With Sen Ted Cruz now the only person who stands between the Republican Party and the disaster that would be a Donald Trump nomination, Cruz’s fellow senators have started to mobilize. However, Sens. John Cornyn, John Thune, and Orrin Hatch have suggested that Cruz needs to repair the bridges he has burned between himself and the other members of the Senate Republican Caucus. Particularly he needs to apologize to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling him a liar on the floor of the Senate.


Two possibilities come to mind.

The first and most likely possibility is that the senators are indeed clueless about why Cruz is so popular among the Republican electorate. Cruz has gotten a lot of primary votes largely because he has bucked the Senate. They like the fact that Cruz was partly responsible for the government shutdown over defunding Obamacare. They detest most of his fellow senators as a group of linguini spined squishes who will bend the knee to President Obama but who will abuse the very people who elected them.

The other possibility is that the senators know these things and that the demand for an apology is a clever ploy to spark a confrontation with Cruz, thus raising his popularity among the electorate in the remaining primary states. Cruz is obliging by refusing to “go on bended knee” with his hat in his hand to grovel before McConnell merely to promote unity against Trump. If anything, McConnell and the rest of the Senate leadership needs to apologize to Cruz.

Ted Cruz knows who has the whip hand in this situation.


The alternative to appeasing Cruz is to accept Donald Trump as the nominee, which most polling suggests that a Trump nomination would be an epic disaster for the GOP. Also, attempting to foist a “compromise candidate” such as Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan would blow up the national convention and would drive Cruz and Trump together to oppose it.

Like it or not, the Republican Party establishment is stuck with Ted Cruz, because he is their only hope. Cruz will be the party who will define the terms of the relationship, not the other way around.