Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18
Today, we as one people come together not to mourn a loss but instead to celebrate it. Ted Cruz’s campaign died last night after Donald Trump’s campaign delivered the killing blow in Indiana.
Regardless of whether we like the man, we have to admire his tenacity. Even after being dragged screaming into the muck, he continued to fight the unwinnable fight until the very end.
Nobody in this race was more thoroughly disliked than Cruz, who failed to gain support from any of his fellow republicans.
“If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you,” said Lindsay Graham, a former Republican candidate.
After Trump made comments about Cruz’s wife, Cruz fired back on public television telling a reporter that he would not have to support Trump if he were to lose, and that he was going to take the nomination for himself.
Pride goes before the fall, as they say. We will all surely wait for what Cruz is going to say next to find out whether he will announce his support and eat his words.
The worst part for Cruz is that he has been reaching for this his entire political career. He acted with ruthless abandon and the idea that it would be worth it in the end, but at the final hour, the product of his own anti-establishment rhetoric snatched away his prize. The only thing left for him now is the fall.
I doubt that history will remember him any more than they remembered Ed Muskie, but at least he will serve as a footnote on the long list of Trump’s conquests. However, this failed campaign teaches a lesson to those of us watching.
If you want to beat Trump, you cannot be dragged to his level, because he will beat you every time and laugh while he does it.