All of us Cruz supporters are angry about Donald Trump’s treatment of Ted during the primary and angry at the GOP for humiliating him at the Convention. I tried to think of a way to make them both pay the price, while somehow helping Cruz.
First I took the delegate revolt path. When informed sources told me the delegates believed they had enough votes to nominate Ted Cruz on the first ballot, I wrote about it, explaining how the delegates could unbind themselves. It was promoted to front page here and received 3,000 Facebook shares. I interviewed Curley Haugland and posted that here, and that was widely shared. I interviewed the very principled Kendal Unruh, posted it here and it was published in several other outlets.
But we underestimated the power of the RNC/Trump alliance at the Convention, and there was no revolt at all, after the demand for a roll call vote on the rules package was crushed. The Rules Committee had added delegate-binding language to Rules 37 and 38 that—ironically—did not bind the delegates at all. I informed Curley and Kendal, but due to poor communications at the Convention, they likely didn’t get the message and there was no revolt.
Next, I put all my efforts into supporting Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle, a true conservative and a good man. I interviewed him during a phone-in segment run by Madisons CPC, transcribed it, published it here, and distributed it widely. I transcribed his interview on TheBlaze TV and distributed that. I launched a lively FB group to support him.
But after spending a lot of time trying to get major media coverage for him and failing, I realized that it was mathematically impossible for anyone other than Clinton or Trump to get elected.
Gary Johnson can’t win either—particularly after his response on MSNBC, to Mike Barnicle’s question on Aleppo: Instead of changing the subject, since he had no idea what Aleppo was, he said, “And what is Aleppo,” giving Barnicle a daffy look as though he’d asked if Gary would make Bugs Bunny the secretary of the Treasury, if elected. “You’re kidding,” Barnicle replied. Johnson said he was not, and that was the end of his candidacy IMO, if indeed he ever had one.
Now what to do? Knowing what I know about Hillary Clinton (and have posted here), I certainly couldn’t vote for her, as some Republican numbskulls have said they would. Not vote the top line at all? Just wait for 2020 and, hopefully, a Cruz presidential victory? That would be easy, and I could say I’m following my conscience.
But anger gave way to pragmatism after I faced up to the certain result of many people not voting the top of the ticket. Clinton will win, and for the GOP, there will be no 2020. She’s already promised to outdo Obama in amnesties of illegal aliens. That means she will legalize all of them, and will find a way to make them voting citizens.
Trump has specifically said he would not give them citizenship. Is he lying? Maybe. But Hillary is surely telling the truth.
The stalwart Senate Republicans will not stop her, any more than they stopped Obama’s amnesties—they funded them. That’s because many Republicans are themselves pro-amnesty.
The certain consequence will be that—demographically—no Republican will ever win the White House again. Especially not Ted Cruz. If Trump loses, particularly if it’s close, as it’s looking now: Ted Cruz will be blamed.
We who didn’t vote will not bear the brunt; Ted will. The GOP and Trump himself will say that Cruz led us not to vote for DT. Doesn’t have to be fair, doesn’t have to make sense. They will say, over and over, that he sent a signal by not endorsing Trump. The attack on Cruz will be designed to damage him in his Senate reelection campaign in ’18. And it probably will be successful, for they will pull out all the stops to defeat him.