Strangely enough, some commeters on this blog have been seriously offended by the behavior of Ted Cruz. They have even taken serious exception to my remarks about same.
And it is hardly limited to blog commenters. In many of the important precincts of the conservative media, people are crying foul. They are accusing Ted Cruz of having breached decorum… God forbid!
Some believe in ideas, so they are supporting a candidate whose relationship with them is dubious at best. Others ignore the role that character plays in the American presidency because they hold, not without reason, that no one has worse character than Hillary Clinton.
Presidents are human beings. They influence the nation in the example they set. Recall the example set by Bill Clinton. They stand as figures the people of the nation will emulate. If you want to make America great again—a highly worthy goal—you should exemplify greatness. Not because you have declared yourself great, but because your achievements speak for themselves. Greatness is not a branding exercise. Humility still is and has been a very good sign of greatness.
Anyway, for now the Trump-Cruz brouhaha continues, because DT just said that he would not accept a Cruz endorsement, even if it was eventually offered. He even doubled down on his suggestion that Cruz’s father had something to do with the Kennedy assassination. Some suggest that it’s a way to create party unity. Time will tell.
In the meantime, for those who want to rise up and defend the Donald, they might like to take a gander at these remarks by Jonah Goldberg in National Review. They will surely get the juices flowing:
This is part of the corruption of Trump. He called Ted Cruz a liar every day and in every way for months (it used to be considered a breach in decorum to straight up call an opponent a liar, never mind use it as a nickname). The insults against his wife, the cavalier birtherism, the disgusting JFK-assassination theories about his dad: These things are known. And yet the big conversation of the day is Ted Cruz’s un-sportsmanlike behavior? For real? But forget Cruz for a moment. For over a year, Trump has degraded politics in some of the most vile ways. His respect for the Republican party as the home of conservatism is on par with Napoleon’s respect for churches when he converted them into stables.
But that’s okay because he’s Trump. He’s a “winner.” And now that he’s the nominee, the Smart Set and the Mob is telling me that Cruz is the outrageous violator of norms and good manners. Let’s all look down our noses at the sore loser everybody, as we bend the knee and make every apology possible for the sorest, most ungracious winner in American history. When I watch Trump’s kitchen cabinet of yes men rise from their “Thank you, sir, may I have another?” prostrations just long enough to talk about Cruz’s self-interestedness, I have to laugh. Where’s your shinebox, Governor Christie?