Ted Cruz in Cleveland: Ambition vs Family, Family Wins

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Ted Cruz in Cleveland: Ambition vs Family, Family Wins

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?

Just this.

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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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?

Just this.

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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