Jeb Bush backs Cruz. Cruz takes heat.

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By Lynn Woolley

Ted Cruz can’t win. Oh, he has a mathematical chance to win the Republican nomination. But no matter what he does, or what issues he brings up, he gets grief – and much of it comes from his own supporters.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, does much worse things – but he’s immune to criticism from so-called conservatives that worship him.

Trump is a demagogue – you know – the “Lyin’ Ted” and “Little Marco” stuff that he spouts. But that’s just Donald! No problem! But if someone in the Cruz camp re-tweets something from CNN – that’s Cruz’s fault and Cruz is bad bad bad.

Or worse yet, if a member of the Bush family endorses him, Cruz is suddenly a card-carrying member of the Establishment. A lot of Establishment figures are trying to block Trump by endorsing Cruz. At this point in the election, it’s the only way Cruz can win.

 Senator Ted Cruz, left, and Jeb Bush at the Republican presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C., in January. (Photo: Eric Thayer for The New York Times)

Senator Ted Cruz, left, and Jeb Bush at the Republican presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C., in January. (Photo: Eric Thayer for The New York Times)

Cruz is NOT a Bushie and he is NOT going to put Jeb! on the ticket.

There is a collective madness among conservatives. Many started out loving on Cruz. Cruz was the man. Dependable. Honest. Principled. But he is no longer the man in many circles. On today’s Rush Limbaugh Show, a man called in to say he’s listened to Rush for 25 years, he’s a strong conservative, he started this election cycle as a Cruz supporter, but Cruz is being co-opted from “the inside” by the Republican Establishment.

Say what?

Excuse me for saying so, but this guy needs psychiatric help. As Limbaugh patiently explained, Ted Cruz is NOT becoming part of the Establishment. They still despise him. Cruz is, however, a Republican and he will reform the party without demolishing it. Of two perceived evils, the Establishment believes that Cruz is the best choice to maintain an organized party that has always been the opposition to liberal Democrats.

Cruz cannot win without them – and without some of their money. He cannot self-finance his campaign as Trump can. He is a traditional candidate – as all of them have been in my lifetime with the twin exceptions of Trump and Ross Perot. Bloomberg would have self-financed. Is that what we want? An Oval Office that is available only to people who have upwards of $5 billion in their checking accounts?

Cruz is not in bed with Neil or Jeb or any other Bush.

He simply needs campaign cash — and they have a talent for bringing it in by the bushel load. But suddenly, the win-at-any cost crowd is now the pure-as-the-driven-snow crowd. Let me repeat: Cruz cannot win without some Establishment support and endorsements and without big donor money. If Cruz does not win, he cannot reform the party and change the Status Quo.

What Bush said.

Bush does not believe that Trump will be good for America. He wants to block Trump. He despises Cruz, but realizes that only Cruz can stop Trump. And so he issued this statement:

“Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests. Washington is broken, and the only way Republicans can hope to win back the White House and put our nation on a better patch is to support a nominee who can articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential.”

That’s tepid; not exactly a ringing endorsement. But Bush can bring votes, even though he was not a great candidate. The Establishment did not become entrenched by having no support.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush is not the devil. By all accounts, he was a good governor for Florida and did some very conservative things. My opposition to him was based on three things: 1. His immigration policy was awful. 2. His status as a member of a family dynasty disqualified him. 3. He would not have challenged the Status Quo.

Ted Cruz has an excellent immigration policy; he is not part of a dynasty; he has already challenged the Status Quo. Added to that, he understands the threat of radical Islam.

Cruz may not survive vitriol from the Mainstream Media and from his own “supporters.”

While Obama was in Cuba doing “the wave” at a baseball game, Cruz was talking policy about Islam – suggesting that we should keep a watchful eye on Muslim areas within our country. (He may have been referring to radical mosques, but of course, that’s not something it’s PC to discuss.)

Cruz is right on target. 

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the bombings in Brussels during remarks March 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 22: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the bombings in Brussels during remarks March 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

It is not discrimination to be wary when certain mosques are radicalizing people and when we’ve had a number of jihadist incidents inside the USA, most recently in San Bernardino. But for that, Cruz has already been branded as intolerant by CAIR, the Anti-Defamation League, and various imams. Cruz is making sense. (As Rush asked on today’s show – who was it, again, that flew planes into the World Trade center? We’re supposed to forget about all that.)

But the Dallas Morning News ran a front-page story headlined:

Cruz calls for securing ‘Muslim Neighborhoods’

The story, written by Todd J. Gillman, continued inside on page 13A with the headline:

Cruz accused of bigotry

This is typical of the media. It is NOT typical of conservatives.

On Rush Limbaugh’s show today, he seemed exasperated by all this. So am I.

I don’t know if I’m “in the tank” for Cruz, but I interviewed him on a regular basis when he was running for his senate seat, and became very impressed with his unrelenting conservatism. I saw something in him then than was different from day-to-day politicians like John Cornyn and Mitt Romney. I thought that he might have a chance to move up and maybe even run for president someday.

That day came earlier than I expected. Cruz has essentially performed a miracle getting to where he is in the campaign based on how many people hate him. Let’s see, there are Trump, the Mainstream Media, liberals, CAIR, imams, the Anti-Defamation League and his own supporters.

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