Rush Triples Down on Cruz Advocacy!
Rush is adamant that he is remaining neutral on the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries. Maybe Rush needs to have someone who is a disinterested third-party give him some honest feedback. The real issue for Rush is that his bias for Cruz is clouding his ability to analyze current events accurately and to objectively see Cruz has others see him. Rush needs to ask himself the questions, “Why don’t I understand the real motivation behind Trump supporters and why Ted Cruz cannot gain any traction”? Here are a couple of recent campaign events that Rush just flatly got wrong!
Speaker Boehner, speaking at an event at Stanford University this week described Ted Cruz as: “Lucifer in the flesh.” Then Boehner went on to say, “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
This comment was no surprise as practically all establishment Republicans and the Congressional Republicans have disdain for Cruz and his approach to the government shutdown and other tactics. They feel that he is a “grandstander”, and show boats for his own political gain. (With the GOP Congress at about a 12% approval rate, I am not sure any of them are able to take much of a high moral ground!)
That said, Rush concluded that the Boehner remarks, and his apparent support for Trump over Cruz, would be a big benefit for Cruz as Boehner is the epitome of the “establishment” and, paraphrasing, would give Cruz “street creds” as an anti-establishment candidate. But…
The only people who see this as a benefit for Cruz are the died in the wool Cruz supporters like Limbaugh and Levin.
The Trump supporters see the comments as a confirmation that Cruz is not a team player, cannot motivate others to join his position, and deepens their distrust of Ted based on the fact that only a handful of his Congressional colleagues have backed him.
The Republican establishment totally agree with Boehner! So, how is this going to help Cruz?
In the past few weeks, Cruz had been working delegate rules in various states in an attempt to Stop Trump. His efforts have not been opposed by the Stop Trump GOP Establishment so Cruz has been even more successful at pealing off 2nd ballot delegates that one would have thought possible.
Cruz’s reaction to Boehner’s comments was to slam the Speaker, and by extension, the GOP Establishment. OK. But, the people Cruz needs at the convention are, you guessed it, those same GOP insiders that support Boehner! For someone who is supposed to be brilliant, this reaction by Cruz was not in his own best interest. Sometimes it is best to just walk away and ignore comments like these.
Everyone already knew Boehner had nothing but contempt for Cruz so it would have been a 10 second spot on the 11:00 PM news. But, Cruz kept the comments alive with his tweets and comments while lessening his chances of having the GOP continue help him to pick off more candidates and Stop Trump.
Also, he played into Trump’s narrative of Cruz that none of his colleagues in Congress liked him! Cruz should have also been smart enough to see that after last Tuesday’s massive win for Trump, the GOP insiders, establishment and donor classes all but gave up on their Stop Trump movement. His chances for continued institutional finance contribution are pretty much nil.
Rush overestimated any benefit that accrued to Cruz as a result of the Boehner comments. In fact, Cruz’s reaction probably turned this into a net negative for Cruz and a benefit for Trump, but Rush would never agree with this!
Governor Mike Pence’s “Endorsement” of Cruz:
It was clear this morning listening to Rush that he had not previewed the two sound bites his staff had clipped of Governor Mike Pence regarding his very tepid “endorsement” of Cruz. If Rush had listened to the clips, the first thing he would have realized was that this really was not an endorsement in the traditional sense but a statement that Pence would vote for Cruz next Tuesday. There were no comments regarding campaigning for Cruz in Indiana like Scott Walker did in Wisconsin.
Rush told his staff to run soundbite 20 of the Pence endorsement. The transcript from Rush’s website describes the conversation as follows:
RUSH: I want to get a couple bites in from Pence, Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, and his endorsement. Sound bites 20 and 30. Here is the first one.
PENCE: I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates in the field. I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration —
RUSH: Wait a minute, what? (my comment, Rush caught off guard)
PENCE: — of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress —
RUSH: I thought this — (my comment, Rush caught off guard)
PENCE: — in Washington, DC.
RUSH: It says here —
PENCE: And I’m also particularly grateful that Donald Trump has taken a strong stance for Hoosier jobs when we saw jobs in the Carrier company abruptly announce leaving Indiana not for another state, but for Mexico, I’m grateful, I’m grateful for his voice in the national debate. Let me say I’ve come to my decision about who I’m supporting, and I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary.
(My Comment: Rush clearly did not expect Pence to go on singing the praises of Donald Trump and when this sound bite finished, Rush was flustered and cut to a break. He clearly wanted to hear the next sound bite from Pence before continuing)
RUSH: Wow. Okay. I don’t have time to play, he goes on about Cruz, there’s another 40 seconds. I just don’t have time. I’ll do it right when we get back, top of the next hour. It says right here: “Pence endorses Cruz.” I gotta take a break here. I gotta be very careful on how I characterize — just hit the break, let’s go, Snerdley.
After the break, Rush played both segments of the Pence promise to vote for Cruz:
PENCE: I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates in the field. I particularly want to commend Donald Trump, who I think has given voice to the frustration of – of millions of working Americans with a lack of progress in Washington, DC. And I’m also particularly grateful that Donald Trump has taken a strong stand for Hoosier jobs when we saw jobs in the Carrier company abruptly announce leaving Indiana, not for another state, but for Mexico. I’m grateful, I’m grateful for his voice in the national debate. And let me say I’ve come to my decision about who I’m supporting, and I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary.
RUSH: Okay, that first sound bite was 40 seconds, and then about 35 seconds into it, Ted Cruz was mentioned and mentioned as the candidate that Mike Pence is supporting. Here is what he said next.
PENCE: I see Ted Cruz as a principled conservative who’s dedicated his career to advocating the Reagan agenda. And I’m pleased to support him. I really admire the way Ted Cruz has been willing to stand up for taxpayers in opposing runaway spending, deficits, and debt, calling for and leading on repealing Obamacare. And I also have to tell you I’m very impressed with Ted Cruz’s devotion and knowledge of the Constitution of the United States, of the freedoms that are enshrined there in our Bill of Rights, from our liberties to our Second Amendment. And of course, I appreciate his strong and unwavering stand for the sanctity of life.
RUSH: And so it is being dissected, as I mentioned on cable networks left and right, and I’m sure other places too, the analysis of this endorsement, and you’re gonna hear all kinds of takes on it. I probably imagine you having your own reaction to it in one of a number of different ways.
While it is commendable that Rush viewed Pence’s promise to vote for Cruz as a resounding endorsement, however, not many others do. Pence spent almost half of his statement praising Trump for actually setting the agenda for 2016 and for standing up for Indiana against Carrier Air Conditioning who is moving to Mexico! Rush’s enthusiasm for Cruz once again led him to overstate a fact and really miss the impact, or lack thereof, of this event.
Bobby Knight Endorsement of Trump:
In that same segment where rush was discussing the Pence pledge to vote for Cruz, Rush threw cold water on the real Endorsement by Bobby Knight of Donald Trump. (A real endorsement includes actually working for the campaign on the trail and not merely voting for the candidate.)
Rush: On the other side you have Trump, who was endorsed by Bobby Knight. And Bobby Knight said that he doesn’t know if Trump is a Republican or Democrat and he doesn’t even know what a conservative is. Bobby Knight: “Is a conservative a guy that goes to bed early? Is a conservative a guy that goes to bed too early or too late and doesn’t get enough sleep? I really don’t know what a conservative is.”
Rush knows better than to try to deflect to ideology rather than state that the Knight endorsement was huge in Indiana. No one in Indiana cares whether Bobby Knight knows the definition of what a conservative is. Bobby Knight put Indiana on the map and everyone in the US who follows college sports knows that Knight is a giant in college basketball and a legend in Indiana. Knight is seen as a WINNER. This fits into Trump’s narrative of him being a winner and the US will once again become a winner.
Rush cannot seem to get back to his long hitting streak of calling events as they are. He seems to be in a Cruz fog and cannot penetrate through to reality. As a conservative, Rush should be focused on Clinton and her shortfalls rather than working on discrediting the frontrunner and supporting someone who will not win the GOP nomination. I have written before, the GOP insiders hate Cruz worse than Trump and will make sure that if Trump is inevitable, he will win. If Trump is not inevitable, they will use Cruz to go to a 2nd ballot and nominate Kasich if they can tear him away from the buffet line. Cruz, Limbaugh and Levin are all living in a dream world devoid of reality.