I'm screaming. pic.twitter.com/dtTWlAbyil
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) April 18, 2016
Because that corgi is still far more attractive to look at than Ted Cruz.
The man just cannot stop alienating people, even those who should be his allies. From Politico, yesterday, “Hannity blows up at Cruz: ‘I’m getting sick of it'”…
… Hours after New York Rep. Peter King said he hated Cruz and would take cyanide if he ever won the nomination, [Sean] Hannity conducted a 14-minute interview with the Texas senator, almost immediately pressing him on his campaign’s delegate selection operation that has obliterated Donald Trump’s.
“You’re hoping to get to a second ballot. In other words, in a second ballot people that support Donald Trump or John Kasich or Marco Rubio, if those delegates are still relevant, can then switch their votes,” Hannity said. “So you’re in a process of talking to delegates, and it seems to be very extensive. Could you explain to people what’s going on?”
“Sean, with all respect, that’s not what people are concerned about,” Cruz responded… “And the media loves to obsess about process. This process and this whining from the Trump campaign is all silly. It’s very, very simple…,” Cruz continued before Hannity interrupted.
“It’s more than a process question,” Hannity said. “It’s an integrity of the election question, and everybody’s asking me this question so I’m giving you an opportunity to explain it.”
A lightly chuckling Cruz said only hardcore Trump supporters would ask such a question.
“Why do you do this?” Hannity said, raising his voice. “Every single time I — no, you gotta stop. Every time I have you on the air and I ask a legitimate question, you try to throw this in my face. I’m getting sick of it. I’ve had you on more than any other candidate on radio and TV. So if I ask you, senator, a legitimate question to explain to the audience, why don’t you just answer it?”…
And then last night…
Cruz: "America has always been best when she is lying down with her back on the mat." ? https://t.co/ZCxFS4yEBH
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) April 20, 2016
When you think about it, I wouldn’t put it past Ted Cruz to try and roofie America. https://t.co/LD5ewLbVqE
— John Cole (@Johngcole) April 20, 2016
Today he finally, more or less, answered the question about his cunning plan to win the convention if he can’t win the primaries, per NBC:
Ted Cruz declared definitively on Wednesday that the fight for the Republican presidential nomination is “definitely headed to Cleveland,” where, he said, “the people are going to prevail.”
“Nobody’s getting 1237 [delegates] – Donald knows that. We’re headed to a contested convention,” Cruz told NBC News while shaking hands after his rally here in a state with 71 delegates up for grabs in next Tuesday’s primary.
“The reason why he has so many of his media surrogates repeating the mantra that the race has got to be over now is because he knows he cannot earn a majority of the delegates in Cleveland,” Cruz continued, calling Trump “a fringe and marginal candidate.”
Cruz exited New York’s primary without winning a single delegate, nearly mathematically vanishing his ability to win the nomination before the convention – a standard he often used last month to indirectly suggest John Kasich and, then, Marco Rubio should leave the race…
… A campaign aide told NBC News it does not anticipate beating Trump in the popular vote in the state, meaning Cruz would lose out on its 17 at-large delegates, which go to the victor. Polls currently show Cruz losing by around 20 percentage points.
But each of the state’s 18 congressional districts will elect three delegates to the national convention. The Cruz campaign is pushing a slate of Cruz-loyalists for 26 of the 54 unbound slots up for the taking. It says others eligible on the ballot to become delegates, particularly longtime state activists able to win on their name alone, have committed to Cruz as well. Cruz has personally met with several of the potential delegates…
As a plan, it’s somewhat more realistic than Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver’s hand-waving last night, but it still relies on a reading of “the people will prevail” as “my people will prevail, assuming all the variables break in my favor” which seems to owe more to his father’s Dominionist religious faith than to modern American politics. He probably could weasel enough backhanded support in Cleveland to get the nomination, assuming he doesn’t alienate more delegates between now and July… but that’s a pretty generous assumption.
It sure would make the Media Village Idiots happy, though. Mr. Pierce, at Esquire, warns us:
…[P]ay attention to what’s happening with Tailgunner Ted Cruz. The effort to humanize the ambassador from the Planet Reptilia continues apace and it’s gaining momentum. The New York Times went long on this theme over the weekend, talking about how Cruz is truly an intellectual giant and the champion of “constitutional conservatism,” which is what we’re calling the losing side at Gettysburg this century…
Because, like most of the elite political media, the Times would light itself on fire rather than admit that one of our two political parties has lost its mind, we are seeing Cruz’s retrograde antebellum views of the Constitution being exhumed from the grave of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, shined up for Hi-Def politics, and trotted out as though it were the shining future instead of the dead past. The worst thing that the “conservative intellectual leaders” people are willing to say about him is that he’s not necessarily a Cheney-esque blood beast on foreign policy 100 percent of the time. This is not reassuring…
Why do I feel like if Donald Trump needed 98% of the delegates, Ted Cruz would be saying "step aside" 24/7? pic.twitter.com/UgyOXLEV7w
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) April 20, 2016