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“The Cure For The Common Trump”: Take One Cruz And Call Me In The Morning

It is time for Marco Rubio, John Kasich and their supporters to take a bitter pill. It won’t go down easy. But it is the only thing that gives the GOP a chance at curing the nasty infection that is The Trump after Tuesday’s election results.

The medicine is controversial. There are risks involved. There are serious but unavoidable side effects. But it does make a fine pairing with a cup of tea and a serving of delegate math, since the infection is still just a plurality and not a majority.

The pill is called Ted Cruz.

Now, now. Calm down. I see you, friends (establishment types or elites or moderate Republicans) shaking your heads and pursing your lips. May I suggest, before turning your head away, to please look again at your infection, The Trump. It’s looking like it might go gangrenous. It’s started asking good people to lower themselves by raising their hands and taking a pledge, to swear loyalty – the kind of gesture that has traditionally been reserved in this country not for mortals, but for the great symbols of our collective freedom, such as our flag and our Constitution.

What I’m saying to you is that the infection is scary. Like, really scary. If you don’t treat it now, you might die, okay?

The Republican party and the conservative movement – fractured as it is, it’s still important – might die. Take. The. Pill.

I’m not going to sugar coat it. You’re not a child (even if The Trump calls you and others like you “babies”). You are also old enough, and smart enough, to know that your own behavior got you here. You were reckless. You got into bed with people who weren’t good for the party.

Oh, sure, they seemed like a good idea at the time – so rich and powerful, right? Big insurance, big pharmaceutical manufacturers, big Wall Street. Of course you swooned. Of course you let them in. You let them whisper sweet nothings in your ear, and followed their advice, thinking that a little crony capitalism between lovers is only natural. Who would really notice that your promises to cut spending, simplify taxes, reduce regulations and strengthen national security would not be kept?

Meanwhile, you mocked the people who were trying to change the party to be more populist – a move that we now know was the beginning of the wave of the future. But you chose the wrong partners, and now you have The Trump. And it requires what you may consider to be an unpleasant and painful treatment. Bad medicine.

Again, perhaps context will help: Compared to The Trump, the populism of the tea party looks like the sniffles. And you had a chance, let’s not forget, to slow down and deal with the sniffles. Recognize them. Make peace with them. Heal together. But instead you scorned them. You laughed at them. You ignored and tried to delegitimize them. So isn’t it rather poetic justice that the cure to your Trump infection just may be a large, hot cup of tea party?

And besides, there could be some positive side effects that you haven’t even considered! A dose of Cruz may also soothe that tea party headache that you were never able to get rid of. Your conscience might clear up, too, as you get some distance from your crony capitalist exes. So, please. Consider taking one Cruz and calling me in the morning.


By: Jean Card, Thomas Jefferson Street Blog, U. S. News and World Report, March 9, 2016

March 10, 2016 - Posted by | Donald Trump, Establishment Republicans, GOP Primary Debates, Ted Cruz | , , , , , , ,


  1. I’m not confident that Cruz’s benefits don’t outweigh the side effects. It may be time to think about a “Do not resuscitate” tag instead for the party.


    Comment by List of X | March 10, 2016 | Reply

    • If only I held the Power of Attorney!


      Comment by raemd95 | March 11, 2016 | Reply

  2. The Romney Rule or the anti-Ron Paul rule was adopted at the 2012 GOP convention to stop Ron Paul from contesting Mitt’s nomination. Depending on 2016 delegate counts, the GOP can change the convention rules this year in any way they wish, to enhance one candidate at the expense of others. The rules are set before the delegates are allowed to vote. It is a tactic that is time-tested.


    Comment by walthe310 | March 10, 2016 | Reply

    • You’re exactly right. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen this year either.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by raemd95 | March 11, 2016 | Reply

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