Senator Cruz has announced that he will vote for the man who had, as the New York Times‘ Matt Flegenheimer noted,
…questioned Mr. Cruzâ€™s eligibility for the presidency, citing his birth in Canada; seemed to disparage the appearance of Mr. Cruzâ€™s wife, Heidi, in a Twitter post; and insinuated that Mr. Cruzâ€™s father, Rafael, was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Then there was the Trump-branded nickname: â€œLyinâ€™ Ted.â€
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.