Sunday, November 27, 2016

3 Reasons Trump Could Put Cruz on the Supreme Court

Brian Snyder/Reuters
On the list of surprising visitors calling on president-elect Donald Trump last week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas ranks right up there with alleged Secretary of State candidate Mitt Romney.
While Romney who called Trump a “phony” and talked openly about derailing his candidacy during the campaign had an actual job attached to the meeting with his former nemesis on Saturday, Cruz’s visit was billed as more of a drop-by.
It’s true that after the name-calling between Cruz and Trump (who tagged him “Lyin’ Ted’) during the primary campaign; after Trump’s derogatory comments about Cruz’s wife; after Trump’s suggestion that Cruz’s father had a role in the JFK assassination; and after Cruz neglected to endorse Trump at the Republican National convention, they did in the end come together. In September, Cruz finally endorsed Trump and campaigned for him.
And a year earlier, before the primary season got ugly, Trump and Cruz held a joint rally in Washington to oppose a nuclear deal with Iran. “There is a little romance between us,” Trump told reporters as Cruz was speaking. However, after all that went down, no one can accuse them of being anything more than politically expedient allies – which means there was a reason for Cruz to pop into transition central at Trump Tower.
That reason, a betting person might wager, was the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
While the Texas senator’s name does not appear on the list of 21 potential Supreme Court candidates that Trump released at the end of September and that he has called “definitive,” there are at least three factors that argue for a Cruz nomination. ...
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