U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz wanted to “shake up” the Republican Party presidential primary contest.
So, what does he do?
He selects a former fellow GOP candidate, a failed U.S. Senate candidate and (some would say) a failed business executive as his vice-presidential running mate.
Welcome back to the battle, Carly Fiorina.
I don’t have a clue how this will catapult Cruz to the GOP nomination at this stage of the primary campaign.
Donald J. Trump scored a five-state sweep Tuesday. He took several big steps toward cinching the party nomination. So, his main rival picks a has-been candidate to shore up his failing bid?
I’m going to give Fiorina some praise. I thought she was the best candidate of all the then-large GOP crowd during that first debate. When was that again? I can’t remember.
She was on the so-called “happy hour” roster of candidates who didn’t fare as well in public opinion polling as the leaders. I thought she killed it with her crisp answers and command of the facts.
I’m still trying to figure out how she gets past her failed effort at being elected senator from California and her forced resignation as head of Hewlett-Packard.
That initial debate performance was her high-water mark, as near as I can tell.
This is the first time in 40 years that a major-party presidential candidate has named a running mate in advance of the party convention. The last one to do so was former California Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1976, when he picked moderate GOP U.S. Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania. Reagan still fell short in his effort to topple President Ford in his bid for election that year.
I cannot fathom how this derails Trump.
At least Cruz has enlisted a fearless and ferocious critic of Hillary Clinton.
Come to think of it, that might be Cruz’s strategy: soften up Hillary for Trump.
Before you think that’s an utterly preposterous notion, then consider that Donald J. Trump is about to become the presidential nominee of a once-great American political party.