Wednesday, May 4, 2016
America Dodges the Cruz Bullet
by Pa Rock
Yesterday a majority of Republican voters in Indiana cast their ballots for Donald Trump causing Senator Ted Cruz, the last remaining real obstacle to Trump’s GOP coronation, to suspend his campaign for President. The Republican race is over, and while the Grand Old Party now finds itself saddled with a narcissistic, racist, sexist, homophobe as its potential candidate – things could have been far worse. It could have been stuck with Ted Cruz.
Columnist Frank Bruni writing in today’s New York Times had this to say about the junior senator from Texas: “Sour, smug, and nakedly ambitious, the Texas senator was never built to go the distance.” Ouch! Bruni’s entire column, a flaming indictment of the repugnant Joe McCarthy lookalike, is well worth seeking out and reading on the Internet. I’m going to save a copy to remind myself four years from now just how crazy that Texas loony tick really is.
So Trump remains, and he, like both Hillary and Bernie, is too old to be President. Ted Cruz liked to talk about America teetering on the edge of an abyss, and now it would seem that abyss is a senility chasm on the order of the one that the country fell into during the Reagan administration.
Can Bernie Sanders, the only one of the three remaining serious candidates who seems to possess any interest at all in the well-being and future of the American people, prevail against the Clinton machine? Probably not. Can Hillary manage to attract Sanders’ supporters to her cause and defeat the egomaniacal Trump? Possibly - but if she takes them for granted, it will be at her own peril.
It’s too early to declare flatly that someone as intellectually shallow and self-absorbed as Donald Trump could never be elected President. Sadly, I remember saying the same thing about Reagan.
There is an old saying that God protects drunks and the United States of America. Well, She has apparently saved us from Ted Cruz – this time – but from here on out Her good choices look exceedingly slim.
We are bound for interesting times - with the key word being "bound."