If anyone thought that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas was cowed by the boos he experienced the night before and the physical threats against his wife for his refusing to endorse Donald Trump, they might want to think again. Cruz met with the Texas delegation and expanded on the nonendorsement. He said that he declined to be a “servile puppy dog” to the man who had attacked his wife and father.

A great many Republicans, including Cruz’s former friend Sarah Palin, are yelping that he has reneged on his given pledge to support the Republican nominee.

Cruz suggested that the personal attacks had abrogated that promise. Red State also points out that Donald Trump himself had revoked that agreement months ago.

Some are speculating that Cruz’s performance on the third night of the convention was a calculated ploy to position himself for 2020 if Trump loses in November. But Cruz must be able to read the same polls that everyone else can, that Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck and neck and that Clinton is wildly unpopular. Trump could win, which leaves Cruz out in the wilderness in the Senate more than he already is.

The stand might even place Cruz’s re-election chances in 2018 in peril if President Trump decides to be vengeful.

Cruz is one of those politicians whom one hardly ever sees, a man who will stand on principle and will not budge from that position, no matter what the political consequences. All of what Cruz has done, including the government shutdown and attacking his fellow Republicans, stems from this salient fact.

Winston Churchill may have been the last statesman who was so unbending.

A lot of Cruz’s fellow Republicans are, no doubt, exasperated with Cruz. They agree with Cruz that Trump has a slew of character flaws and that he is, to say the least, unreliable. But they have endorsed Trump anyway, seeing in him the path to political power and a way to stop Hillary Clinton, a person of pure evil, from being elected.

Some may have convinced themselves that Trump will grow in office and take good advice.

With some apologies to Robert Bolt, one can imagine one of those Republicans, say, Marco Rubio, confronting Ted Cruz and saying, “--look at these names! Why can't you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!”

Cruz, like Sir Thomas More, would look at his friend sadly and respond, “And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?”

Cruz may never become president for his unbending stand on principle, mores the pity.

The again, Donald Trump could execute an unexpected twist. He could apologize during his acceptance speech. But then he would not be Trump if he were to do that.

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