#1 Jonah Goldberg: I Choose Ted by ThirstyMan 21.07.2016 19:18

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National Review continues to support Ted Cruz TM

I find it nothing short of hilarious how so many seasoned political journalists (including many of my colleagues ó and betters ó at Fox) are visibly shocked and appalled by what Cruz did last night. Ever since I was a kid, the political press ó left, right, and center ó has whined that thereís no drama at conventions any more. Itís all scripted. Itís just an infomercial. Itís just such a shame.

Well here comes Ted Cruz providing exactly the sort of drama they yearned for and many of these same voices are aghast at Ted Cruzís effrontery. The word has gone out across the land: This is an outrage! Not since Caligula appointed his horse to the Roman senate has a political figure showed such contempt for decorum and the solemnity of politics! Last night and this morning, across the news channels, Iíve watched many people I respect ó and a great many more I donít ó talk about what a sore loser Cruz is.

There are two things to say about that.

First, many of these people are willingly buying into Manafortís stagecraft. The Trump team knew about the speech beforehand. The outrage on the floor may have ended up being genuine, but it started out manufactured. I understand that Chris Christie will spew whatever fake outrage his masters instruct, like a trained seal barking for another herring. But I donít see why so many supposedly seasoned political observers are volunteering for service.

Second, what the hell are people talking about? This is part of the corruption of Trump. He called Ted Cruz a liar every day and in every way for months (it used to be considered a breach in decorum to straight up call an opponent a liar, never mind use it as a nickname). The insults against his wife, the cavalier birtherism, the disgusting JFK-assassination theories about his dad: These things are known. And yet the big conversation of the day is Ted Cruzís un-sportsmanlike behavior? For real? But forget Cruz for a moment. For over a year, Trump has degraded politics in some of the most vile ways. His respect for the Republican party as the home of conservatism is on par with Napoleonís respect for churches when he converted them into stables. But thatís okay because heís Trump. Heís a ďwinner.Ē And now that heís the nominee, the Smart Set and the Mob is telling me that Cruz is the outrageous violator of norms and good manners. Letís all look down our noses at the sore loser everybody, as we bend the knee and make every apology possible for the sorest, most ungracious winner in American history. When I watch Trumpís kitchen cabinet of yes men rise from their ďThank you, sir, may I have another?Ē prostrations just long enough to talk about Cruzís self-interestedness, I have to laugh. Whereís your shinebox, Governor Christie? Ted Cruz has never been my favorite politician. And I am not so naïve that I donít recognize the gamble Cruz is making.

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#2 RE: Jonah Goldberg: I Choose Ted by truthkeeper 21.07.2016 19:36

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#3 RE: Jonah Goldberg: I Choose Ted by ThirstyMan 21.07.2016 19:38

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Every good drama has a betrayer, someone who lets everyone down and disappoints. Everyone knows that.

"Et tu Brutu"?

So Goldberg decides

First, that the villain should be praised. Suddenly the villain is the hero in fact. He brings drama to the "show".

and

Secondly, this villain isn't the REAL villain. This villain was provoked after all. He was given an opportunity to settle the score and he took it. It therefore is not his fault, it's Donald Trump's fault for providing this opening.

and therefore

Thirdly the conclusion should be Cruz is not guilty. Trump is guilty. He should have known what Cruz would do and he allowed it.

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