Ted Cruz (R – The Moon) leaves door open for restarting presidential bid

Former presidential candidate and current Zodiac Killer Ted Cruz isn’t ready to endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. Apparently, he isn’t even ready to endorse ending his own campaign.

In an interview with Glenn Beck earlier today, Cruz left the door open to getting back in the race for the Republican nomination if his supporters pretend he’s still running and deliver him a victory over Donald Trump in Nebraska.

As he said, quoted by The Hill, “We launched this campaign intending to win. The reason we suspended our campaign was that with the Indiana loss, I felt there was no path to victory. If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly.”

Setting aside for the moment that restarting Cruz’s presidential campaign would require re-hiring hundreds of staffers who have presumably packed up and gone on a much-needed vacation in the days since Cruz effectively fired them by suspending his campaign, the idea that Cruz could develop a plausible path to victory is laughable. Especially when one considers the fact that Cruz also ruled out the prospects of a convention fight or third-party bid in the same interview with Beck. Per Cruz, if he wins Nebraska he may consider it possible that he could re-emerge as a zombie candidate and win the nomination outright. On the first ballot. After having already conceded that Donald Trump won the race.

It’s hard to overstate how much of a fantasy that is.

It’s one thing to not be ready to support Donald Trump, even if you do support this mythical “Nominee” person that everyone keeps talking about. It’s another thing entirely to be so full of yourself that you believe you could run the table and win every contest after having dropped out. Politicians all have big egos — you can’t be a good candidate if you don’t think highly of yourself — but I didn’t quite appreciate exactly what Cruz’s Senate colleagues meant when they said that Cruz was monumentally arrogant, even by their standards, until now.

Christ, man. It’s over. Get over yourself.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • Snarki, child of Loki

    Cruz ain’t out while there’s still GRIFTIN’s to be got!

  • Bill_Perdue

    Poor thing, you confuse the lies of candidates and the promises of political appointees with deeds.

    Obama is a rebranded bigot who insured the passage of Prop 8. The Clintons are rabid bigots who’s rebranding only fools those so inclined. Beginning with DOMA and DADT they have a long history of bigotry.

    Your party, led by rebranded bigots, pigheadedly refuses to pass ENDA in spite of their promises. They refused to repeal DOMA.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJhQBZ1La0w

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OuPNjjfegg

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dY77j6uBHI

  • gratuitous

    Yeah, no differences. What a dweeb. If you honestly think Ed Meese, John Ashcroft, or Alberto Gonzales would ever say anything remotely close to this, you’d have a point besides the one on top of your pointy little head, but ya don’t:

    “Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself. Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”

  • Bill_Perdue

    That is exactly what millions will do, hilbot and even more millions will simply dismiss you and your Republican brothers and sister becasue there are no real differences between you and them.

  • That’s bullshit. What he doesn’t want to say (but that he and every other candidate knows as do most readers) is that suspending the campaign rather than ending it allows him to continue fundraising so he can pay off campaign debt incurred. Many candidates end their campaigns leaving behind a lot of unpaid bills and a great deal of ill will. I don’t think he really thinks he’s still going to get the nomination, but saying so while keeping the fundraising arm open would not look good to regulators. It’s a social lie that all candidates tell when they bow out of the race.

  • Ol’ Hippy

    Cruz presents the classic signs of a real sociopath; arrogant, ego, and most importantly, no conscience. Truly a frightening creature in a man’s disguise, he will do anything to get what he wants. Avoid at all costs.

  • gratuitous

    Well then, you should write in the candidate of your choice, you special little snowflake. That’ll learn ’em all!

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  • Skye Winspur

    I’m not so optimistic. As things look now the Democrats are likely to pick up only 2 Senate seats. Are you campaigning for a Democrat in Florida?

    http://uselectionatlas.org/POLLS/SENATE/2016/polls.php

  • Skye Winspur

    Cruz might be in the grip of a William Jennings Bryan fantasy (preacher from Nebraska, 3-time Democratic presidential nominee and fundamentalist, when the Republicans were the ‘PC liberal’ party). He is a history nerd through and through.

  • Demosthenes

    “When this dude says that God wants him to be president, he really means it.”

    Thus the reason he should never be president.

  • If this were someone other than Ted Cruz, I’d think so. But Ted Cruz isn’t a grifter the same way that Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee are. When this dude says that God wants him to be president, he really means it.

  • This is a rather creative use of the term “Dixiecrats.”

  • Demosthenes

    Relax. Take a chill pill.

  • Yeah, whatever. I’m just amazed you have nothing better to do than to continue to badger me on a comment of over a month ago– a comment that has had dozens of up votes, by the way.

  • Demosthenes

    @spam :-D

  • @troll ;-)

  • Bill_Perdue

    Staring failure in the face, Dixiecrats are getting hysterical.

  • Demosthenes

    All the mockery here is wrong! Cut it out! Perhaps not campaigning will enable Nebraska voters to forget how much they disliked Sen. Cruz. It’s the best strategy he’s concocted since he read Dr. Seuss in the Senate.

  • Phil in FLL

    Cut and paste Christianist bullshit: “The end is near!” (Of course, they keep revising the date.)

    The U.S. “marxist” equivalent cut-and-paste bullshit is similar: “The end is near! People will reject both parties [to be replaced by a one-party marxist government.]

    [Cut and paste…] The end is near! It will happen in 19692008201220162020… 2520…

    Christianist/marxist bullshit cut-and-paste and frequently revised predictions.

  • Sally

    The only hope for this country is a Democrat in the WH and us taking back Congress. It is amazing what Obama has accomplished despite to do-nothing noodle heads in charge of the House and Senate, but in order to get back to real growth, it has to be Democrats. I heard old lobbyist Grover on that liberal MSNBC this AM telling us that he fully expects to get a “I will not agree to any tax hikes” pledge from Trump any day now. Nice. No revenue again. How in heck can we fix out eater systems, roads, schools and still have money for the GOP;s precious war machine? Does Grover think, or just recite Ayn Rand mythology?

  • You sure it’s that, Jon, and not just the usual “I have suspended my campaign” in order not to run afoul of the campaign financing laws (weak as they are) which would otherwise prevent him from continuing to collect donations? I mean, just as there are reasons why it was a blunder for Jeb Bush to pre-announce his run — again related to campaign financing laws — it can be a mistake for any candidate before the convention to announce their campaign is officially over.

  • RobertInSF

    I seem to remember that when a campaign closes (actually admits they aren’t running anymore) that sets some sort of clocking ticking on accounting requirements and reconcilliation and closure. That means the money for the candidate stops flowing for their travel, new bills, etc.. By saying they are ‘suspended’ they can keep spending (?), or at least not having to close the financial books for the campaign.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Dixiecrats, Democrats and their Republican brothers and sisters all support wildly unpopular candidates and their joint policies of promoting poverty, racist wars of aggression, and border racism. Cruz is part of the Democrat-Dixiecrat-Republican clown car.

    The good news is that large and growing numbers of people will reject both parties. “Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in East Los Angeles on Cinco de Mayo, but not everyone in the Mexican-American community welcomed the Democratic presidential candidate.

    Hundreds of protesters (some estimated the count to be as high as 1,000) gathered at Belvedere Park and then marched to East Los Angeles College, two blocks away, where Clinton spoke to supporters at a rally that included an eight-piece mariachi band.

    According to radio station KPCC, the demonstration was organized by members of Unión del Barrio, an independent political group that also went to a recent rally for Donald Trump in Costa Mesa, Calif.http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/hillary_clinton_protesters_in_east_la_would_like_to_deport_her_20160510

    And there’s even more good news. “The Democratic primary will technically march on, but Hillary Clinton is almost certainly going to be her party’s nominee. Same with Donald Trump. And voters don’t appear thrilled at the prospect: Clinton and Trump are both more strongly disliked than any nominee at this point in the past 10 presidential cycles.”

    “These are people who don’t just like or dislike the candidates, they really like or dislike them. No past candidate comes close to Clinton, and especially Trump, in terms of engendering strong dislike a little more than six months before the election.” http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/americans-distaste-for-both-trump-and-clinton-is-record-breaking/ via Goddards Political wire

  • Phil in FLL

    Trump will reach 1237 delegates before the convention, winning the nomination outright. This is engraved in stone and will certainly become reality after the California primary. Ted Cruz and his delegates could make for a messy convention, however. Messy can be fun. Will the Republican Party split in two? National politics hasn’t been this much fun in a long time.

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