Ted Cruz’s fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn is urging Cruz to smooth things over with his senate colleagues.
That message — to smooth things over with Senate Republicans in a private session — was personally delivered by fellow Texan and McConnell’s chief deputy, Sen. John Cornyn, who spoke with Cruz by phone after the candidate won their home state’s primary earlier this month.
“I actually made that suggestion to him when I talked to him last,” Cornyn said when asked if he thought Cruz should apologize for his McConnell remarks. (A spokesman later said that Cornyn did not seek an apology but urged Cruz to speak directly to the Senate GOP Conference.)
Calling McConnell a liar on the floor of the senate stung, and broke the honored tradition of saving the shiv for the press room while maintaining a fake decorum on the floor. It’s a ridiculous tradition (and hasn’t always been that way, read your U.S. history).
But why should Cornyn reserve his criticism for Cruz? Donald Trump has done more damage to decorum and civil political discourse than any serious candidate in the last half century. The rap sheet of Trump’s disgusting comments and attacks is far too long (and too well known) to detail here.
Yet the senate has no standard for Trump–he’s exempt from all rules applied to everyone else.
I agree that Cruz should do what he can to get along with his fellow senators on a personal level. But the optics of such a move when Trump can call Rubio “little Marco,” and Cruz “lyin’ Ted,” not to mention what he said about Lindsey Graham would make Cruz look like a milquetoast while making Trump look like a hero for being an uncivilized boor.
Maybe that’s what Cornyn and his senate friends want, otherwise they’d ask Trump to smooth over his own statements.
Cornyn, nor anyone else for that matter will ever ask Trump to apologize for his remarks, because there’s a whole different and lower set of standards for Trump as compared to other candidates.
Initially, I thought Cornyn needs to butt out of Ted’s business, but on second thought maybe he’s got another motive in mind. Were Cruz to speak to McConnell and smooth his ruffled feathers, it’s possible that would enable them to throw support his way. That would certainly slow down the runaway Trump train and likely avoid a brokered convention.
Admittedly, Cruz has made quite a few enemies in the Senate, and has regularly attacked his colleagues on the campaign trail accusing them of corrupt backroom deals and calling them the Washington cartel. A number of the other senators didn’t appreciate it.
“I’m not a member of any establishment or cartel,” scoffed Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, a Rubio supporter.
“I think he’s got some bridges to build here,” said Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican. “I think it would be helpful obviously for him — if he thinks he is going to be the guy or wants to be the guy — to come back here to mend some of those fences that he tore down when he was here.”
Ted Cruz has been asking for Republicans to get behind his campaign and understandably thus far, their answer has been no. Perhaps it’s his turn to make peace with some of them, provided he can do that without compromising his values. That’s the most important aspect here because we know he’s the best candidate for the job and it’s because of those values.