Ever wondered how just about everyone can hate Ted Cruz and yet he finds a way to win and advance every time? Apparently Cruz has very cannily and quietly been taking control of the GOP machinery behind the primary process.
So the parallel for Trump may be Mussolini, but apparently the parallel for Cruz is Joseph Fucking Stalin.
Jeet Heer has been putting it quite well:
You can go back to tweet #1 for essentially the same story I'm describing.
You really want to see the GOP eat itself? Let Ted Cruz win. As Jeet and others later point out in subsequent conversation, "Trump is The Mule". He has no obvious heir, is old, and is unlikely to try to run again after a failed go. After a Trump nomination and failure in the general, the GOP can try to rebuild with a more conventional candidate in 2020.
Whereas if Cruz were to win the nomination and control of party machinery, he may well try to run again. He's young and obviously ambitious - a comparison to Nixon in '60 & '68 is made.
Apparently the National Enquirer of all places broke a story about Ted Cruz having a bunch of mistresses. So far, so "who cares" - it's the Enquirer, right? But the specific Enquirer reporter is apparently the one who broke the John Edwards sex scandal. Still, that's hardly enough. Well, now Washington Times reporter has said that the rumour has been circulating amongst the press but no one reputable wanted to go to print without credible sources.
He's now claiming to validate the Enquirer's sources.
Might still go nowhere or turn out to be a dud or a complete fabrication (important detail - Trump is friends with one of the Enquirer publishers), but stay tuned for more details. Insofar as I don't give a damn about what a given politician is doing in the sack, if this has legs it could potentially have a hell of an impact on the race - the needle only has to move a little for Trump to be guaranteed an outright majority of votes heading into the convention.