During the latter parts of the 2016 Republican primary, things got a bit…“testy” if you will, between Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Business Insider aptly described it:
The political feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas during the 2016 election was one of the dirtiest in recent memory.
I won’t go into detail about all the nasty epithets and personal insults hurled back and forth. Some of these got downright brutal, involving wives, family members, and stopping just short of claims regarding uncertain parentage. It was so bad that Senator Cruz refused to endorse Trump at the Republican Convention stating:
“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
I must admit, it took a lot for Senator Cruz to put aside some of the brutal things Donald Trump had said about him and his family during the primary campaign. It says a lot about his character that he could set those feelings aside for the greater good in order to prevent the Clinton Crime Cabal from having yet another chance to loot the treasury and install another generation of corrupt bureaucrats. He eventually did come around to endorsing Trump via Facebook. That was really taking one for the team.
As it becomes more and more apparent that President Trump is going to be reelected, we need to be looking towards the future. Here is where some ardent Cruz fans may start shouting “Cruise with Cruz in 2024!” Personally, I would have no problem whatsoever in wholeheartedly supporting Ted Cruz in the General Election. But in my (not so) humble opinion, that would not be the best use of his talents.
Here is where Cruz needs to once again, be the big man and take one for the team. He should forego a Presidential run and instead, focus on a Supreme Court seat. That would be a tough thing to do for someone who has obviously had his sights set on residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for 4-8 years. But I think Senator Ted Cruz has the demonstrated character to actually put the country first (unlike somebody we all knew who just mouthed the words).
The actuaries tell us that there is a pretty decent chance that President Trump will have the opportunity to nominate at least one, likely two people to fill vacancies on our highest court. If the first seat to become vacant is Ginsberg’s, then in all likelihood, President Trump will nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a staunch conservative who will preclude the “you must pick a woman for Ginsburg’s seat” noise, while at the same time elevating liberal blood pressures to stroke levels.
If by some chance Justice Breyer, currently clocking in at 81 years of age, retires or departs this mortal coil earlier, then that would be the perfect opportunity for President Trump to put a young (50-year-old) constitutionalist on the bench who would be there quite a while. I am believing as of this point, that Senator Ted Cruz if asked, would forego the opportunity to sit in the Oval Office, for the far less glamorous, but oh so essential job of putting our legal house back in order and restoring the liberties stolen by previous courts. I have faith in you, Ted!