In a sane world, this endorsement from Thomas Sowell would mean 1000 times the endorsement of an ignorant spotlight chaser like Sarah Palin:
If, by some miracle, Trump became president, what kind of president would he be? Do we need another self-centered know-it-all in the White House to replace the one we have now?
Among the other Republican candidates, Dr. Ben Carson is a monumental figure in his field, and he is clearly revered even by people who would not vote for him. But votes are how elections are decided.
The governors among the Republican candidates can at least be judged by how their track record stands up in running a governmental organization. So can Senator Ted Cruz, who was solicitor general in Texas. But Senator Marco Rubio has no comparable experience — and his inexperience has shown up in his abortive attempt to join Democrats in promoting amnesty.
If the Republicans are to avoid having Donald Trump lead them — and the country — to disaster, they are going to have to have the majority of non-Trump supporters get behind some given candidate.
Senator Ted Cruz has been criticized in this column before, and will undoubtedly be criticized here again. But we can only make our choices among those actually available, and Senator Cruz is the one who comes to mind when depth and steadfastness come to mind.
As someone who once clerked for a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he will know how important choosing Justice Scalia’s replacement will be. And he has the intellect to understand much more.
In other political news, Trey Gowdy, endorser of Marco Rubio, jumped the shark today by attacking Ted Cruz as dishonest — based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever. Cruz is not taking it lying down:
Ted Cruz is firing back at accusations from Trey Gowdy that his campaign was involved in creating a fake Facebook account that said the South Carolina congressman had switched from Marco Rubio’s team to Cruz’s.
“Our campaign had absolutely nothing to do with this fraudulent Facebook post,” Cruz tweeted Tuesday night.
“This kind of deception is deplorable and nothing like it would be tolerated by this campaign,” he continued.
Brian Phillips, Cruz’s rapid response director, followed up with an email to reporters questioning if Gowdy was asked to provide evidence that Cruz was behind the post.
“Are there any reporters on the road with Rubio/Gowdy asking Rep. Gowdy to produce a single shred of evidence that anyone associated with the Cruz campaign was behind the fake Facebook account? And if he can’t, shouldn’t that be included in your stories?
Considering the man is a former prosecutor, he should know better than to make unsubstantiated accusations like that without at least some proof,” he said in the email.
Damn straight. I have written Gowdy an angry e-mail vowing to make his political life as difficult as possible if he does not apologize to Cruz. Here is the essence of what I said:
— Patterico (@Patterico) February 17, 2016
Finally, Patterico pal Morgen uncovered this nugget today:
"Exultant Chuck Says He’ll Veto the Next Alito"…Nov 2006, with 2+ years left in Bush's termhttps://t.co/pD3Foqmf60
— Morgen (@morgenr) February 17, 2016
Previously Schumer was caught saying no more Bush nominees as of July 2007. This takes it back to November 2006. Nice catch, as is usual for Morgen.