Difficult post as I am a Ted Cruz supporter.
Bold prediction: 2016 is a loss.
…at least for POTUS. …no matter who wins the Nomination.
Conservatives now have to think about the carnage that is being done down-ballot.
No matter who wins this Nomination fight (it will be Trump) that person is doomed to be buried in all of the dirt this cage match has dug up.
Forget for a minute that Democrats would have been mobilized en-masse against the GOP nominee.
The fact that Cruz has been (wrongly) branded with the scarlet letter of philandering, he now has the same “Woman Problem” in the popular conscience that Trump had.
The Democrats real challenge now is just figuring out which attack ads they should start with.
There is one solution and only one:
Cut our losses now!
Cruz drops out (hopefully Kasich too) and gives Trump an uncontested path to the Nomination.
Then we do nothing…
Let Trump lose the General Election on his own and lose it alone.
I hate to say it. Let him win the Nomination then disown and disavow him writing off 2016 as the nuclear disaster that it is. Pretend we don’t know him and for Pete’s Sake…stop talking about him!
No down ballot GOP candidates should campaign for him or with him.
No Party players should give speeches on his behalf.
All down ballot candidates should publicly and loudly request that he not mention them, speak for them or claim that he has even met them!
As I write this, I am barely beginning to grasp at the depth of the effect Trump’s candidacy and this nomination fight has had (and will have) on the conservative movement.
The damage is mortal.
2016 was a favorable Senate map for Democrats to begin with! Hillary, disliked or not, is a formidable campaigner.
We will have lost the Presidency, The Senate, The Supreme Court via Scalia’s replacement. Republicans may even lose the House — there is real danger of this.
There will be no power in Republican hands on the Federal level of Government. Think on that!
Now think on that after Dodd-Frank, after Affordable Care, after EPA, HUD, DOE, and other Alphabet Soup initiatives.
Think on that with the current virulent Left-Wing gun-grabbing fetish!
We will not have just lost the battle. Democrats are soon to be free to start shooting the battle’s survivors.
No snarky closing quips here! You should be good and sober after considering all this…