Cruz’ Last Grasp

Ted Cruz took a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook yesterday. After getting absolutely shellacked in the I-95 Primary, where he finished dead last in all five states, he had to do something with Indiana’s primary looming less than a week away to stop the media from talking about his loss. And it was a rather large loss. He had fewer votes in all five of the states than Donald Trump did in just Pennsylvania. He finished third to John Kasich everywhere…and he garnered a whopping three delegates…all from that delegate-rich state of Rhode Island.

So what does Ted Cruz do to change the narrative? He tells the world that when he’s nominated, he will pick Carly Fiorina as his running mate. There. That’ll get their attention. And it did…sort of.

Most of the newscasters and pundits out there shrugged their shoulders, and went back to the real news. It was about as important a moment on the Republican side as Jim Webb if he would have said that he was going to select Albert McKinney for his running mate if he wins the nomination. Who is Albert McKinney? Exactly!

I think Paul Manafort had it right when asked about the Cruz move. He said it was the second attempt at a move of desperation. The first one didn’t work, and this one probably won’t either. That is pretty much the way most people see it. I really likened the move to when John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate back in 2008. I remember sitting at my desk at work, heard the news, and had to Google Sarah Palin to see who in hell she was. Then I shrugged my shoulders and wondered if she was the best choice, or just the best choice that said “yes”.

We’re at the point in both the GOP and Democrats’ campaigns now where we normally are right after Super Tuesday. It has been a contentious year on both sides. On one side you’ve got “establishment” leaders of a party, primed in national politics and at the top of their profession being undermined by a newcomer with no experience, and putting them to shame. And they are fighting it every step of the way. On the other side, you’ve got two rather weak candidates that really couldn’t win during a year that had an unpopular GOP president finishing his second term. One has the youth vote, who are fickle and most likely won’t show up to back the ultimate winner, and one with enough baggage to fill a Pullman train. That has made this an interesting spring, but it’s pretty apparent to all concerned right now that both races appear to be over.

If Donald Trump continues on his path, he actually should wrap up the nomination by the convention. I don’t think he’ll have many extra delegates to play with, but he should top 1,237. Hillary Clinton will most certainly have enough delegates to capture the nomination. Her only problem is whether she will be referred for indictment before or after the convention. That could be the only problem she’s facing before the general election against Trump.

So, there you have it. Trump vs. Clinton in the fall. Pretty much stick that in the bank. Oh, Bernie Sanders may make a noise about it in Philadelphia, just like Ted Cruz will in Cleveland, but in the end, it’s going to be a very calm (and boring) convention in both cities. Trump and Clinton have survived. One through attrition of rivals, the other by making it through all of her very own mistakes.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!