Any assistance Walker can render Cruz is in line with Walker’s stated goal last fall of defeating Donald Trump.As recently as March 7th, The Daily Caller was reporting that Walker was weighing whether to endorse a candidate before the Republican Primary. Walker also told The Daily Caller, “And I think for the candidates I might be inclined to endorse, nobody would be surprised in that, I haven’t endorsed, [but] I’m probably handily more aligned politically with the two senators — Cruz and Rubio, but I’m not going to make an endorsement one over the other.”
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So, Establishment Republicans, now what?
Yes, we’ve heard your “Never Trump” rallying cry loud and clear.
Ready to get behind Ted Cruz?
You want a conservative candidate?
You’ve got one.
I don’t know why, but suddenly an avalanche of stuff is coming out on Trump, and none of its good. Funniest thing? When Trump takes a jab at the reports, no matter how heinous, sick or brutal, he turns it into Trump loving ammunition against his critics…
The reality is that Priebus has been wrong an awful lot of times. In 2012, though most polls and all poll aggregators showed an advantage for incumbent President Barack Obama, Preibus was bullish about the chances of his challenger Mitt Romney. Preibus predicted Romney would carry Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa, all states Romney lost.
And this wasn’t just sunny salesmanship. Priebus seemed to be among the many Republicans living in a bubble who adamantly insisted the polls were biased because they assumed too large a Democratic turnout. He blasted “a narrative out there that I just think is blatantly uninformed, which is the fact that the Democrats have this great ground game. I think we’re going to crush the Democrats on the ground. I just don’t think they’ve got a very good ground game. I’ve looked through it, I’ve seen it. It’s all smoke and mirrors.”
After the election, which had exactly the sort of Democratic turnout the polls predicted, Priebus took it all back: “our ground game was insufficient… we were behind in both data and digital; and our primary and debate process needed improvement.”
And by the way, as I said yesterday, Rubio has all the information he needs to know that if his goal is to stop Trump, he should get out now, endorse Ted Cruz, and give Cruz a chance to win Florida. If he doesn’t, he should be held responsible for the failure to stop Trump. And I’d assume it means that Rubio prefers Trump to Cruz, but that’s an assumption based on a weak foundation — that Rubio is good at making decisions.
Rubio thought he could play Trump’s game, but he had way too little respect for that game and thought he could jump right in and do it well, while provoking the man who’d developed it, practiced it in public for many years, and who came to that style as a natural expression of his thoughts and feelings. Rubio’s decision was either foolish or utterly desperate. If it was foolish, we don’t need a fool for President. If it was desperate, that means Rubio had already lost and he knew it.
The hair-on-fire panic in the Republican elite about the Trump juggernaut would be funny if it wasn’t so serious and dangerous. The GOP has set themselves up for this through their coordination with national and local talk radio hosts — not to mention Fox News — for years. Talk radio hosts are the least original “entertainers” in the history of the world, taking their marching orders for Republican operatives since the beginning, creating false realities, driving false narratives, misrepresenting what Democrats really believe and personally attacking anybody who would dare to stand in the way of their funhouse-mirror reshaping of the national and local debate.