Ted Cruz: Perfect Republican

Ted CruzLast weekend, I was freaking out. The idea of Donald Trump winning the presidency is frightening. But this week, the polls have swung back in Hillary Clinton’s direction. I really do think the whole thing is simple: if the media stop talking about all the “questions” that “remain,” then she does better. The truth is that this election is going to go as I’ve long said: Republicans will vote for Trump, regardless of their supposed concerns about him. The perfect example of this was Friday’s announce by Ted Cruz that he was endorsing Trump.

Now why would he do that? After all, Ted Cruz was the man of principle! Why is he endorsing Trump now. Well, I think the direct cause is the same as my last weekend freak-out: it looks much more likely that Trump will win. If that happens, Cruz would be marginalized. He might even be primaried in 2018 and lose his awesome government job. But the issue is deeper than that.

Ted Cruz Looks Out for Ted Cruz

It was clear all along that Ted Cruz was looking toward the 2020 presidential election. If Trump went down in a major defeat in 2016, he could present himself as the Republican who really stands for something. As we all know, if Trump loses, the Republican Party will not blame it on its ideology and hostility toward simple governing competence. They will blame it on Trump being a bad candidate. And they will blame it on him not being a “true” conservative.

(Fun fact: what is a “true” conservative? A conservative who wins.)

Back in July, Trump’s chances of getting the presidency looked really bad. So Ted Cruz was making a calculated bet about his own future. It actually shows intelligence. I always wondered about Hillary Clinton and John Kerry with regard to their votes for the Iraq War. They were thinking short term. They weren’t playing the long game, and it hurt them both. So I’m impressed that Cruz even tried to play this long game.

Of course, the whole thing demonstrates that he is the opposite of what he claims to be. He doesn’t care about principle. Ted Cruz has no soul. He just wants power. That’s why he decided to snub Trump at the RNC. And that’s why he decided to endorse him on Friday. And this has been the complaint that people in the Republican Party itself have always had against Ted Cruz: he cares about his own political career and isn’t a team player.

Republican Party Looks Out for Republican Party

In that way, he’s perfect for the Republican Party. After all, the Republican Party is all about doing what is best for it at all costs. There are currently over 5 million American adults who do not have insurance simply because a whole lot of Republicans want to send some kind of message to President Obama. This certainly represents hundreds, if not thousands, of extra deaths each year. But partisan posturing is more important than the lives of constituents.

And that’s Ted Cruz. That’s why he’s a Republican. That’s why he didn’t endorse Trump before. And that’s why he did endorse Trump on Friday. He’s a vile guy. He’s the perfect Republican!

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4 thoughts on “Ted Cruz: Perfect Republican

  1. In early 2015, I was naive and thought that in the up coming GOP primary, Ben Carson would be the most entertaining of the bunch. Carson did, after all, make his campaign announcement after being serenaded by a black church choir that sang an Eminem song.

    My head said that Jeb Bush would be the eventual winner. As we know, the median Republican is not the independent minded rural hero who wrestles steers by day, reads Cicero by candle at night and agonizes about the health of the Republic. No the typical Republican is a slightly overweight suburbanite who sells insurance by day, watches pawn stars at night and falls in line politically.

    My gut said that Ted Cruz would somehow win because he looked like a GOP primary winner. He was a wealthy lawyer and an at times Washington and New York resident who was able to project an image of the aforementioned frontiersman-scholar that excites the conservative imagination. Also, Ted Cruz is basically Frank Underwood in real life.

    Turns out I was wrong all across the board. In early Summer of 2015, Donald Trump took that gilded escalator ride of destiny.

    • Well, Underwood is far smarter. Ted’s not a bright bulb. But otherwise, it’s a great comparison. Underwood would like to do nice things for starving babies and such, but only if it helps his career — and he’d sell those starving babies down the river in a heartbeat if it increased his power. Very Cruz.

      The odd thing, when I read that comparison you made? I thought of Trump. My biggest disappointment in “House Of Cards” was that the political scheming is ridiculous — nobody would get away with the shit Underwood does in that show. So you either take the silliness of it for granted as entertainment, or it drives you nuts. (I generally catch up on it when I’m sick, so I can enjoy the performers and glaze over the plot.)

      If you’d told me a serial liar of Trump’s ilk would be accepted by 45% of the American electorate, I would have said you’re as fanciful as “House Of Cards” writers. There’s no way! But there is. It’s like the stars aligned. A) Nobody cares about serious journalism anymore, so stories uncovering Trump’s lies (and crimes) don’t get retweeted. 10-second clips of his “bold statements” go viral. B) America is in a stagnant economic state brought on by bipartisan neoliberalism, so naturally voters respond to someone who doesn’t seem like a “typical” politician. C) We’ve been told for 36 years that government = bad, business = good, and people believe this propaganda despite all evidence to the contrary. Trump sells himself as a successful businessman, despite all evidence to the contrary. It’s working. D) Racism and sexism; we can never underestimate those factors.

      My God, Trump gets away with everything. But Trump just stumbled dumb-assedly into the stars aligning. Underwood would have planned it this way!

    • Being wrong doesn’t make your analysis bad. That makes a lot of sense. I really do think John Dean predicted the Trump nomination in Conservatives Without Conscience. Roughly half of the Republican Party is made up of authoritarian followers. They don’t care that Trump makes no sense; they only care that he is going to stick it to their enemies. The fact that they have little idea who “their enemies” are doesn’t matter a bit.

  2. House of Cards is like Breaking Bad, the events that take place in the show are unlikely but still within the realm of possibilities. Frank Underwood is largely based on Lyndon Johnson so some of Frank’s backroom machinations do seem plausible. Honestly, the most unbelievable things about the show are A.) moderate Republicans who are willing to govern and B.) an electorate that can swing 20 points within a day or two, those are what force me to really suspend disbelief.

    Regarding Donald Trump, you hit the nail on the head with the Republican idea that government is bad and business is good. The GOP primary voters simply took that idea to its logical extreme. Why mess around with people like Bush or Kasich who bear the shame of having been governors of States? Why not go with the guy with absolutely zero governing experience?

    I would also add that Trump’s appeal also has to do with the alt right’s preoccupation with “Washington” and the idea that if a person, no matter how conservative, serves any amount of time in a Federal Office, they are tainted. They are tainted by a Jewish elite that will make said conservative sympathetic to toward the black and brown underclass. In 1989, David Duke ran for state Senate in Louisiana and Ronald Reagan endorsed against Duke and I think that really created the perception that even the most reliable of conservatives are ruined by holding office in Washington.

    So the fact that Ted Cruz is a Senator meant that he choose to forego additional time in the virtuous private sector and moreover, he is holding office in Washington, D.C. so, in the minds of movement conservatives, he is manifestly unqualified, he is not a “real American.”

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