Swallowing my vomit to vote for Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz is the worst. Or maybe the second worst after Donald Trump. This has been the debate in the Republican party for the last few months - which of these guys is more disastrous? As far as my vote today in the Indiana primary, it doesn’t really matter which one is worse, because there’s only one chance to stop either of them - a contested convention.
If Trump wins today, he’ll almost certainly reach the magic number of delegates necessary to win the nomination on the first ballot at the convention. If Cruz wins, he’ll be hard pressed to get there and the delegates at the convention will be free to nominate someone else on subsequent ballots. I hope that will be John Kasich, but there are at least 20 other perfectly reasonable options.
Lots of pundits, and even many party leaders, are warning of the dangers of a contested convention. They warn that it will ‘tear the party apart’. So what? If either Trump or Cruz are the GOP nominee, I instantly become a card carrying Libertarian, anyway. They whine about how the eventual nominee will never win back the Trump voters. I could care less. I would rather see a respectable nominee lose gracefully than see the party turned over to the angry, pitch fork-wielding, “they took ehr jerbs” wing once and for all.
If Ted Cruz wins Indiana today, the contested convention will be on, and we can finally start having the right conversation about who can best lead our country.