That little procedural hissy fit on the convention floor was the last stand of the #NeverTrump bunch. We all know what they wanted to try to do: They wanted to try to change the rules so that all delegates could vote their “conscience” on the first ballot, and this is of course predicated on the silly notion that none of the delegates, especially the ones assigned for Trump based on state primary and caucus results, are voting for Trump because of their conscience. It must be because Trump is holding their elderly mothers hostage in the basement of Trump Tower. Meanwhile, so goes the stupid conventional wisdom, everyone’s conscience is telling them to vote for one of the other contenders this year.
And that leads me to my point.
After this last stand, the North Dakota and Colorado delegations walked off the floor.
Remember, both those states were Ted Cruz states.
Which makes me think that Cruz himself was directing all of this from the background. And why wouldn’t he? This isn’t exactly atypical of him — He’s the one who tried to lawyer his way around and worm his way into the delegate selection and apportionment process in a number of states. However, even if Cruz himself isn’t doing it, just the fact that his supporters are doing it on his behalf does not positively accrue in a PR sense to Cruz personally. People make assessments of politicians and candidates based on the behavior, sometimes the antics, of his or her supporters, even if the candidate is personally the antithesis of those actions. Archetype: Ron Paul. It’s not as if Ted Cruz doesn’t already and personally have a reputation for being an ideological purist mashed up with a looksatme showboater, and that’s the way his supporters came off with their little stunt yesterday, and should they make good on their promise to walk off the floor en masse when the formal nomination roll call happens, that will be even more the case.
If Cruz really wants to have a national future, he should have told his people to knock it off, he should have ordered them not to try anything like this before the convention started. That his people did and will probably continue to do these things, proves that he really learned much of anything from the spring, and also means he won’t have a national future.
Also, whether or not Cruz personally had anything to do with it, but just for the fact that his people did, reflecting badly on Cruz himself, if I was Trump or Manafort whispering in Trump’s ear, I’d pull Cruz off the speakers list. Payback for the minor embarrassment and hissy fit.