When Ted Cruz announced that he was running for president, last March during a speech given at Liberty College, he used the word “Imagine” over forty times to describe his campaign and vision for the future, which seems appropriate since the only place Ted Cruz will ever actually be president is in his own imagination! As the Republican Primary rages on, an angry base of uneducated and grossly uninformed voters continue to embrace candidates who, most reasonable people would concede, are not qualified to run a hot dog cart much less the most powerful country in the free world. Nevertheless, over the past several months we have seen anti-establishment candidates like Ben Carson and Donald Trump, who have zero political experience and even less common sense, sore to the top of the polls.
Trump who has built his campaign brick by brick, not by the usual strategy of presenting a cohesive plan for America, but by pandering to the most ignorant and embittered of the Republican base while going verbal jihad on any candidate who would dare to challenge him on the issues or threaten to surpass him in the polls. This past week in Iowa, Ted Cruz passed Donald Trump in the polls and is now leading in Iowa by 10 points, a lead that has caused Trump to focus his latest barrage of attacks on the Tea Party Senator from Texas. During an appearance on Fox News, Trump wasted no time attacking Ted Cruz’s temperament and ability to lead. Trump went on to say;
Look at the way he’s dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like a you know, frankly like a little bit of a maniac, you can’t walk into the Senate, and scream, and call people liars, and not be able to cajole and get along with people.
Talk about the belligerent pot calling the screwball kettle black.
Will this latest conflict between Trump and Cruz have any impact on the rumors that Trump is planning on making Cruz his running mate if he gets the nomination, or is this all just political theater as these two publicity profiteers trade barbs and wait for the next batch of polls to dictate where to direct their next round of public attacks.
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