I was a little surprised to see Sarah Palin endorse Donald Trump over Ted Cruz, if for nothing more than the fact that Cruz strongly panders to evangelicals and a large part of Palin’s shtick is her holier-than-thou Christian nonsense. Not to mention, Palin and Cruz are very similar types of politicians. By that I mean, they live in a world of political delusion that only seems to exist in the minds of themselves and those who support them.
For me, Palin and Cruz were just a natural fit.
That being said, Palin does also fit in with Trump – another candidate who’s full of crap.
But for Cruz, Palin’s endorsement of Trump is really much bigger than a well-known conservative figure endorsing one of his rivals. For Cruz, this is a true testament to the fact that almost nobody likes him – a line Trump has been using for the last week or so. If Trump is smart (I know, I know.. play along), he’ll exploit this line of attack even more now that a “big name” former Cruz cheerleader is firmly in his corner.
While Cruz’s outlandish rhetoric was always going to be the most popular obstacle talked about concerning his chances to become our next president, that’s actually not his biggest hurdle. For Ted Cruz, he is his own biggest hurdle.
In Congress he has very few allies, which is a point he’s often turned to as a badge of honor. He’s used it as a symbol that he’s “ticked off the establishment” and they hate him for disrupting “business as usual.”
Except, that’s not why most members of Congress can’t stand him.
The reason why most of his colleagues can’t stand him, even most Republicans, is because he’s a self-absorbed prick. He’s “governed” with one goal in mind: Helping his own political career. He couldn’t care less if what he’s saying is true or even feasible. All Cruz cares about is if what he’s saying or doing is something that will benefit him politically. And by doing so he’s not only thrown other Republicans under the bus – he’s often thrown the entire GOP under the bus as well.
Palin’s endorsement of Trump more or less shows on a national stage that basically nobody likes this guy.
When you’re running for president, it’s a really bad thing to be the candidate who nobody likes or wants to work with. It’s one thing if the opposition party dislikes you – that’s nothing new. But to have members of your own party who clearly don’t want to see you elected president – or want to deal with you as president – that’s basically a death knell to a campaign.
This isn’t to say that I think Trump could actually get anything done. However, a big reason many of his supporters have cited for backing him is that they believe he can get things done. He can’t… but at least they think he would be able to.
Meanwhile, a large part of Cruz’s campaign is essentially based off his rhetoric that “they all hate me because I don’t play nice.” This is fine if you’re trying to pander to a small group of people like he currently has supporting him right now, but you cannot become the President of the United States with the vast majority of Americans thinking that everyone hates you. That’s one of those underlying issues that’s rarely brought up, but it matters.
That’s why Palin’s snub of Cruz is a fairly big deal – because she’s not part of the “establishment.” She’s not part of the “Washington cartel,” as he calls it. For all intents and purposes, Palin has been a rather big fan of Cruz for years – yet she thinks Trump would be a better president.
Proving that even some longtime fans and supporters of Ted Cruz don’t want him to be our nation’s next president.