Presidential candidates always get what they political class refers to as a “bounce” following their party’s conventions. GOP runner up Ted Cruz seems to be experiencing a bounce of his own following his non endorsement speech at the Republican convention, only it is not the kind of bounce he was hoping for.
In an extraordinary public rebuke, two influential donors who were among the biggest supporters of Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign excoriated Mr. Cruz on Saturday for his decision not to endorse Donald J. Trump at the Republican National Convention.
The remarks from Robert Mercer of Long Island and his daughter Rebekah Mercer suggest widening fallout over Mr. Cruz’s convention speech, in which he did not endorse his former rival and, instead, suggested that Republicans should “vote your conscience” for candidates “up and down the ticket.”
There is a lot to like about Ted Cruz. He is one of the strongest supporters of limited government and a return to the type of constitutional republic that the founders created. It is doubtful that he would have nominated anything less than stellar originalists for the Supreme Court, and Cruz administration would have tackled government overreach similar to the way Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s.
But being the kind of plain speaking politician who has no qualms against going after members of your own party (like attacking Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor for example) doesn’t make you a hero with your fellow Republicans. It makes you hated. As if Cruz losing financial backers wasn’t bad enough, there are now rumors that three term Republican Governor Rick Perry is considering running against Cruz in the primary when Cruz faces reelection for his Senate seat.
The best place for Cruz to end up would be the Supreme Court, but his feud with Donald Trump is going to make that an impossibility. Trump displays the temper and the vindictiveness of a petulant adolescent. So with Cruz facing a tough reelection fight against a more popular native son of Texas, and his complete lack of friends in high places, Cruz faces the prospect of going from one time presidential hopeful to being completely out of the national picture.
Unless he reinvents himself, or improves his relationships with his fellow Republicans, his political free fall will be inevitable.