Some GOP establishment types and some GOP Senators are asking Ted Cruz to reconcile with his peers and apologize to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, thereby showing “good faith” in order to “earn” their support.
Isn’t that ironic? Cruz is the last candidate who could beat Donald Trump for the party’s nomination. He’s there because he’s earned a reputation as an outsider by fighting against the Republican Party’s leadership when they were wrong instead of just going along – and they hate him for it.
Now, at a time when the voters have made it clear that they won’t support another Washington insider, party leaders want Cruz to embrace the party, apologize to Mitch McConnell, and return to the flock before they’ll consolidate behind his presidential bid.
In other words, they want Cruz to do the political equivalent to a sex change operation, changing him from an “outie” to an “innie” before they’ll honor him with their support. Donald Trump would immediately point to Ted’s transformation, accusing him of returning to his cronies and being an establishment insider and no longer worthy of the voter’s consideration.
The Party boss’ perspective illustrates that even today they still haven’t accepted the message that the voters have been sending. The voters are angry. They’re angry at the Republican Party leadership. They’re angry at members of Congress and they’ve made a statement – loud and clear – that they’re not going to take it anymore. Establishment insiders can take a hike!
That’s a real puzzler; how stupid do you have to be to completely miss the message the voters are sending? Doesn’t the fact that all of the candidates offered up by the establishment were sent packing register with them at all? The only remaining candidates with a viable chance of winning the nomination are both considered outsiders – how can anyone miss that? Of course, my opinion is that they know it; they just refuse to accept it.
So, there is Cruz’s quandary. Does he relinquish his second-to-Trump position in order to make nice with his Senate colleagues and kiss Mitch McConnell’s ring in order to get anointed as being in their good graces or does he flash them the finger and retain his “outsider” status?
Cruz chose not to attend a Wednesday lunch with 14 Republican Senators and chaired by Cruz’s lone Senate backer, Mike Lee. It was likely the last opportunity for him to mend fences going into the home stretch of the campaign. Apparently, Cruz has refused the opportunity to return to the flock by waving a finger in their direction. Someone needs to tell him that he’s waving the wrong finger. I suspect that staying away from that lunch enhances his status as an outsider. If he would have gone, Trump could have capitalized on it.
It’s too bad, but Ted’s status has placed him in a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” position.