Lose with Cruz
“People think we lose with Cruz, but we don’t lose everything,” said the operative, who opposes Trump and asked to speak anonymously. “He’s still a real Republican. We don’t lose the House and Senate with Cruz. We don’t lose our soul as a party and we can recover in four years and I’m not sure people think we can recover from Donald Trump.”
Said one high-level operative inside the Koch network: “He’s the devil you know.”
Indeed, many establishment Republicans would rather lose with Cruz and play a long 2020 game than risk having their party and conservative principles hijacked by Trump—a candidate they do not trust even as they recognize his political dexterity and the possibility that he could be just cagey enough to win on Election Day.
It’s too bad that my #TrumpOrDemocrat hashtag didn’t catch on. If the GOPe could be convinced that large numbers of Republican Trump supporters would vote DOWN THE LINE for Democrats if the nomination is stolen from Trump, and consequently Republicans would lose the Senate and possibly even the House, that would scare the GOPe into supporting Trump. It’s the only way to fight #LoseWithCruz.