During the primaries, I was a Ted Cruz fan, and it was really hard to watch the media and Donald Trump spread lies about him. It was even harder to watch Cruz suddenly come out in support of Donald Trump after all the vicious lies and the scandalous Trump video and of course Cruz’s “vote your conscience” moment.
Now it appears that Cruz has completely forgiven Trump and even become his . . . friend? A week after election day, Cruz rejected the potential supreme court nomination and has decided to become Trump’s ally in congress instead. Cruz introduced Tillerson at his hearing, and he and Trump are reportedly joining forces on key legislation.
So what might be Cruz’s motives? Could this all be to save his Senate race next year? After his “vote your conscience” moment, Trump came out determined to run someone against Cruz and take his seat away. However, the most obvious challenger would have been Rick Perry who was nominated as Secretary of Energy and therefore won’t be running.
Could Cruz have lost his mind and really believe that Trump is going to do all that he promised? I seriously doubt it. Even if you aren’t a fan of Cruz, it’s hard to argue that he isn’t a smart man and probably thinks ahead every move he makes. Could he still be thinking of his own run again in four years? It’s doubtful. The sitting president almost always runs again on the ticket so unless something happens to Trump in the next four years, like him or not, he will probably be the nominee again. In fact, the only time the sitting president hasn’t gotten the nomination for a second term was Franklin Pierce in 1852. His presidency actually helped lead to the creation of the Republican party. Cruz could be hoping to ingratiate himself with Trump voters for a run in eight years, which I hope is not the case as then he would be just like any other politician, only out for his own career, and I had higher hopes for him.
My guess is that Cruz is following that old age mantra: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Cruz knows first hand the wrath of Trump supporters and probably doesn’t want to incur any more. I hope that Cruz is just trying to make the best of a bad situation; trying to work with a Republican congress and a president who might actually sign some key legislation like Defuning Planned Parenthood, setting term limits, and the like.
Whatever his motivations, as nice as he would have been as a justice, I can understand that he feels he can do more on the outside, and I will wait and see which Cruz emerges.
Lorana Hoopes is a Christian author who focuses on the inspirational with a touch of romance.Her books are available at Amazon.