Patterico's Pontifications

9/21/2016

Ted Cruz Considering Endorsing Donald Trump?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:05 pm

I wasn’t that worried when I saw stories saying Jeff Roe thought Cruz might endorse Trump. Roe has wanted Cruz to endorse for a while. I wasn’t that worried by a tweet from Cruz thanking Trump for supporting his Internet initiative. I wasn’t that worried by Politico story claiming Cruz was “warming to” Trump.

But right now, Steve Deace seems almost despondent on Twitter, and seems to think it’s a foregone conclusion. And Deace was always very tight with Cruz. So now I’m worried.

I’m going to adapt the hyperbolic phraseology of Donald Trump to declare: nobody supported Ted Cruz more than Patterico. I gave him money. I promoted him here on the blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I talked him up to friends. I bought and read his book. I defended him — even when he cozied up to Donald Trump.

Also, in general, I do not criticize people for choosing to support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. I think Donald Trump is a congenital liar, a quintessential narcissist, and a man who represents everything that is wrong with this country. That said, Hillary Clinton represents the certainty of increasing big government, debt, federal encroachment on freedom, and judicial tyranny, while many believe Trump represents at least a chance of avoiding some of that.

But Ted Cruz is not in the same position as your average Republican. Donald Trump insulted Cruz’s wife and dad.

I think Cruz would dishonor his family if he were to endorse Trump before Trump delivered the sort of sincere and impassioned apology of which, let’s face it, Donald Trump is incapable.

I know that many will say Cruz would be elevating love of country over petty personal insults. That’s not how I see it. My family comes before my country.

Plus, you know that if Cruz endorses Trump, Trump will find some rhetorical way to lift his leg and piss on Cruz, just to show who the real alpha male is.

So: I hate to say it, because I’m worried that it’s likely, but: if Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump, then Ted Cruz is not the man I thought he was.

There. I said it.

Carlos Danger On His Relationship With 15-Year Old Girl: I Have No One To Blame But Myself

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:09 am

[guest post by Dana]

Here is Anthony Weiner’s (D) statement upon it being revealed that he has been involved in an online relationship with a 15-year old girl. He did not deny exchanging ‘flirtatious’ messages with the teen…:

‘I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent.

‘I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.

‘While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position.

‘I am sorry.’

You can read their texting/sexting messages at the link, if you are so inclined.

–Dana

Grabby Corey Lewandowski Still Consulting for Trump While Also a CNN Commentator

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:53 am

ABC News:

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign paid former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s company $20,000 in consulting fees in August, campaign filings show.

Lewandowski was fired as Trump’s campaign manager on June 20 after a series of missteps that included a physical confrontation with a reporter and being charged with battery over an altercation with protesters at a rally. The battery charges were later dropped.

Days after the firing, CNN hired Lewandowski as an on-air political commentator, a position he holds currently.

Trump’s campaign finance filing shows a $20,000 payment made to Lewandowski’s company, Green Monster Consulting, LLC, on August 11 for the purpose of “strategy consulting.”

ABC News had previously reported the rapprochement between the fired employee and the presidential candidate.

CNN pays Grabby Corey to be a commentator.

They should be embarrassed.

I doubt that they are.


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