Cruz Disses Trump, Looks To 2020

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who has been praised in the Anglo-Jewish and Israeli media as a strong supporter of the Jewish state, declared "America stands with Israel" to loud cheers from the convention floor, but didn't expand on the topic.  

Ted Cruz had earlier called the Obama administration "anti-Israel."  And former Speaker Newt Gingrich pursued the campaign theme of inciting fear of the imminent threat of radical Islamist terrorists, told the crowd, “In Israel … average citizens fear for their lives whenever they leave their homes.”

Pence gave a rousing speech laying fault for all the problems of the nation and the world directly on the shoulders of Hillary Clinton, mentioning Barack Obama almost in passing at times.  And he assured listeners that Donald Trump will make everything right. 

But the big story of the evening was Cruz demonstrating once again why he is the most reviled member of the U.S. Senate.

Cruz got his revenge on Donald Trump this evening for having insulted his wife, Heidi, and trying to tie his father, Raphael, to the JFK assassination.

He told the Republican conventioneers and the rest of the country to  "vote your conscience." He was roundly booed. 

Interestingly that was the same advice that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) gave House Republicans last month. But as chairman of the  convention he was, at least personally, a Trump cheerleader.

The Cruz debacle was another demonstration of the "ineptitude" of the Trump team for failing the get Cruz to endorse the nominee in exchange for giving him such a choice speaking slot, said Steve Schmidt, a Republican political analyst and campaign strategist.

What was Cruz thinking?  Trump is going down big time and I don't want to be tied to him so I can run in 2020 as the 'I told you so' candidate.

CNN reporter Teddy Schleifer tweeted that sources told him "Ted Cruz was turned away from Sheldon Adelson's suite today after his rebuke of Trump."

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.