Free the Delegates and Support Walker-Cruz 2016
By Erick Erickson | July 14, 2016, 05:00am
Assuming there is enough support for the delegates to free themselves from the suicide pact that is a Trump nomination, they need a back up ticket. The chief concern I get from delegates is that if they free themselves, what do they do. I think the most obvious choice would be a Scott Walker – Ted Cruz ticket.
Let me explain why.
First, it goes without saying that many of the major players in the party already know that Donald Trump is heading the party to electoral defeat and a certain loss of the Senate. But these same people would rather strap themselves onto deck chairs on the Titanic than have Ted Cruz get the nomination. Cruz at the top of the ticket means they lose power and they will not let that happen.
At this point, it is far better for us to ditch Trump and beat Hillary than have the Mitch McConnells of the world and Washington lobbyists surrender for job protection.
Second, Cruz has the delegate clout to make this happen that no one else does. He also has a perception among even a lot of right-of-center pundits that he is in this for himself and is actually without principle. Those of us who know Ted know this is not true, but a lot of opinion leaders on the right will never be moved from their hatred of Ted.
In Ted’s favor is being the statesman these guys do not think he is capable of being. If Ted Cruz comes out, admits we need to avoid the suicide that a Trump nomination would be, and recognizes he cannot be at the top of the ticket, he can be the king maker and statesman, both saving the party from Trump and setting the party on a course toward beating Hillary. It also, frankly, puts him in a good position for 2020 and proves all the pundits who hate him to be wrong.
Ted deserves to be on the ticket. But I think it is a bridge too far for him to be the Presidential nominee at this point. That’s just the reality of the situation.