by Jeff Davis
The weasel-like Ted Cruz got his butt kicked in the Indiana primary, and has now officially dropped out of the race.
Politico.com reports: “Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race on Tuesday night, ending one of the best-organized campaigns of 2016 after a series of stinging defeats left Donald Trump as the only candidate capable of clinching the nomination outright.”
“Cruz had appeared eager to go all the way to Cleveland to contest the Republican convention, but a string of massive losses in the Northeast and his subsequent defeat in Indiana convinced his team there was no way forward.
“’From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory,’ Cruz said, with his wife Heidi by his side. ‘Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.’”
I think you just mean “closed” Ted. “Foreclosed” doesn’t make sense in this context, but I suppose it sounds more pompous. Frankly, Cruz never recovered from his disastrous performance on Super Tuesday, which put Trump well out in front. Cruz’s only large state was Texas, and he couldn’t even get a majority there. Cruz was winning (or stealing) small states randomly scattered around the country. In fact there didn’t seem to be any discernible pattern except that he was much more likely to win a caucus state.
Ann Coulter remarked “Congratulations to Ted Cruz for winning his fourth primary! Usually Donald Trump wins the primaries — where you go and vote, like in a real election. Cruz wins the caucuses — run by the state parties, favored by political operators and cheaters.”
I strongly suspect that whenever Trump was not making a big effort in a particular state, Cruz and/or the RNC got together to steal it from Trump.
The Politico article continues “From the start, Cruz has premised his candidacy on the idea that 2016 would be an election driven by resentment toward the established GOP order. It was a strategy that looked prescient as Cruz steadily rose in the polls throughout 2015 and broke into the top tier in Iowa in early 2016. But what Cruz did not expect is that he would be outmatched in outsider anger by Trump. Cruz had maintained a fragile truce with Trump all of last year, but by the time he turned on the front-runner, the Manhattan businessman had already captured the voters Cruz was hoping would fuel his candidacy”
As a side note, Cruz actually needed one more state to get delegate majorities in eight states so that Rule 40 would allow his name on the first ballot. That and being out of money explains why Cruz dropped out just now. It would be kind of embarrassing to have to fight to change Rule 40, especially after all the delegate thievery and all the electoral fraud (e.g. telling Ben Carson’s followers that Carson dropped out) that had convinced many conservatives that Cruz was such a sneaky political weasel, that the blunt-talking Trump was preferable.
I lost track of the number of times Cruz told us that: “No one will get 1,237 delegates.” Well, Cruz certainly was never going to get that many, but there’s another candidate named Trump who has always had a good chance and who now is certain to get that many. Cruz’s dream of cheating Americans out of their first choice in a brokered convention has gone up in smoke, just like his future political career, now that most people see him as Lyin’ Ted, the ultimate political weasel.