Ted Cruz spent years preparing to run for president.
He build a truly impressive grassroots organization. He dutifully set himself up as the defender of the conservative movement. He distanced himself from the Beltway Republicans and was a bomb-thrower in the US Senate.
He used technology and data to identify and speak to millions of GOP voters about the issues that they cared about the most. Everything was going swimmingly. Last summer, many thoughtful election observers predicted that he would be the nominee despite his relatively low poll numbers up to that point. Then Donald Trump happened.
When Trump swept across the southern states. picking up delegates and defeating Cruz in what should have been the heart of his support base, he stuck a dagger in the back of Cruz’s carefully laid plans.
Obviously bitter, the Cruz campaign is now laying blame for his ultimate defeat to Trump. And who do they blame?
CNN has the story…
Republican officials who oppose Donald Trump as their party nominee have spent the last few days — ever since the withdrawal from the race of Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — wondering if there is anything they could have done to prevent this outcome.