Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hey There, Hobson

So I said, I said, "Well," I said, as they tightened the straps and shaved my head, I said, "Looks like my best bet to avoid the gas chamber is the electric chair."
... Republican elites are begrudgingly embracing Ted Cruz—and hanging Marco Rubio out to dry. 
Panicked at Donald Trump’s dominance and dismayed by Rubio’s continued inability to do anything about it, some top Republican power brokers are turning to Cruz, putting aside their policy and personal misgivings to back the candidate they now openly label as their best hope to stop Trump’s GOP takeover.
“He seems to be the only guy who’s got some momentum, and is probably the best situated if there is anybody out there to beat Trump,” said Austin Barbour, a prominent Mississippi-based GOP operative. “That’s why there are many people like me—Ted Cruz wouldn’t have been our first choice, but as we go through the process, we’re reevaluating our vote, and he seems to be the guy at the top of the list.” ...
Oh, they'll pour plenty of money into him if they figure out how to get him the nomination, and they'll hype him like the second coming (which shouldn't be hard, since that's exactly how Cruz sees himself.) My faith in today's Republican voters is pretty much shattered: their ability to wool their eyes is beyond reckoning. But I think -- I'd like to believe, anyway -- that there are enough of them who see Carpet-bombing Cruz as the dangerous, lying, egotistical, theocratic, messianic manipulator that he is, to keep him from being elected; that they'd find it impossible to vote for him even against Hillary (or, as now seems not entirely impossible, Bernie.)

If not, well, it's unthinkable. So I'll try not to.

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