The conventional wisdom is that the Republican establishment will support one of their own, Jeb Bush or Scott Walker, to take the Republican nomination and deny it to the conservative, tea party candidates such as Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. But that plan, which worked in 2012 with Mitt Romney, has fallen apart this time around due to the fact that neither Bush nor Walker are getting any enthusiasm from the voters. In the meantime, Donald Trump is rampaging across the campaign trail, upending the apple cart, and saying alarming thing. Thursday, Scott McKay at the American Spectator offered an astonishing scenario. The Republican establishment turns to Ted Cruz to save them and the election from Trump.
The theory is that with Bush, who has money, not getting traction, the only two candidates who will be left by March will be Trump and Cruz. Trump has his personal fortune and his bombastic appeal. Cruz has superior fundraising ability, organization, and tea party appeal.
“We could see a situation where Trump is ahead on the strength of his performance in the early states and still leads in the polls, though he might have commenced fading in the face of the various challenges befalling a presidential candidate and the terror gripping the party of having to nominate a bull-in-a-China-shop like the real estate magnate has not subsided. But while the establishment might believe Trump is beatable, they could be without candidates to beat him.
“And at that juncture, the unthinkable might become inevitable; namely, that the RINO/Chamber of Commerce GOP establishment might well see Ted Cruz as their only hope to stop Donald Trump from getting the Republican nomination.”
McKay is not the first analyst to suggest that Trump is clearing the way for Cruz. However, Allahpundit at Hot Air decided to have some fun with the scenario.
“Is that what those ‘secret’ chats between Cruz and Trump are about? Some master plan to clear the rest of the GOP field between them? Suddenly I’m imagining a ‘special message’ from Trump next spring, aired live from his office in Trump Tower, in which he reveals that his candidacy was actually part of an elaborate pincer movement to outwit the GOP donor class and pave the way for the man he’s really supporting for president — at which point Ted Cruz steps into frame. Then they both laugh mwa-ha-ha style as Karl Rove, watching from home, leaps to his feet and covers his mouth in astonishment. My God — it’s all so clear now.”
As beguiling as that thought is, Allahpundit, in a more serious vein, suggests that the Republican moneymen are more likely to try to puff up Marco Rubio before they would turn to Cruz. Nevertheless, Cruz has some advantages. He, unlike Trump, does not refer to everybody and anybody as “losers” and his proposals, while conservative, seem more realistic than Trump’s. Besides, with Hillary Clinton imploding and Bernie Sanders unelectable, the time may well be to go all in and nominate the most conservative candidate. Besides, if Cruz is elected president, he will be out of the hair of the Republican senate leadership, at least until he starts sending proposals down Pennsylvania Avenue that he expects to be passed with dispatch.