46 long, dark nights for America: An unwelcome encore

by awindram

​Forty-six long, dark nights to go.

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Hillary Clinton just lost every Republican she ever had, including Never Trump, all farmers & sm. biz, by saying she’ll tax estates at 65%.”

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “Charlotte should release police video of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting without delay. We must ensure justice & work to bridge divides.”

Daily election article of interest: Why Fascism is the Wave of the Future (pertinent essay from1994 that the London Review of Book brought out from their archives.)

Ted Cruz was newsworthy again today. As his name flashed up on my phone thanks to CNN’s breaking news notifications – what a revoltingly 2016 thing to write that is – I found myself struggling to recall the full depth of my feelings on Cruz. Hadn’t my final thoughts been mixed? Now, as we all find ourselves entranced by the Trump – Clinton death embrace, Cruz seems like a dinosaur from a previous political age – an oddity long presumed extinct. A Bob DODOle, if you will. 

Perhaps my memory is prosopagnostic because even his features seemed dim – it was like trying to recall a long-dead relative.

And really, I wish he had stayed in the some nearly unforgotten past of this campaign. Instead Cruz has reemerged to give Trump – a man who has insulted the looks of Cruz’s impressive-in-her-own-right wife and claimed his father possibly had something to do with JFK’s assassination – his endorsement. 

I had thought the refusal to endorse Trump at the GOP convention as being politically smart. A move that could leave Cruz well placed in 2020 – the purity candidate who hadn’t fallen for Trump’s hucksterism.  Butt I had also thought there been something honorable in his speech to the GOP conference? The way he had refused to play along in the coronation of a clown – it made him seem almost – I stress, almost- likeable. Now it seems all for naught.

Cruz writes that Trump, whom he had previously described as a “sniveling coward”, is the better option for President as Clinton cannot be allowed to implement all her policies, which is an argument that somewhat underplays Cruz’s achievements in showing precisely how obstructionist Congress and the Senate can be when it comes to a President’s plans.

Perhaps, as some are reporting, the pressure from some of Cruz’s main financial backers who are also heavily behind Trump wanted lyin’ Ted to fall in step.  The thought is that Cruz may be best drifting away again and become once again an opaque election memory.