Last night Ted Cruz was given an opportunity to address the Republican National Convention, which the night before had nominated Donald Trump for President. Given a golden opportunity to enhance a fairly damaged and toxic reputation, Cruz proceeded to refuse to endorse Trump outright and was roundly booed off the stage in a political backlash rarely captured on live television.
Cruz had previously signed the pledge to support the eventual republican nominee. Not doing so, and in the most public way possible, only underscored the label with which Trump had tagged him during the primary season: Lyin’ Ted. Cruz seemed unable to perform against type and, in doing so, severely damaged, if not ended outright, his political career.
We all have bad judgment from time to time but it’s uncommon to see a monumental case of it being shown in public and with no self-awareness.
Cruz was widely condemned last night although a few dead enders of the dead end “Never Trump” bleated their approval. The neocons were happy because Trump has become their mortal enemy. They resent his getting traction with the American voter about not getting into useless wars hither and yon.
This morning Cruz attended the breakfast meeting of the Texas delegation in Cleveland and, as the saying goes, things went from bad to worse. He doubled down on his performance although he said he would never vote for Hillary. The delegation revolted and cheered and applauded one delegate who called him out for his dishonesty.
Media are besides themselves, once more, thinking this was a grievous wound to Trump. It was, of course, anything but. Trump allowed his bitter, pouting opponent a clear chance to make the best case for his own continued political relevance and he blew it.
Trump will speak tonight and the entire nation will be watching. Some speculate that he’ll mention Cruz, or refer to him without naming, but I think that unlikely. Tonight is the traditional start of the general campaign. Unlike the hapless Cruz, Donald Trump isn’t prone to throwing away opportunities.
Read the whole thing at Blazing Cat Fur.