“Where to elect there is but one / ‘Tis Hobson’s choice – take that, or none.” ~Thomas Ward in “England’s Reformation”
Running on and continuing from yesterday, it would appear as though the ascendancy’s of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have created a “Hobson’s Choice” for the GOPe. Choose the devil you know in Cruz and get something, or the devil you don’t know in Trump, and get possibly nothing. Corroborated in the meantime of course, by the Sea Island Resort conspiracy meeting over the weekend, where a “Hobbessian Trap” was introduced by Romney (out of fear of a Trump nomination) to bring about a brokered convention. This trap will either blow up the party or set up the “Hobson’s Choice” above.
The TPA and the Corker Amendment votes, along with Teddy Bears at the border, show Ted Cruz to be “ticklish” as these issues do expose his Establishment underbelly. His political ancestry now runs more than ever through the Bush family for all to see (Neil Bush having been appointed to his finance team yesterday) so from here on out he will now be wearing the scarlet letter “E” around his neck. If Trump is the nominee, he will have the enthusiastic crowd, but will need the party apparatus behind him to get him elected. If Cruz is the nominee, he will need both, seeing it is highly unlikely that the Trumpsters will carry their fire for anyone else.
Consider this also, which is not from way out in left field, but from some applied astute observations from a distance. Without Trump, Bush and the Establishment would have buried Cruz just like the Establishment in the Senate buried him. Yes, Cruz stood up to the Establishment; but before Trump, Cruz lost every battle, being simply a lone voice in the wilderness. Then, like the knight in shining armor, Trump arrived on the scene and single-handedly defeated Bush (see the debates, eg – “a low energy guy”) and the Establishment Wonks. And just was it who catapulted the issues of the border fence, illegal immigration and bad trade deals to the forefront? Trump, not Cruz. Trump did all the hard work while Cruz sorta “hid in the weeds” until the big-name candidates, blessed of the Establishment, were defeated. And even now who does the Establishment fear and try to defeat at all costs? Trump! And the reason? Because Trump, not Cruz is an existential threat to the Establishment; to change Big Government and destroy the present power structure in Washington.
Cruz is hated by the cartel because he would not play ball with them and refused to join their big government expansion plan. That was proven by the good people of Texas who voted for Cruz en masse during the Texas primary on Super Tuesday. As we have stated many times, neither of these candidates is perfect. Trump has run a savvy campaign and Cruz has been the only candidate to survive Trumps attacks and make it a contest. No candidate has ever faced such intense personal assault as we have seen in the past week against Donald Trump. The entire D.C.-based professional political apparatus has thrown everything, including the kitchen sink, at him, but alas the GOPe attack, led by Mitt Romney, is running into the reality of the electorate.
The temper tantrums of today’s Republican elites is beginning to be revealed to the rank-and-file in a way that none of us could have imagined just a few short months ago. And let me say this again, in wrapping this up for today, over the past few years, the GOPe has elevated lying, deception and betrayal to a high art form. For the past 20 years or so, we in the Conservative base THOUGHT they were doing the right thing by continually electing candidates who proudly wore the Conservative mantle, only to eventually find out time after time, after time, that it was all a lie. We Conservatives had no recourse. No way to “punish the GOPe’s bad behaviour. So millions stayed home en masse and that’s why we find ourselves where we are today.
But things are different this time around. Conservatives finally have a long overdue opportunity to take the GOPe to the woodshed. We have not one, but two candidates that the GOPe finds abhorrent. The fact that the GOPe has to swallow hard and pick the lesser of their two evils doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Trump or Cruz, I will gladly vote for either one if they are the Republican candidate come November. Grab your ankles GOPe; time for few hard swats on your butts.
In politics nothing is ever as it seems.
Rick Moran from American Thinker and “Establishment Holds Nose, Moves Toward Cruz”…
The Republican establishment is becoming more desperate as Donald Trump continues to rack up victory after victory in the GOP primaries. Neither of their remaining candidates – Marco Rubio and John Kasich – has any path forward to win the nomination. So the GOPe is slowly, and with no enthusiasm, moving to back Ted Cruz in a last-ditch effort to head Trump off before the convention this summer.
“He seems to be the only guy who’s got some momentum, and is probably the best situated if there is anybody out there to beat Trump,” said Austin Barbour, a prominent Mississippi-based GOP operative. “That’s why there are many people like me—Ted Cruz wouldn’t have been our first choice, but as we go through the process, we’re reevaluating our vote, and he seems to be the guy at the top of the list.”
“Most people now think Ted’s the best vehicle to defeat Trump,” said Charles C. Foster, a Bush family loyalist from Houston who served on Jeb Bush’s national finance team. “I would say some are enthusiastic for Ted, some are just saying, ‘OK, Ted’s not my first choice, but anyone that can beat Trump, I’ll support.’”
“That’s a big motivating factor,” he continued. “I think Ted is the only possibility to stop Trump.”
Foster spent part of Monday afternoon writing a letter to other Bush alums and former donors, urging them to come on board with Cruz in order to stop Trump.
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