Knowing how passive-aggressive most Republicans (Americans) are nowadays, this is my biggest fear about the convention. That folks decide instead of taking on Trump, they’ll talk themselves into some half measure compromise like “let’s make Ted Cruz the running mate on the convention floor because, unity.”
If you think, or would like, Ted Cruz to have a future in the White House down the road, don’t you dare do that. For if you pull this stunt, you’re putting one of the last untainted potential future leaders we have in a terrible box.
If he becomes Trump’s running mate he has to be his schlep water carrier for four months, creating a catalogue of indefensible statements that will make him look foolish and be used against him in the future. And then if he doesn’t do that and tries to become his own man, the media will make the campaign Cruz v. Trump to help Hillary. Trump will lose in November (he’s likely going to lose anyway, but that’s besides the point), and the system will blame it on Cruz faster than you can say “McCain-Palin.”
On the other hand, if the delegates pull this stunt and Cruz refuses, he’ll be painted as leaving his base in the lurch when they asked him to serve. So he can’t win either way. It’s a lose-lose.
Ted Cruz and his family have taken enough crap standing up for what we believe in. And more crap than just about any elected Republican in recent memory. Please don’t throw them out there like lambs to slaughter with some kind of hackneyed plan to avoid a showdown. Ted is playing it smart by lying low and riding the storm out, and it’s best for us if he does that as well.
The fight is with Trump and his cult/con. If you don’t have the stones to take him on, fine, I know it’s a tough road to hoe. But then just keep your mouth shut and don’t throw Cruz into the fiery furnace as your fig leaf to rationalize.
Disclaimer: this opinion is my own. I have not discussed this with Ted Cruz or anyone that worked for his campaign. So this post is not to be taken as some kind of back channel message. Just my own take.
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