It took months of soul-searching, but finally Sen. Ted Cruz has remembered he doesn't have one.
After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. [...]
A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I am honoring that commitment.
Ted Cruz, you will recall, nearly fomented a riot when he gave a speech at the Republican National Convention that conspicuously omitted any endorsement of Trump. Ted Cruz spent the waning days of his own presidential run pointing out—accurately, to his credit—that Donald J. Trump was an "utterly amoral" "pathological liar." He considered Trump's asinine suppositions that Cruz's father was involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination, and Trump's posting of an unflattering picture of Cruz's wife, to be unforgivable, as was Trump's still-unspecified threat to "spill the beans" about his wife. Some things were beyond politics, and Ted Cruz was willing to stake his name and reputation on the core belief that Donald Trump was utterly unfit to be president of the United States.
But yada yada Hillary Clinton, and the Supreme Court, and OBAMACARE!!!, according to his endorsement post, and now Ted Cruz is willing to move past the insults to his family and the clear and obvious amorality of the pathological liar and do whatever the hell he thinks the voters want to hear this week. He tried so hard to have a principle. He tried so very hard—all of his stated reasons for supporting Trump now also existed on the evening he so publicly refused to support him.
What's changed? How's Ted Cruz justifying his very, very belated switcher?
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For some time, I have been seeking greater specificity on this issue, and today the Trump campaign provided that, releasing a very strong list of potential Supreme Court nominees — including Sen. Mike Lee, who would make an extraordinary justice — and making an explicit commitment to nominate only from that list.
And Ted Cruz believes Donald Trump, the amoral pathological liar, because Ted Cruz really, really needs a hook to hang this new hat on. And we all believe Ted Cruz on this one, right? Because Ted Cruz, too, is an honorable man.
(For the record, Donald Trump previously stated that if he received Ted Cruz's endorsement, he would not accept it. But then again, Donald Trump is a pathological liar, so...)