Ted Cruz speaks at convention, but refuses to endorse Trump

Ted Cruz, who came in second to Donald Trump, was given a speaking slot at the convention, in the name of party unity.  Cruz gave a speech, but he did not endorse Trump.  

Cruz told his listeners to “vote your conscience.”  The crowd booed him loudly.  Another convention stage-managing fail.  And a major fail in achieving party unity. [Read more…]

Cruz quits the race!

Ted Cruz has dropped out of the presidential race!  Donald Trump and John Kasich are the only ones standing, but the nomination is now Trump’s. [Read more…]

Cruz’s chances are hurt by Republicans who can’t stand him

Ted Cruz’s efforts to win the Republican nomination in smoke-filled rooms are complicated by the fact that so many of his colleagues in the party just can’t stand him.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner went so far to call him “Lucifer in the flesh” and that he had “never worked with a more miserable s__ of a b____ in my life.”  Boehner said that he would vote for Trump before he would vote for Cruz.  Now, just days after his own people announced an alliance with John Kasich, Cruz is denying any such alliance, leading the Kasich people to denounce him as a “liar.”  A story on how Cruz made so many enemies after the jump. [Read more…]

Ted Cruz picks Carly Fiorina for Vice President

Ted Cruz took the step of choosing a running-mate before the convention:  Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO whose own campaign for the GOP nomination ended, despite some good debate performances.

Do you think this will matter to Cruz’s chances for winning the Republican nomination?  And if he does, for winning the election?

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Is Ted Cruz a theocrat?

Ted Cruz is shaping up to be the main alternative to Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.  No one doubts that he is a thorough, consistent conservative.  He is also a vocal Christian.  But some of what he says makes many Christians, not to mention virtually all secularists, leery.

Some say he is a “dominionist,” a Christian who desires to set up the United States as a theocracy, adopting the Bible, with its Levitical code, as the law of the land.  Or, if he doesn’t go that far, he sounds like a civil religion advocate, seeing America as a Christian country, while reducing Christianity to generic moralism and nation-worship.  Both positions raise severe theological problems.

Are you bothered by any of this?  Do you think Cruz holds either of these positions?  After the jump, a link to a helpful article on the subject.

UPDATE:  A great discussion has broken out over on the World Table tab.  The default, along with the number of comments shown, will be Disqus.  But we may want to go back and forth until the transition is complete.

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Cruz’s successful campaign for delegates

Not all states have either primaries or caucuses.  Colorado, North Dakota, and Wyoming–as well as the territories of Guam and American Samoa–simply have local and state party Republican conventions to choose their delegates, who then can vote for whomever they want to.   That was the way it used to be, when parties chose their candidates instead of turning that job over to the public, often including non-party members.  There are 112 delegates like this, enough to make a difference in a close vote in the national convention.  (See  Unbound Delegates Could Hold Key to Stopping Trump at Convention | RealClearPolitics.)

Well, Colorado has gone through that process and has given all of its 34 delegates to Cruz, whose organization has been targeting not just primary or caucus voters but the actual delegates who will be going to Cleveland.  (Wyoming Democrats do have a caucus.  Bernie Sanders won.)

In another coup, Cruz is being successful in electing his supporters as delegates from South Carolina.  As the local conventions unfold, a process which will take months, Cruz has jumped to a big lead already.  (See this and this.)

In the primary, Trump won all 50 of South Carolina’s vote.  By law, the delegation has to vote for him on the first ballot.  But after that, if Trump fails to get a majority, the delegation is likely to change their votes, en masse, to Cruz.  (Does that bother you?)

Cruz is winning similar delegate victories in Iowa, Michigan, and Indiana.

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