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July 21, 2016

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Zoltan Harvic

" . . . so it seems pretty certain that he was also jockeying for a future intra-party advantage."

Uh, sure, Steve.

And irreparably torching how many bridges with the GOP base in the process?

Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King

Cruze, a cheap Chevy.

PaulB

A very silly argument. Do you think Bernie should do the same to position himself for the 2020 race?

anon

A Chevy Cruze? No! Three bills for a simple b&e and everybody has got to go get a grease pen to put on the board showing monthly performance while the job fair attendees wait to sell attorney time to Illinois deadbeats who don't want to pay. THey think this kind of talent comes for free! Toyota is up. In Indiana Mickey is not selling the Fords. Sales! Wait, my phone is ringing. Ms. wants steak for dinner but I am eating leftovers and reflecting on Spinoza's axioms. My wit is getting a lot of attention here. Just wait till I unleash my best stuff. I love to waste others time and I tend to eat a lot of beans before attending public events. Maybe you'll try to shut me down. Fun!!!!

J 1

Another possibility: Trump loses by a whisker and Cruz is blamed. Four years of Clinton might make Ted look bad.

Enrique Guerra Pujol

What about Senator Cruz's "solemn pledge" to support the nominee of the Republican Party, including Trump?

Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King

The only thing Chevy Cruze ever did was delay my 2013 tax refund during his filibuster to not raise the debt ceiling. As a schlepper lawyer, I really needed the money to pay my student loan.

Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King

anon at 3:38:

Yes, crudely put, but essentially correct. If one really thinks about and considers what a lawyer like me does everyday. I put on a suit in the morning, drive to the courthouse and wave and strut my arms to a prosecutor and tap dance before a judge. I hawk "bullshit" to Illinois deadbeats. I really have "nothing" and try to make something from that nothing to pay my IBR. You are doubly right. Getting three bills from those "deadbeats" is the most difficult part of the practice by far....The line between ethical conduct and extortion to earn a living is very thin.... Thanks for reading my good stuff....

anon

Delusions are the coin of the realm.

Bernie Burk

To PaulB, 7/21 at 1:51 p.m.:

I am not positioning myself for the 2020 race.

--Bernie

anon

Bernie Burk

That's a relief!

PaulB

Bernie,

Sorry to hear that. I'm already worried about who's going to be running that year as well!

twbb

"while Trump’s endorsers will have to explain their support for his unorthodox positions on NATO, free trade, and the “big tent.” "

If they're not being forced to explain their support now, I'm not sure why you think they'll be forced to explain it in the future.

anon

I think it was a miscalculation. Even if Trump loses, his followers remain a large part of the party. The intelligentsia of the Republican Party hate Cruz no matter what. If he wants to win in 2020 or beyond, he will need a large swath of Trump voters. He basically admitted this early in the campaign when he refused to criticize Trump. Even if Trump loses, Cruz will be seen as a traitor to Trump voters. Your calculation bets that these voters will "see the light" and change position due to either a failed Trump presidential bid, or a failed Trump presidency. Considering that Republican voters rewarded Republicans in 2010 even after what was seen as a failed Bush presidency in both the economy and foreign policy, your assumptions seem doubtful.

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