One of the hackneyed political platitudes Chris Mathews has been known to excessively rely on is that Democrats fall in love with a candidate and Republicans fall in line. It’s pretty obvious that Republicans are doing both this year. Some have fallen in love with Donald Trump and others are falling in line with Ted Cruz, the only candidate left who is a possible Not Trump.
The bad news for Cruz is that most of his support is from people who probably would have picked any of a half dozen other candidates had they been in an equally strong position. My guy was Scott Walker, who endorsed Cruz. Most Cruz supporters are passionate about Trump in that they can’t stand him. In my case, I’m more worried about Trump’s inability to get former foes to support him or get back voters who were often berated by Trump supporters.
The threshold for victory is also getting lower in the nomination process. Trump supporters made the legitimate point that if he got a 1237 delegate majority, not getting the nomination was an act of theft. Now that the number is going to be harder to achieve, a clear plurality (winner of the losers) gives Trump the right to the nomination. Supporters are threatening to not vote for any nominee who isn’t Trump, but have routinely attacked Trump opponents who claimed the same thing.
The fact that I haven’t fallen in love with a candidate makes me believe I shouldn’t want to. Donald Trump may very well achieve what he wanted back when he supported Hillary Clinton’s victory over Republicans.