Now that Sen. Ted Cruz has dumped the last of his dignity into a moral landfill by endorsing Donald Trump, the tear-down of the Republican Party is complete.
While the new edifice has none of the grandeur of Trump’s debt-ridden real estate, it undoubtedly is the one he is most proud of, since it comes with an option on keys to the White House.
Best of all for Trump, his rehab of the Republican Party was done on the cheap. He built it mostly with his mouth, name-calling everyone who got in the way of his Party planning.
Trump considered all of his opponents “losers.” He was more than happy to explain their no-win differences.
Marco Rubio was dismissed as “Little Marco.” Jeb Bush was called out for having no energy. Ben Carson was deemed unsuitable for public office because of his “pathological temper.” The word “ugly” was not used by Trump against Carly Fiorina, but that is obviously what he thought of “that face.” Rich Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test,” Trump said, and Chris Christie was “a disaster” as New Jersey’s governor.
Early on, Cruz and Trump stayed out of each other’s hair. They even passed a few compliments between themselves. But the bromance never had a chance.
Trump rebranded Cruz “lyin’ Ted.” Cruz responded with a brick wall of vitriol, calling Trump a “narcissist,” a “pathological liar” a “philanderer” and “utterly amoral.” Trump insulted Cruz’s wife. Then he implied that Cruz’s father had a role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
It seemed there was no way they could ever play nice with each other again.
The road to recovery began when Cruz was given a prime time slot to speak at the Republican National Convention. It was assumed he would be a good soldier and basically say of Trump, “I’m with him.”
Instead of endorsing Trump, Cruz used his time to annoy nearly everyone in the room when he encouraged Republicans to “vote your conscience.” He was booed and probably showered with a few course names that even Trump hadn’t used.
The next day, Cruz sounded like a mensch when he told a group of Texas delegates:
“I’m not going to get into criticizing or attacking Donald Trump, but I’ll give you this response: I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father.” To do so would make him no better than “a servile puppy dog,” he added.
Cruz has a reputation as a political renegade; as someone who manages to spell “team” with an “I”; as a loose canon and go-it-alone tactician who is despised by his own party nearly as much as he is by Democrats.
At the Republican Convention, however, Cruz sounded like a man standing on principles, rather than political correctness or expediency. Apparently, standing up for his father and wife were more important than pledging allegiance to a man he does not respect and may even dislike.
And then Cruz posted this on his Facebook page on Friday, Sept. 23:
“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.”
And Don saw that it was good, and on the same day he thanked his servile puppy dog.