It’s true, Cruz received little support from most quarters - including the GOP. But, then Trump didn’t receive support from the GOP either.
But some of you guys seem to want to leave out the gullible electorate - an electorate in front of which this latest Republican psychodrama played out. Our electorate sees through NOTHING!! To say the electorate is made up of at least 51% gullible, ill-informed and shallow people is being kind.
The sad truth is, in all likelihood this country is no longer center-right and, looking at the two nominees, without question the nation is made up of people who don’t place a premium on honesty. Hell, most voters, based on recent election results, don’t really care about competence/objective results - thus Obama was reelected. and Hillary was anointed one of the nominees.
No, if we - the people - wanted to nominate a Conservative we had the opportunity - he was on the ballot. Run away from that fact if you want, but I will not. There are several reasons Cruz lost - lack of funding was NOT one of them. An inability to get his message out was NOT one of them. Certainly Trump was given the media spotlight - he sold soap for the networks and made himself available. He appeared to be as pissed at the establishment as many of us. But, he could NEVER be confused with being a Conservative.
The GOP cast not one ballot, yet Cruz made it to the final 3. Had Kasich dropped out sooner could Cruz have picked up most of his supporters? I doubt it - Kasich was not a Conservative. It is far more likely Trump would have picked up the lion’s share of his voters and, thus would have won by an even wider margin.
Yes, it’s easier to accept defeat if one can focus blame on a single entity, like the GOP/the Establishment.
While I place most of the blame on our under-informed, low-voltage electorate, I am mindful that Trump’s victory owes a great deal to the do-nothing Republican politicians who infest the ranks of Congress.
Obviously, people wanted an “outsider”. Sadly, they were incapable/unable to recognize they had an articulate, constitutionalist “outsider” being held at arms length by many of his fellow Republicans in the Senate.
In the end, voters elected as their nominee the bright, shiny object known as Donald Trump - a man who is currently inserting his foot in his mouth on a weekly basis; a man who can’t articulate a complete thought; a man who provides a rich target for Democrats and their hand-maidens, the MSM and a man who is currently getting his ass kicked by arguably and objectively the most corrupt and incompetent politician of our time - a woman without any accomplishment to show for 25 years of government service.
The electorate could have ended this BS at the ballot box a long time ago - but did not. If we truly had a center right nation we could NOT have elected Obama twice and we could not have nominated Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from the list of available candidates.
It is fair to point out that this nation’s electorate has suffered from the influence of decades of Progressive dogma that has permeated our education system and has found an amplified voice in our media. But, in the end, it is the people of this country that have chosen to adopt much of the BS without any attempt to examine the veracity of those teachings and resultant consequences.
It seems to me the elemental difference between Trump and Clinton is the fact he has demonstrated a high level of competence in his chosen field, as measured by results; Hillary has never demonstrated competence by any objective measure.
It is for that reason I will cross my fingers and vote for Trump. But I have no real confidence in the man.
See my signature line below. The sentiment expressed is valid and most of you know it. It’s time the electorate came to grips with its malfeasance and to stop with the excuses!!