Diary

Two Weeks, Ted

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pauses during his speech at an election night watch party Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

If Ted Cruz had resisted the pressure to endorse Donald Trump for two more weeks, his career prospects  would look much different than they do today.

Cruz would have emerged from this fiasco of a campaign as a true leader of conscience; someone who stood on principle and defied not only the GOP establishment, but the alt-right trailer park dwellers and national populists who support Trump.  He would be a giant among pygmies too cowardly to stand against the angry hordes hijacking their party and transforming it into a cult of personality for a morally repugnant con man.

Cruz could have become the Republican Party’s de facto leader in 2017 and beyond.  He could have become the prohibitive favorite for the 2020 nomination.

Instead, Cruz buckled under the pressure and endorsed, and for what?

Trump’s campaign self-destructed, just as many of us thought it would.  This election will not even be close.  Trump will lose handily, dragging down good candidates in otherwise winnable races with him. Instead of allowing Trump to sink on his own, Cruz has alienated his most loyal supporters.  Now, he’s just another Washington politician who traded principle for party loyalty simply because he thought his political career might be in jeopardy.  Cruz got scared.

Two weeks, Ted.  If you had held out for another two weeks, you could have had it all.

Eric Erickson was right.  Whoever advised you to do this should be fired.  With extreme prejudice.

I doubt you will be the Republican nominee in 2020, Ted.  And that’s our loss as much as yours.