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Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump

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Statement posted on FaceBook.

1. Cruz has seen the light with respect to the Supreme Court. As liberal Constitutional Law professor, better known among actual lawyers as the guy who does the BAR/BRI lectures, Erwin Chemerimsky himself said, “if Hillary Clinton is elected president in November, a liberal majority may dominate the court for decades to come.” No True Conservative could vote in such a way to let that happen.

2. Cruz realizes that Trump has a good chance of winning, and it’s to his benefit to be on the winning side.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 23, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. I think he calculated that a Trump close loss is possible, and he would then be blamed for Hillary which would be devastating to him in his 2018 primary and any thoughts he has about 2020. He also probably concluded that Trumpism is here to stay in the GOP.

    Otis the Sweaty

    September 23, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    • That’s why #nevertrump fears a close Trump loss; because they’ll get the blame. Most of them, like George Will, are rooting for a 50 state Dukakis style blow out, because they think it vindicates them. I guess Ted figured (correctly) that if Trump doesn’t win, the loss will be close enough to demonize the #nevertrumpers.

      Mike Street Station

      September 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

  2. so now trump has the vampire vote. too bad vampires aren’t real.

    Trumpocalypse Now

    September 23, 2016 at 7:25 pm

  3. Ted Cruz was smart to endorse Trump. I think he could have been like John Kasich and Jeb Bush, by avoiding the Convention and not endorsing Trump. There’s a measure of dignity and respect in that. But because he gave that awful speech at the Convention where he said, “Vote your conscience,” he had every Republican fed up with him. By endorsing Trump at this point, he can put the bad blood behind him.

    The problem, however, is that Ted Cruz infuriates more people than he draws in. The GOPe despised him about as much as Trump, the left absolutely loathes him for his “principles,” and Trump supporters largely derided him for his “muh principles, muh conscience” posturing when it was time for everyone to bury the hatchet.

    Evangelicals like him. TruCons like him. But those constituencies are small and shrinking. Trump’s base of support is a nascent popular-nationalist movement, but he also has been able to appeal to the GOPe, Evangelicals and even TruCons as needed, while also reaching out to leftist constituencies. Trump has proven to be an uneven but still effective coalition builder, whereas Cruz tends to alienate almost everyone he could and should win over.


    September 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    • Once Donald Trump becomes President he is bound to disappoint a significant percentage of the conservatives who voted for him. One can’t reach out to the cultural Left and the cultural Right at the same time. Many true conservatives are simply ignoring Trump’s background and lack of any identity with the conservative movement. They like his stands on the trade and the immigration issues, so they’re pretending that this is really all that matters. When they see who he’ll appoint to SCOTUS and when they see him cave on the next Left-wing social issue they’ll realize they were conned. I do think the Republicans can build an electoral majority in the near future. I just don’t think Trump is the one who can help them do it.


      September 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      • Maryk,

        It makes no sense for you to be a lone holdout on voting for Trump just because you think he is not conservative enough. There will be no GOP contender in 2020 capable of beating an entrenched Democratic Party that has control of the Supreme Court and that has flooded the country with scab political and economic ringers. None…nada. This is the last election where the GOP controls the White House.

        My guess is that you maintain some sort of Christian Conservatism that leads you to hesitate pulling the lever for Trump. Well, Christianity needs to start getting the “otherworldliness” out of its head because, if the Left wins, they will relentlessly target you into extinction. Understand that. Like it or not, Trump is only factor standing between you and that result.

        Watch the youtube video below and see what kind of entity you will be dealing with if Hillary wins.

        In fact, this video is worth a post. I checked it a couple of hours ago and it was at 700 views.


        September 24, 2016 at 12:02 am

      • thanks for that vid.

        now i’m voting for hillary.

        that guy AND the cop should be in prison.

        but what’re ya gonna do?


        go back in time and let the south secede…

        and seal the border.

        as uncle joe might’ve said:

        no south no problem.

        Trumpocalypse Now

        September 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

      • Trump is far more American than conservative. It doesn’t matter if social cons complain. It’s their bread an butter anyway. No one likes them. They’re history. Fuk the cucks.

        Big Humpa

        September 24, 2016 at 9:56 am

      • She blocks traffic in a school zone to make an obscene gesture. Then calls the police because someone followed her to get her license number. Not only is she nuts she’s also dumb. Because she’s the one who broke the law. I particularly enjoyed the irony of her accusing the homeowner of harassment while insisting she has the right to harass him.


        September 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

      • @Maryk: I have no doubt that in many ways, Trump will disappoint. But isn’t that true of every President? Did the supporters of Dubya really expect they were going to get high deficits and the first new entitlement program since the Great Society out of his administration? The fact is, conservatism (as popularly understood) is no longer an electoral option. It’s dropped down to the numerical status of fringe ideologies like libertarianism. You can’t have conservative Presidents in an age in which civics is no longer taught in high school, and the left controls academia and the mass media. And that doesn’t even count the importation of leftist voters by the millions….

        If you want something like conservative governance some day, you have to walk before you run. Step one: shut down the tidal wave of left voting immigrants. Step two: get the working class who is the natural conservative constituency back on an even economic footing by stop sending their jobs overseas. There are a lot of other things to worry about of course, but if you don’t get those two things taken care of, none of the rest will matter very much.

        Mike Street Station

        September 24, 2016 at 10:48 am

      • Map, I’ve stated many times on this blog that my political views have nothing to do with being a Christian. When I was a lukewarm Catholic in the 1970’s (and a teenager) my views were pretty much the same. If someone could convince me or prove to me that there is no God my political/social views wouldn’t change at all. As to the “this election if our last hope” mentality, we’ve heard this type of reasoning before. I don’t believe it because the behavior exhibited by famous conservative activists/writers before this year doesn’t indicate that 2016 is some kind of turning point. If were that close to the danger you’re talking about large numbers of famous conservatives would have gone third party. But people like Buchanan and Viguerie and the late Schlafly never did this. True, they talked about the need to limit immigration, and Buchanan’s talk is somewhat apocalyptic, but they didn’t specify that the immigration problem needs to be dealt with NOW to the exclusion of the rest of conservatism if necessary. When they are ready to give up all their Agnewesque and Reaganesque talk of the “silent majority” then I’ll believe it’s now or never.

        The woman in this video clearly has an attitude, and is probably mentally unstable. At first I suspected that she was a conservative doing an act and trying to make liberals look bad. Her hypocrisy here is astounding. She can just put an anti-Trump bumper sticker on her car to express her opinions. We know that if some right-winger gave her the finger in public she’d be calling a cop and complaining about “harassment.” Notice how she didn’t tell the cop that the man she gave the finger to could just as easily have given her the finger back if he was angry. She basically wanted him to just take the insult so she could feel better.


        September 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

      • Maryk,

        You’re hesitancy to vote for Trump still does not make sense. Pat Buchanan supports Donald Trump. Phyllis Schlafly supported Donald Trump. If you admire these conservatives, then why can’t you extend the same support?

        As for the other conservatives, isn’t it fairly clear that they are in on the Washington Generals/Harlem Globetrotters act? They are not concerned because they are in on the scam. You can’t use them as a guide because they are not even smart enough to see that the Left is preparing to dispense with the pretense of a two-party system. The cuckservatives will soon be unnecessary anyway. Their behavior predicts nothing.

        The past is no guide either because conditions are radically different today. When Barry Goldwater ran, the country was 90% White. Today, the Democrat Party is an openly anti-White party gloating about how Whites will be a minority. Why are they gloating? Because they intend to exterminate you. They want to render you helpless and impotent in your own country of birth, a slave at best, and dead at worst. Trump is the only reasonable alternative to this scenario available and you are still waffling?


        September 24, 2016 at 11:55 am

      • MaryK — Pat Buchanan and Phyliss Schlaffly have both written books saying exactly that. Buchanan has been saying it for a while and Schlaffly started saying it back in 2014 before Trump even announced. Here’s a link to her book. It’s only 48 pages but makes a solid case.


        September 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      • it would be fine if the guy were following her for a very short time to get her plate…i guess…but why would he want it?


        uhhh, yeah…this lady called me names and i’m sad, here’s her plate #.”

        what a pussy.

        but that’s not what he did.

        why would he follow her?

        it’s “menacing”.

        i’ve had it happen to me…not for saying anything…just for a right hand turn he didn’t like…some guy in a pick-up followed me…it’s creepy and only a criminal type would do such a thing.

        unfortunately such people are all trumpistas.

        it is to be hoped there will be a purge after trump wins.


        September 24, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      • ‘unfortunately such people are all trumpistas.’

        Videla, all blacks are trumpistas?


        September 25, 2016 at 11:20 am

    • “The past is no guide either because conditions are radically different today. When Barry Goldwater ran, the country was 90% White. Today, the Democrat Party is an openly anti-White party gloating about how Whites will be a minority.”

      I wish I could accuse you of exaggerating.

      Since the end of the 2012 election, the left has made it clear that they think that white men are at the root of the country’s problems. Their overarching goal is to reduce and replace the white population. It’s not even something they hide anymore, though they do get testy when you repeat what they’ve said and take them to task for it.

      What Merkel showed in 2015 is that you can’t trust that things will stay about the same over a period of time. Hillary is explicit about following Merkel’s lead and flooding the country with Muslims.

      We can all have enjoyable debates about tax policy, social spending and religious issues. These issues aren’t unimportant, but we have to learn to tolerate a wider spectrum of views on those issues. What we need to do is stop digging ourselves into a deeper hole with our immigration policies, and then work out eugenic demographic policies (though of course, we’d never call them that).


      September 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  4. Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask. I remember hearing someone once make off-hand comment about how Constitutional law was one of the “prestigious” specializations. You mainly focus on top tier law schools vs. lesser institutions, but what about hierarchies in areas of study? Between Sullivan at Stanford, Kagan at Harvard and this guy at Irvine, my limited knowledge suggests they get to be the deans of law schools.


    September 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    • Vince – the answer to your question doesn’t really matter. Top law school grads want nice houses, nice apartments, and wives who don’t nag about money, and they don’t care about the constitution any more than anyone else. Good lawyers know that almost all the constitutional law guys are like sportswriters – talented in one way, but complete losers in another way, in that they just pathetically want to be be able to hang out in the locker room with the team. Sad, sad, sad. In constitutional law in the present day, the “team” that matters is the boring old folks home of eternal jury duty that includes mediocre saps like Roberts and Ginsburg – likeable enough people in their way, I guess, but in the way that matters most, nothing more than sad crabby senior citizens who have decided to spend the few hours of the day they spend outside the house the same tedious way that the dull old folks who sit at McDonalds for a few hours after lunch do, because they know nobody will kick them out. The fun days of the crazy Nietzscheist O.W. Holmes and the crazier comically self-appointed heroes of progressive law like Brandeis and William Douglas are long long gone.

      howitzer daniel

      September 24, 2016 at 12:12 am

      • Thanks for your answer.


        September 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

  5. Slither back underneath a rock Ted.

    Big Humpa

    September 23, 2016 at 8:18 pm

  6. If Cruz were just trying to cover his bases and get with the new reality, he would have given his endorsement long before now.
    He’s watched and waited and now he’s willing to put himself behind someone he thinks is going to win.

    It’s the same thing with Kardashian. A lot of celebrities went out in favor of Hillary only to have her start ranting about not being “50 points ahead.” Kardashian is learning from their example and playing a smarter game. But even her strategic indecision amounts to a huge defection that paves the way for others.

    As people start to take Trump seriously, we’ll see more defectors.

    Giovanni Dannato

    September 23, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    • “2. Cruz realizes that Trump has a good chance of winning, and it’s to his benefit to be on the winning side.”

      Cruz is smarter than Trump.

      He has calculated that it is in best interest to issue a tepid statement at this point, whatever that permutation is.

      It might just be a clean hands play that he can be blamed when Trump loses. Or is might be horse trading- Mike Lee is now on the SCOTUS list.

      Lion of the Turambar

      September 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

  7. I don’t know if it means anything, but a popular German leftist blogger says Hillary is going to lose:

    And maverick libertarian-leaning, Green-leaning liberal Lionel (kind of a popular NYC radio host at one time) has been saying that HRC is finished for about a month. He has a lot of mostly good You Tube videos.

    At least a sense out there among some consequential non-rightists that her campaign is failing. It can´t hurt.


    September 23, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    • When people say this stuff and don’t site polling evidence you know that they are talking out of their ass.

      I know that my BLM supporting brother has basically accepted a Trump victory, but I don’t know what it is based on. The highly regarded Otis Index, which if anything is biased in *favor* of Trump, currently has Trump nearly 3 points behind. Brexit, in contrast, was tied in the polls before its victory.

      Trump could certainly win, especially if he has strong debates and external events happen which cause the polls to tighten further. But right now the smart money has to be on Crooked Hillary.

      I think Trump’s best case scenario is a tie in the popular vote and an electoral college victory.

      Otis the Sweaty

      September 24, 2016 at 8:36 am

  8. It is my personal experience to ser that many very judgmental christians are very horish in both their profesional and social life . It’s one of a reason that made me to flee catholicism.

    Bruno from Paris

    September 24, 2016 at 2:33 am

    • Do you think French people are boorish? Anglos are worse in this regard.

      I can tell you that the French are lot more intellectual and creative than the reserve English bastards.

      Montréal is the best city in Northern America.

      No Anglo-American city has the creativity and academic environment of Montréal.


      September 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm

  9. He should’ve waited until after the debates, IMO. That’s the time to give Trump a little boost and put him over the edge.

    Jason Liu

    September 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    • Cruz doesn’t want to help Trump, he still wants Trump to lose. He just doesn’t want to be blamed for Trump’s defeat.

      Otis the Sweaty

      September 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  10. Okay, new Morning Call poll has Killary’s lead in PA down to 2 from 8. This is it for her. It’s about to all come crumbling down. Trump just needs decent, not great, debates to close this out. They will throw everything at him and try and trip him up. Perhaps asking him about some stupid fact hardly anyone knows while Killary has the answer either beforehand with the question or piped into her earpiece.

    Trump also just announced a 13-state, $140 million blitzkrieg ad buy. We’re almost there folks.

    Andrew E.

    September 24, 2016 at 8:23 pm

  11. The skanky Cruz bitch always keep comin home to Daddy. Looks like that young buck Goldman Sachs used her up and kicked her sorry ass to the kerb (where she belong yeah).

    Well Daddy gonna take off his belt and teach this skank sum o dat DISCIPLINE.

    The Philosopher

    September 25, 2016 at 8:17 am

  12. By the way, tomorrow nite is the NITE. Get your beer and popcorn/pretzels, live at Hofstra.


    September 25, 2016 at 9:29 am

  13. I figured he’s angling for Scalia’s seat Could have 30 years of a decent gig…


    September 26, 2016 at 2:19 am

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