PANIC AT THE GOP YACHT CLUB – The American Spectator

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The Cruz is over for it as Trump and Ted take the helm.

In the Fall of 2013, I wrote a column for TAS that caused a lot of eye-rolling and chuckles among establishment Republicans. The column, titled “Look to Cruz, Not to Christie,” predicted “the future of the GOP is not Christie but Cruz” and criticized country club Republicans for trying to sabotage a promising and intellectually sharp conservative like Cruz: “Have the Republicans learned nothing from Romney’s loss, McCain’s loss, Dole’s loss?”

I was responding in part to what I saw as empty enthusiasm over Chris Christie’s easy and meaningless re-election in New Jersey:

The breathless burbling about how Chris Christie’s victory “shows the path forward for the GOP” conveniently ignores his inability to turn New Jersey red for anyone but himself. Before election day, the New Jersey media didn’t see any reason for the Dems to worry about a Christie victory, as they enjoy a 48-32 majority in the Assembly and a 24-16 lead in the state Senate. While these numbers may change, early reports indicate most incumbents will be reelected. The New Jersey media reported that most polls indicate support for Christie won’t help any down-ballot Republicans. In 2009, Christie’s coat-tail effect was negligible too, resulting in only one new Assembly seat for the Republicans.

Again, this generated some laughter from establishment Republicans at the time. But the Republicans down at the yacht club and golf clubhouse aren’t laughing anymore. On Monday night, the candidate they revile, Ted Cruz, won, while the candidate in whom they placed their confidence, Chris Christie, came in last. 

“I would trust Cruz over Clinton, though I would never vote for the son of a bitch,” a registered Democrat in New York City said to me the morning after Cruz’s win. Unlike the darlings of the Republican establishment, whom most people regard as bores or duds, Cruz wins grudging respect even from some Dems for his substance and intellectual sharpness. Folks in the Big Apple with whom I have discussed the race don’t think he will win and find his personality unattractive. He is “stuffy,” said a bejeweled woman at the St. Regis Hotel, who identified herself as a “reluctant” Trump supporter.

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