Let me start by saying that I consider Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who suspended his campaign for president last night, to be a stellar human being representative of everything that is good and righteous in this world:
- Family Values √
- Quality Spouse/Father/Man √
- Believer of Law and Order √
- Supporter of States’ Rights √
- Defender of Truth √
- Politeness/Tact/Respectability √
That said, he lost the presidential race fair and square and subsequently stepped out with honor and dignity, thus leaving only one legitimate candidate left, unless of course you consider Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign to be legitimate, in which case I recommend you schedule an appointment with frequent Fox News’ guest Dr. Keith Ablow ASAP.
But like National Review’s Jim Gerahty pointed out in today’s super-classified Little Orphan Annie Secret Society-grade “Morning Jolt” (available only via the newsletter, apparently), Trump still loses to Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton in most general election match-ups:
[A recent] CNN/ORC poll, completed ahead of Trump’s victory last night, found Clinton leads 54 percent to 41 percent, a 13-point edge over the New York businessman, her largest lead since last July.
Overall, voters are evenly split on their opinion of Clinton — 49 percent see her favorably and the same share unfavorably. But a decidedly larger group (56 percent) see Trump unfavorably than see him favorably (41 percent).
This means two things.
First, Trump must up his rhetorical game so as to enhance his poor favorability ratings and pull more independents, disenchanted Democrats and “Never Trump” types into his camp. How exactly can he do this? I don’t know; I’m not a friggen professional. Ask Jonah Goldberg or something!
Second, and more importantly, the “Never Trump” crowd, including Goldberg and Gerahty, need to stop talking so much shit about the guy. I understand their frustrations with him, but if even hardcore Christians are willing to put aside their ideological differences with the guy, then I think “Never Trump” types should be willing to do the same.
Speaking of which, check out what former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (the same guy who stood up for Kim Davis) wrote this morning about Trump (H/T Conservative Tribune):
I will be all in to help him defeat Hillary Clinton and I call upon all fellow Republicans to unite in defeating Hillary and abandoning and repudiating the hapless “Never Trump” nonsense …
Is Donald Trump as pro-life as me? No. Is he as solid on the marriage issue as me? No. Does his position on Israel come from a deep conviction both politically and Biblically? No …
But does that really matter in the long-run? NO!
We will go to Cleveland with a presumptive nominee, and we will realize that whatever squabbles we have among people in the GOP, it’s nothing compared to the chasm between us and the socialist, big government approach of the Democrats.
With the primary elections pretty much out of the way and Trump guaranteed to be the nominee, every single Republican therefore needs to coalescence around him and use every opportunity granted to boost his public image by highlighting his positives.
Of course, our ability to do this relies heavily on the front-runner candidate’s own capability to speak rationally and with poise and intellect, meaning in turn that from here on out, it would be very helpful to us, Mr. Trump, if you stopped saying stupid things like this:
Talk about an epically short train ride … *facepalm*
Image H/T The Trump Train