An ex-secular theist explains how you've been lied to.
Mark Halperin, one of the commentators on Morning Joe told that joke on the air this morning.
As a once Cruz fan who still -wants- to like him, I have to admit, it's apt.
Why wasn't there a similar outcry over Colonel Eileen Collins, who also did not endorse Trump during her convention speech. In fact, she never even mentioned his name!(Great speech, by the way.)
Collins didn't go through the dog and pony show of swearing an oath, nor was she representing a faction of the GOP I imagine.The rules are the rules, Donald, indeed.
Really, wtf was running through Cruz's mind there? Look, I'm of the opinion that he didn't owe Trump his endorsement after Trump took swipes at his family members, but if he wasn't going to endorse, he should've stayed home. What's at stake here is bigger than just him and Trump, and while he doesn't have an obligation to Trump personally, he does have an obligation to the base, the country, and the people who gave him a speaking slot.The most charitable interpretation is that he wanted to give a speech encouraging people to vote Republican (He did at least say that we need to beat Hillary, which seems an indirect call to vote Trump, and in a different context it would've been a very good speech imo), but couldn't bring himself to endorse Trump personally because he thought it would be disloyal to his family, and he thought that his speech would be unifying in some way. Obviously a major miscalculation if so, as it came off as divisive, opportunistic political maneuvering to most people. And every other possible interpretation is much less charitable.
I'd be tempted to agree with that, Deuce. But it sounds like he wanted to be able to speak all the same. The 'vote your conscience' thing? As near as I can tell, he wanted to get in a stab to impress team NeverTrump. Maybe hoping for payoff for that? If so, I wonder if it was worth the utter hatred of everyone else.It may be that Cruz has no idea when he's doing something tremendously unlikeable. I could see his 'The New York delegation' crack being an attempt at humor, not mockery, but he just doesn't seem capable of gauging things right.
What he should have said, if he was going to say anything at all, is say that whether you like Trump or not, you have an obligation to get out to vote against her. What does that mean? It could man vote for Trump or Johnson. All he has to do is say he meant what he said, get out there and use your voice to say "no, Hillary." If pushed, it would have still supported him because he could point out that he was telling people who can't support Trump to still vote for someone else so that there was no way she could say a majority of American voters supported her.
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