Michael Gaynor
Laura Ingraham tried mightily to keep Ted Cruz from self-destructing, but Cruz insisted
By Michael Gaynor
July 22, 2016

Query, is Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush now thinking of challenging Cruz when Cruz runs for reelection in 2018? If his dad, Jeb Bush, learns from Cruz's mistake and mans up, his son's political career is likely to follow an ascending path.

Don't blame television and radio star Laura Ingraham for Ted Cruz's self-destruction.

Ingraham tried mightily to dissuade him.

Cruz proved that he is both untrustworthy and dangerously ambition by refusing to honor his pledge to support the winner of the Republican presidential nomination.

The third day of the 2016 Republican Convention including some fully televised terrific speeches by Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich and Eric Trump, a full televised pathetic speech by Republican presidential wannabe Cruz, and a superb, yet only partly televised speech, by Laura Ingraham, a passionate Donald Trump supporter who in her convention speech warned the also rans who had pledged to support the winner of the Republican presidential nomination to honor their pledge to support the winner.

Ingraham: "I want to say this very plainly. We should all – even all you boys with your wounded feelings and bruised egos... and we love you, we love you – but you must honor your pledge to support Donald Trump now."

Ingraham was absolutely right: any of those "boys" who doesn't man up is proving he is just an untrustworthy political opportunist.

Ingraham was so effective that "progressives" charged she performed a Nazi salute during her speech (www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/07/21/laura_ingraham_gives_seeming_nazi_ salute_to_image_of_trump.html).

Either they didn't hear her mention her Polish grandparents or her father's enlistment in the United States Navy during World War II, or they are as vile as the "progressives" promoting the libel that Trump is anti-Semetic.

In refusing to endorse Trump, Cruz looked even smaller than he did when he attacked "New York values" during a debate before the Iowa Republican primary and was immediately schooled by a soft-spoken Trump.

Cruz has only himself to blame.

Ingraham even posted this draft of a speech that Cruz eventually will realize he should have delivered:

"First, I would like to speak directly the millions of Americans who supported Heidi and me throughout this campaign. I want you to know that it was an honor and a privilege to have your support. We felt your love, we appreciated your prayers, and we were humbled by your trust.

"I know many of you are disappointed in how our campaign ended. Believe me, I know how it feels.

"The story goes that once, when Abe Lincoln was asked about an unsuccessful election, he said that he felt like a boy who stubbed his toe – it hurts too much to laugh, and I'm too old to cry.

"But now you and I have to decide what comes next. As you have heard tonight, I will never, ever stop fighting for my beliefs. I will never, ever stop working to help this country live up to its ideals – no matter who is in the White House. As you and I both know, principles are more important than politics.

"So the big question for me is this: How can we best advance our principles? And after prayerful consideration, I have concluded that we must stop Hillary Clinton from being elected. There are many, many supporters of Donald Trump who share our views and who will be happy to work with us to advance the conservative cause. That's just not true of Hillary's supporters.

"If the Republicans win this fall, we can continue the debate over what comes next. But if Hillary wins, she will do everything possible to rig the courts, trample the First Amendment, and stymie any significant opposition. Her entire career is marked by unrelenting hostility to traditional Americans, social conservatives, and free market capitalism. Furthermore, she has always placed her own personal interest – including her financial interest – ahead of the country's good. That's just who she is, and she's not going to change.

"Therefore, I will be supporting Donald Trump for president. I have gotten to know Donald quite well – we've spent a lot of time on stage together during the past year. We do not always agree. Sometimes we violently disagree. He has said things about me and my family that I thought were unfair and out of bounds – and I'm sure he thinks I've said unfair things about him. But I believe he is a patriot, and I believe he wants to make America great again. I want to help him help this country, and I hope all of my supporters will do so as well.

"God bless us all, and may God bless and protect these wonderful United States of America."

Cruz needs a do over, but he's doubling down instead.

Query, is Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush now thinking of challenging Cruz when Cruz runs for reelection in 2018? If his dad, Jeb Bush, learns from Cruz's mistake and mans up, his son's political career is likely to follow an ascending path.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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