Now that evangelical Ted Cruz is out of the Republican race, we have to wonder where all that support will go. With 546 delegates claimed by the Cruz camp and the Republican nomination down to the presumptive and destructive Donald Trump
and 1-for-38 John Kasich, the Cruz camp is going to have to go somewhere.
Update: This was written at around 8:21 am on May 4th, 2016 and was scheduled to publish at 6:30 am on May 5th, 2016. The Kasich Argument here is outdated, as he dropped out. Click here for a quickly-put-together string of thoughts on Kasich dropping out and what that means for the Republican Party. If you didn’t know Kasich existed, just keep on reading.
Lets get something out of the way rather quickly here; some of these aforementioned delegates are going to be stuck voting for Ted Cruz because of their individual state conduct. Since Ted Cruz essentially came in a rather distant second place during this election, his name will most definitely be thrown around during this year’s Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Presumably those Cruz delegates who are not bound will find themselves picking between Kasich and Trump — some falling in line on the caboose of the Trump Train
and others turning to Kasich as an alternative apocalypse.
But…what about his fans? The people that actually voted for him? Where will the evangelical vote go? Where will the fringe Republican #NeverTrump voters turn to in the remaining primaries? There is no longer an uber-religious candidate running on the platform of Christian persecution; so where will this very loud and very arrogant voting base turn to? Will they swallow their pride and vote for Trump’s Two Corinthians?
Or will they finally learn what John Kasich’s name is?
Well, to answer that, we have to ask whether or not Ted Cruz is going to endorse anyone left. There isn’t an evangelical left, so there goes that endorsement. There isn’t even an establishment left in this race — it doesn’t matter what anyone wishes to claim; John Kasich is not an establishment. Kasich, ironically, was a radical member of the party at least half a decade ago. He’s shot past the center-establishment field. The rest of the party has gone so insanely far to the right that John Kasich is
the remaining moderate, and that’s incredibly scary to think about. Ted Cruz himself wasn’t even an establishment: he was despised by the establishment until the very last minute!
Then we have to realize something: all those establishment endorsements that chalked up to literally nothing. Oh my lord. The sheer number of establishment and Tea Party based politicians that endorsed this man out of pure desperation are left to the wind! Hell, forget the divisions for a moment. All the Republicans that were desperate enough to throw their endorsement towards Cruz rather than Trump
Former Republican nominee Mitt Romney; Incumbent Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley; Former Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush; Former Republican presidential candidate and current South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham; Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado; Senator Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania.
Justin Amash, Brian Babin, Jim Bridenstine, Mo Brooks, Ken Buck, Michael C. Burgess, John Culberson, Jeff Duncanm, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Sam Graves, Glenn Grothman, Jeb Hensarling, Jody Hice, Tim Huelskamp, Sam Johnson, Steve King, Raúl Labrador, Doug Lamborn, Mia Love, Tom McClintock, Mark Meadows, Alex Mooney, John Ratcliffe, Reid Ribble, Dana Rohrabacher, Matt Salmon, David Schweikert, Ann Wagner, Mike Lee, Greg Abbott, Scott Walker, Randy Weber, Roger Williams! Ron Nehring, Mike Schroeder, Willis Lee, Barry Peterson, Ellen Barrosse, Melody Potter, and Carolyn McLarty , Norm Semanko, Richard Cebra, Saul Anuzis, Jack Kimball, Tina Benkiser, Morton Blackwell, Kathy Hayden, Dr. Jim Pelura, Giovanni Cicione, Tirso del Junco, Will Deschamps!
Holy mother-load of desperation and compromise! This isn’t even 1/2 of the amount of endorsements Ted Cruz obtained in the last few months! Not to even mention the far-right conservative names of Duck Dynasty, Glenn Beck, Rick Perry, and the background support from Goldman Sachs!
At this point? Most of these names and many more are either going to give up and vote for Trump or, simply, give up. Many might refuse to vote for either party. Some have already come out and stated they’ll vote Democrat for the first time in their life to avoid a Trump legacy. Some have even announced that they’re dropping from the Republican Party entirely, turning to No Party Affiliation and Independent arms. Some have sighed heavily, announcing that they will back Trump in order to “preserve” what very little the Republican Party has left to their name.
As for the people? The citizens of America that have either been with Cruz since day 1 or have turned to him as the final Republican savior (after the political deaths of Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio)? They’ll vote Trump or not vote at all. Those unfortunate souls who’ve switched from candidate to candidate might just give up at this point.
They’ll either vote Trump, or won’t vote at all. The Cruz Crew will Cruise to No One, if not Trump.