Senator Cruz has announced that he will vote for the man who had, as the New York Times‘ Matt Flegenheimer noted,
…questioned Mr. Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency, citing his birth in Canada; seemed to disparage the appearance of Mr. Cruz’s wife, Heidi, in a Twitter post; and insinuated that Mr. Cruz’s father, Rafael, was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Then there was the Trump-branded nickname: “Lyin’ Ted.”
As it happens, Winston Churchill offered a cogent analysis of Senator Cruz’s announcement many years ago:
I remember when I was a child, being taken to the celebrated Barnum’s Circus, which contained an exhibition of freaks and monstrosities, but the exhibit on the programme which I most desired to see was the one described as “The Boneless Wonder”. My parents judged that the spectacle would be too demoralising and revolting for my youthful eye and I have waited fifty years, to see the The Boneless Wonder…..
I have similarly seen the boneless wonder today. To coin a phrase, it’s sad to see someone–even Senator Cruz–debase himself in this way. I hope and expect that public figures who support Donald Trump will be remembered the way we remember public figures who supported segregation or Joseph McCarthy.