In anticipation of tonight’s big debate, I was going to stay quiet today. But I thought about this all weekend and to me it represents, in a microcosm, what is wrong with politics these days. And more specifically what is wrong with Republicans: opportunistic, unprincipled cowards. All through the primary season, Donald Trump lambasted his top opponent, Ted Cruz, the junior Texas Senator and darling of the extreme right wing of the party.
So, you can imagine my surprise when, on Friday, Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump for President. Well, well, well. Senator Cruz said that after the Convention he did not think Trump had a chance to win so he did not endorse. Now that it appears that Trump may have an outside shot at getting elected, he jumped on the bandwagon. Talk about your opportunistic, spineless moves, this ranks as one of the best. It is why the American electorate does not trust politicians. No convictions, no principles, just blatant political expediency. Perhaps it was Reince Priebus’ threats of being black balled in the next election cycle or the fact that Cruz’s own political future may be in jeopardy or the possibility of him being a pariah in a Trump administration (dream on). What ever the reason, Cruz now looks like a typical political hack and if I ever hear him or anyone refer to him as a “principled conservative” again, I think I will vomit. There is nothing principled concerning his “about face” on Trump and as far as I am concerned he is damaged goods from here on out. So Ted, take your bow and exit stage right.
I think I have decided that I will play a drinking game tonight during the debate. Every time Donald Trump says something about “making good deals”, I will take a shot. I suspect that will be his mantra this evening. He will have to be on his best behavior and won’t be able to call out “crooked Hillary” and we know he can’t speak intelligently about policy for long so he will have to fall back on something and I suspect it will be his illusion that he is some great business genius who can make great deals for the country. I will probably get hammered tonight. Cheers.