Senator Ted Cruz has led a government shutdown, takes pride in being despised in Washington, and until recently had zero supporters among his Senate colleagues. On the issues, he is unyielding: This week he called for security patrols in Muslim neighborhoods in the United States.
But now the Texas archconservative, once dismissed as a fringe player, has a prominent new role: the groom in a marriage of convenience with a desperate GOP establishment.
Heading into a crucial primary showdown in Wisconsin April 5, mainstream Republicans find themselves having to rally behind Cruz’s bid for the presidency as the only way to deny Donald Trump the party nomination.
At stake in this plot, rich with irony, is the future of the Republican Party.
“There’s that old saying that politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, this is probably the strangest of them all,” said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who worked on the campaign of the 2012 nominee, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, but is now unaligned.
Romney, who is leading a crusade against Trump, said he voted for Cruz in the Utah primary on Tuesday. Jeb Bush, whose own presidential campaign flamed out in South Carolina, endorsed Cruz this week. Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Cruz’s top critics who last month joked that no one would care if Cruz were murdered on the Senate floor, even hosted a fund-raiser for his onetime rival at a Washington saloon on Monday, raising more than $200,000.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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