I have repeatedly stated that Cruz should have taken a Ronald Reagan approach. Reagan didn't endorse Ford, but he stood on the platform during the convention and gave a tremendous speech about unity, the risks we faced and he did it standing right next to Ford. Heck, he was almost arm-in-arm with Ford and smiling at him every time he looked at Ford. Everything about Reagan's speech and demeanor called for people to vote for Gerald Ford. Four years later, Reagan was elected and became the greatest President this country has ever seen. Politicians plan and scheem, while statesmen put the country's best interest ahead of their own.JALLEN wrote:. . . I don't understand the vitriol over Cruz. He didn't use the "e" word. So what? If he refuses to participate with Trump in the campaign, that might be a different story.
Cruz's failure wasn't the lack of stating "I endorse Trump," it was what he said about the voting booth. Cruz said to go down the ballot and vote for people individually. (Message: Don't vote straight Republican ticket.] Then he said to "vote your conscience." Overall his speech was great, but it was the ending I have discussed that drew boos so loud his final words could hardly be heard.
I pains me to say these things about a man I have respected, appreciated and supported since he was Solicitor General of Texas. He's brilliant and he's right on most if not all issues, at least in my view. Last night, at a minimum, he took a step toward making sure none of the values he has professed and that I share will be exhibited by the next occupant of the White House. At worst, he did so for selfish reasons and in a misguided attempt to pave a way for him to become President.
Remember, 2020 is not merely fours years hence, it's four years and four Supreme Court Justices down the road.