Donald Trump, the bloviating, billionaire bully, never tires of telling you how smart he is, how rich he is, how valuable his name is, and of course, how he purchased political influence from politicians. And, there is little doubt that Trump’s historic actions prove that he is not a conservative and is more often aligned with the progressive socialists – even to the extent of being a democrat years ago.
Why don’t we assume that Donald Trump would never put himself in jeopardy of becoming “a loser” in a political race or jeopardies the future value of his brand which comprises a significant portion of his claimed wealth. So how does he play both sides of the road – while simultaneously enhancing his brand valuation, not to mention his over-sized world-class ego?
It appears that Ted Cruz is the only true conservative that is smart, articulate, tough, and willing to challenge the leadership of his own party. Almost perfectly positioned to become the GOP frontrunner with the passion and ability to win the nomination. So what better way for Trump to gracefully bow out of the race than transferring his favorability to Cruz. If Cruz wins the Presidency, Donald Trump has the ultimate access to the Treasury and deal flow – not to mention ambassadorships or prestigious positions for his children. If Cruz loses, Donald still has the unique ability to spin his Cruz connection as the torpedo that sunk the Cruz candidacy. Win-Win as the deal-makers say.
How probable is this Trump-Cruz coalition?
From published reports we find:
- Polling suggests that Cruz is the second choice for many of those selecting The Donald as the frontrunner.
- Cruz and Trump have met in person and exchange occasional telephone calls occasionally. Cruz campaign staffers are said to communicate with their counterparts in the Trump campaign.
- There has been discussion of joint events.
- Cruz is either practicing Reagan’s eleventh commandment on attacking the opposition, not your opposition; or he is deliberately playing nice by failing to condemn Trump’s remarks concerning John McCain’s hero status or his over-the-top comments on illegal aliens being rapists and killers.
- Trump is known to have contributed $5,000 to Cruz’s Political Action Committee (Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund) in 2014.
- Cruz has attacked the positions of all of the other candidates, yet he appears to be very soft on The Donald’s past political activities and previous positions.
Bottom line …
Unfortunately the past two administrations, Bush and Obama, have damaged this nation severely and Obama's transformative policies have deeply polarized this nation so a small, but vocal majority can tip the balance in the upcoming election.
I think it is a credible line of inquiry to think that someone like Donald Trump would hedge his bets while seeing how far his campaign rhetoric and free media exposure can take him. As of this time, it does not look like the Trump people are spending time, effort, and money to qualify him for the ballot in all fifty states nor are they buying significant commercial time in any of the battleground states.
And, in a darker vein, is it possible that Trump is the progressive’s secret weapon to nullify the GOP enough so that a progressive socialist democrat could win the Presidency … an almost sure thing if Trump is willing to compromise his reputation to run as a third-party candidate and damage the GOP as much as Ross Perot did in earlier times.
I don’t trust Trump and I have lost a small measure of respect for Ted Cruz for pandering to Trump’s candidacy. But, then again, that’s politics and it may be what Cruz needs to win the nomination.
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius