hillary and normalizing the efforts of the left to use the IRS and various arms of government to oppress religious and political conservatives. I also stated that if we reward the Corruption of Hillary Clinton with the presidency we would get more of it.
Yesterday Ted Cruz went before the convention to make the speech that being the runner up in a seventeen person field and winning nearly 20 state, he was entitled to make. On the meat of the speech I’ll say nothing because we all know where Ted stands and always had. What I will talk about is the choice he had to make: Would he endorse Donald Trump or not.
Ted Cruz is a young and talented man, there is little doubt that he would be a formidable candidate in the future.
Ted Cruz is also a knowledgeable man, he is quite aware of what Hillary Clinton is and what her election would mean.
Ted Cruz is also a man who knows how to think strategically. Regardless of what some have said an Endorsement of Trump, while disappointing to some would have a lot of upside:
If Trump lost he would be able to count on help from Trump supporters, particularly if he went out on the stump or employed his grassroots team, the type of team that Trump needs right now.
If Trump won, there was always 2024 or 2020 if Trump decided to serve only one term (which I think is likely) and if he helped getting the immigration and ISIS plans of a Trump admin through the senate he could rightly take credit for the results.
Yet if he failed to endorse, he would not only have caused an uproar among trump supporters, but he would ensure that a billionaire and his children would have a chip on their shoulder and the money to spend on many more to destroy any such Ted Cruz run for president.
Against all that upside (and avoiding down side) what was the downside?
He would have to betray his family.
If the only thing Ted Cruz had to worry about the false “lying Ted” business I suspect he would have let it go and endorsed Trump.
But Trump and his team slandered Ted Cruz’s father and insulted his wife and did so publicly, and Ted Cruz is half Italian.
To my knowledge Trump has not apologized either publicly or privately If he had then perhaps Cruz could have let it go.
But to publicly endorse Trump would have sent a message to his daughters, that their mother and grandfather meant less to their father than his ambitions.
What man who respects his father and loves his wife and daughters could do such a thing?
A lot of pundits think Ted Cruz’s non endorsement was about ambition, they were right.
It was his ambition to be loyal to his wife and married to her till death do them part and his ambition to teach his children that family trumps power.
That fact that people don’t realize this, the fact that they think it’s about his next run for the White House, frankly says more about those who think this than it does about him.
It might not have been the right thing for the party and you might even make the case that it wasn’t the right thing for his country, but it was the right thing for his wife, his father and his daughters and that’s the first duty of a husband.
Exit question: Given my opinion you might wonder why was I willing to endorse Mr. Trump, that’s rather easy. It was not my wife & father that were slandered, thus I am in a position to be more pragmatic and allow the danger of Hillary Clinton to both the country and my family to override my personal honor.
If it had been my wife & father, no power on earth could have prevented me from decking him, let alone getting an endorsement. After all Ted Cruz is only part Italian, I’m a full blooded Sicilian.
Closing thought 1. Donald Trump is lucky this didn’t happen in the election of 1816 instead of 2016. If it had I suspect Cruz would have called him out and shot him.
Closing thought 2: All this being said, Trump knowing what was coming, handled the situation brilliantly and to maximum effect, but that’s a later post.
Update: I think Ted put it perfect here
“I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and my father. And that pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you slander and attack Heidi that I’m going to nonetheless come like a servile puppy dog and say ‘thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father’.”
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