THEY HATE CRUZ AS MUCH IF NOT MORE THAN THEY HATE TRUMP
Frantic back-room strategy sessions by Republican donors. Intense and lengthy conference calls among consultants. Collaboration among think tanks and activists. Open-letters featured on conservative websites warning about a coming apocalypse. Ads questioning his personal life, political bona fides, business acumen, and character are running in every key primary state.
The anti-Trump forces are hard at work, well-financed, and feel like they have the frontrunner centered in their political cross-hairs. The effort is propelled not only by supporters of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but also by independent organizations such as the Club for Growth and America Rising.
While the #NeverTrump brigade is kicking up lots of dust and undoubtedly shaving support from the frontrunner in the midst of this critical primary stretch, one wonders—to what end? The recent Washington Times headline read: “Anti-Trump lobby admits it has no end-goal.”
A casual observer of politics may surmise that the big donors who supported Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, now mobilizing against Trump, are certain to rally behind the only other man with a delegate stash — Ted Cruz. This is an unwise assumption.