Sorry Pat, but I have a principled point of disagreement with you concerning your statement towards the end of an otherwise good rant. It (challenging the political status quo) didn’t ”have to take place place outside the political bubble, Ted Cruz has been in the thick of it (on the federal level) ever since he came to Washington.
That the overwhelming majority of Washington’s elite in both parties hate him, is proof of that. If not for the GOPe / Trump pincer movement (the former clearly didn’t want Cruz to win), Cruz would have gotten the nomination and on to a commanding lead over Hillary Clinton, after giving the electorate clear stark choices, both philosophically and morally.
I voted Trump because I’m one of those ”Never Hillary” people, but make no mistake, if Trump wins the WH, he will have to be held accountable for all he’s promised, as well as persuaded not to embark on boneheaded anti-free trade measures, like asinine tariffs and paying for someone’s parental leave.