EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Texas Senator Ted Cruz just endorsed Donald Trump for President.
That is a powerful headline that a couple of months ago seemed impossible. It is good that he has come to a point of endorsing Trump but boy is it hard to watch Sen. Cruz wrestle with how he came to the point of endorsing a one-time hated and despised rival.
Trump and Cruz had much more than policy and style difference, there was, and perhaps still is, a genuine dislike for each other. Sen. Cruz said he has decided to forgive Trump and move forward because of the anticipated decisions facing the president. And he doesn't want Hillary Clinton to be in that position.
According to Cruz, it came down largely to the Supreme Court potential justice list released by Trump. But it is safe to say that even though Cruz has held his nose and endorsed Trump, he still does not fully support him. That leaves plenty of room for the Texas senator to run against Trump for president if it comes to that in 2020.
The endorsement also quiets some Republicans in Texas who have been on Cruz for it. That will strengthen his support for his run for re-election in 2018, a campaign that starts immediately for Cruz. The Trump endorsement is still a noble act of putting cause over self, something that is rare these days in our society let alone a political arena. But it is not without some calculation that may pay off in future elections.
The idiom has never been more true – politics makes strange bedfellows.