Friday, July 22, 2016

Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover

 Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover

The self-righteousness and smugness of Ted Cruz in refusing to endorse Donald Trump, then walking off stage in Cleveland, smirking amidst the boos, takes the mind back in time.

At the Cow Palace in San Francisco in July of 1964, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, having been defeated by Barry Goldwater, took the podium to introduce a platform plank denouncing “extremism.”

Implication: Goldwater’s campaign is saturated with extremists.

Purpose: Advertise Rocky’s superior morality.

Smug and self-righteous, Rocky brayed at the curses and insults, “It’s a free country, ladies and gentlemen.”

Rocky was finished. He would never win the nomination.

Richard Nixon took another road, endorsed Goldwater, spoke for him in San Francisco, campaigned for him across America. And in 1968, with Goldwater’s backing, Nixon would rout Govs. George Romney and Rockefeller, and win the presidency, twice.

Sometimes, loyalty pays off.


  1. I agree with Pat - Ted is Toast, burned by his own mouth. Why did he get so pissy? Heidi is fair game because she is a Goldman Sachs VP and a Washington player for a long time. Cruz's father interjected himself into the fray, making him fair game. Many unanswered questions about Cruz, almost as many as Obama himself. Maybe that's why none of the GOP oligarchs made a deal out of Obama's eligibility questions when they had their Teddy and Rubio to worry about.

    1. Thanks and hadn't heard this.