Jeff Mobley brings to our attention this interesting piece in National Review, “Ten Reasons Moderates Should Vote for Ted Cruz.” It’s by a guy named Dan McLaughlin.
Jeff makes these observations:
From reason nine of Ten Reasons Moderates Should Vote for Ted Cruz:
“Ted Cruz loves the Constitution like a fat kid loves cake, like a dog loves a tennis ball, like Donald Trump loves the sound of his own name.”
Reasons four and six were somewhat interesting. I hadn’t really thought about reason six before.
And it is an interesting piece, which raises some points many of us may not have thought about. In the end, though, for me, it fails to persuade. That’s because the list assumes, since you’re reading National Review, that you are a Republican and think like one. It’s not aimed at independents who just want the best (or least bad) candidate to win, regardless of party.
Here are the 10 reasons:
- One: This Election Is Too Important to Punt.
- Two: Only Ted Cruz Can Stop Donald Trump.
- Three: Ted Cruz Might Beat Hillary Clinton; Donald Trump Won’t.
- Four: Ted Cruz Knows What He’s Doing.
- Five: The Republican Party Can Survive Losing with Ted Cruz.
- Six: Ted Cruz Won’t Rest until He Gets His Shot.
- Seven: You Can Live with Ted Cruz and His Supporters.
- Eight: Ted Cruz Might Be the Man to Tame Trumpism.
- Nine: Ted Cruz Loves the Constitution.
- Ten: President Cruz Would Be More Responsible Than You Think.
Before you consider my objections to some of them, go read the explanations. Some of them are pretty good.
And here are my objections, based on my UnParty perspective:
- One: All elections are too important to punt, but this one is no more so than others. This assertion is based in the Republican assumption that “Twelve years of Democratic control of the White House, with its expansive powers and massive cultural footprint, is intolerable.” No, it isn’t. It’s no worse than 12 years of GOP control.
- Two: You know I disagree with the thinking here, but we’ve been over that again and again…
- Three: Again, defeating Hillary Clinton is only a desired thing if the one defeating her would make a better president. Hillary is a mess, and with all her baggage is not someone that a reasonable, objective, nonpartisan person would actually want to become president. But she’s far more likely to govern from a pragmatic center, relatively free of unbending ideology, than Cruz. The Republicans only have one candidate left who would be a better deal as president, and that’s Kasich.
- Five: I don’t care about the Republican Party surviving, not if it thinks its only choices are Trump and Cruz.
- Seven: Basically, the argument here is We Republicans are used to dealing with people like Cruz supporters, so it won’t be so painful. Speak for yourselves, GOP.
- Eight: The argument here is that Trump and Cruz have enough in common that Cruz could take Trumpism and channel it for good. The trouble is, their areas of agreement are some of the worst things about both of them. Dealbreaker after dealbreaker, ladies.
- Nine: Yes, he does love the Constitution, and at least knows a lot about it, which distinguishes him sharply from Trump. I love the Constitution, too. But I noticed something a number of years back: Political candidates who go on and on and on and on about the Constitution quite frequently have some eccentric ideas about that same document. They see unconstitutionality everywhere they look. But folks, most political disagreement isn’t between the constitutional and the unconstitutional; it’s between options that represent different ways to go within the framework of constitutionality.
- Ten: Yeah… tell me another one.
Anyway, as you can see from all that typing I just did, at least the piece made me think. Maybe it will do the same for you…