Washington Post: Even after Wisconsin win, Ted Cruz struggles to get establishment GOP support
Even after Wisconsin win, Ted Cruz struggles to get establishment GOP support
After his most convincing victory yet over Donald Trump in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz sought on Wednesday to shed his reputation as a divisive bomb-thrower and position himself as the candidate who can bring the Republican Party together.
But it wasn’t clear whether it was working. In Washington and across the country, many mainstream Republicans who despise Trump — including many supporters of former candidate Marco Rubio — are still declining to support the senator from Texas, whose antagonism toward GOP leaders has been the centerpiece of his political rise.
The lukewarm reception highlighted the difficulty Cruz faces in recasting himself as a bridge builder after years of bridge burning. Many top Republicans remain strongly opposed to both Cruz and Trump and hold out hope that long-shot candidate John Kasich, or perhaps another Republican not in the race, can somehow clinch the nomination.
“I think stopping Donald Trump has got to be the number one goal, and to rally around Ted Cruz in these future primaries I think is important,” said billionaire GOP donor Frank VanderSloot, who backed Rubio. “But neither I nor very many of the people I know are enamored with Ted Cruz, and I think that everyone is hoping it is a brokered convention where we can have a third choice.”
Cruz has to know this, DOESN'T HE?
TED CRUZ IS LIKE THE GUY IN THE CLUB WHO WANTS TO FUCK THE STRIPPER SO HE KEEPS PUTTING BENJAMINS IN HER BELT, WHILE ALL THE OTHER GUYS SIT BACK AND WATCH THE SHOW SHE'S PUTTING ON FOR THEM FOR FREE.
TED DOESN'T CARE IF THE STRIPPER ACTUALLY LIKES HIM OR NOT, HE BELIEVE, EVENTUALLY SHE'S GOING TO FUCK HIM.
BUT HE IS DRUNK ENOUGH TO BELIEVE.
HE HAS TO BELIEVE.
UNTIL HE RUNS OUT OF BENJAMINS.