Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to Unite for Rally

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to Unite for Rally

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to Unite for Rally

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Politics makes for strange bedfellows.” Considering that with the presence of Donald Trump the Republican race for the White House has become certainly strange and unpredictable, and now it will feature two candidates uniting for an event in September.

Donald Trump announced today at a press conference in South Carolina that he and Ted Cruz will be holding a joint rally to protest Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Short of a national emergency, such as the attacks on 9/11, I can’t recall when two political rivals ever united in a common cause. But then again, I can’t recall a Presidential race as capricious as this one has been.

The rally will be held on Capitol Hill’s west lawn on September 9, and is being organized by the Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy, and the Zionist Organization of America. Cruz is set to be the keynote speaker, and has invited Trump to the rally. Both men have lambasted the Obama administration for the Iran deal.

So why the chumminess between these political rivals?

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Trump has refrained from launching his trademark withering criticisms at Cruz, and in turn Cruz has avoided taking shots at Trump. “Many of the Republican candidates have gone out of their way to take a two-by-four to Donald Trump. I think that’s a mistake,” Cruz said.

Is Trump courting Cruz as a possible running mate? Or, as Tim Alberta at National Journal has theorized, does Cruz think Trump may help him win?

After speaking with political experts, Cruz allies, and Cruz himself, Alberta has concluded that Cruz’s strategy is to use Trump’s activation of the conservative base before the Summer of Trump ends, and Trump fades in popularity. As Bill Stewart, former chair of the political science department at the University of Alabama says, “In the end, I think Trump will have generated the interest—and then Cruz will benefit from it.”

Tim Alberta writes, “It explains why Cruz has cozied up to Trump at a time when most of the Republican political class shunned him. It explains why the Texas senator refuses to utter a negative word about the real-estate mogul.” Furthermore, Alberta contends the goal is that “voters who are energized by Trump’s message but looking for a more polished messenger discover a natural transition to Cruz.”

Donald Trump has been accused of being crazy. In the end it may be Ted Cruz who is crazy — crazy like a fox.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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