Kamikaze Cruz

The big news of the day: Ted Cruz declined to endorse Donald Trump. Instead, he used his RNC address to deliver an extended passive-aggressive slight. Cruz urged delegates to “vote your conscience,” a rather strange phrase coming from a man who doesn’t appear to have one.

Two years ago, I wrote about how Ted Cruz was the sleaziest politician this side of Bill Clinton. Last night he vindicated every uncharitable thought I’ve ever had toward him. His refusal to endorse Trump explicitly violates the terms of the loyalty pledge specifically designed to hedge Trump in. In short, Cruz respects the democratic process…at least until he loses.

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The speech itself was a sort of bizarre inversion of Pat Buchanan’s culture war speech from 1992. Cruz neither secured himself as a permanent fixture in the party nor gave voice to a defeated faction. Instead, he hogged the spotlight, dripping smug arrogance over the proceedings and mocking the New York delegation when the whole room began drowning him out with chants of “Say his name” and “We want Trump.” “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation,” Cruz said, smirking, drawing intensified booing.

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