Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz this morning:
I suppose he couldn’t endorse Kasich without being laughed at even more considering Kasich got fewer votes in Arizona than Rubio.
Bush’s endorsement, which comes a little more than a month after he dropped out, can’t have much of an impact—he had very few supporters, and those who are still planning to participate in their state’s primary or caucus have probably already settled on Cruz or Kasich anyway.
Although I don’t think it to be true, there is the minuscule chance this could actually hurt Cruz, at least with those who cherish him as an anti-establishment constitutional conservative. And this also is bad for Jeb’s image, whatever shred of it might still be intact:
I know these things are planned in advance, but I wonder if Jeb felt foolish at all endorsing Cruz a day after he said this regarding the attack in Brussels:
Ted Cruz: Police need to ‘patrol and secure’ Muslim neighborhoods
Ted Cruz on Tuesday called for law enforcement to step up their policing of Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels, comparing it to police boosting their presence in areas with known gang activity.
“If you have a neighborhood where there’s a high level of gang activity, the way to prevent it is you increase the law enforcement presence there and you target the gang members to get them off the streets,” the Texas senator told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I’m talking about any area where there is a higher incidence of radical Islamic terrorism.”
Hmm. Okay. Can Cruz or anyone else name a single neighborhood that has a ‘higher incidence’—or, you know, any incidence—of radical Islamic terrorism? No? So what the hell would these patrols do?
Cruz knows this isn’t a viable plan. It’s not meant to be a viable plan. It’s meant to make his supporters think he’s strong against terrorism—which means being strong against law-abiding Muslims.
This is another blow to the GOP establishment. They’re so hell-bent on defeating Trump that they’re willing to throw their weight behind someone who might well be even more dangerous—but there’s at least the chance he can be controlled in a way Trump probably cannot.