Ted Cruz is done. He put up a pretty good fight for the GOP presidential nomination. Yesterday, before the vote, he said with solemn dignity, that it was up to the Indiana voters now. Then, casting aside good manners, Cruz let loose a rant about Trump. Ted Cruz's entire Donald Trump rant - CNN Video Among other things, Cruz said, Trump is “utterly amoral” and “a pathological liar.” In response to Trump’s National Enquirer inspired accusations aimed at Ted’s father, Ted Cruz exposed a heretofore hidden, albeit weak, funny bone. “Yes, Dad killed JFK. Dad is also Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard.” Ted Cruz had played it clean. Then, right before admitting defeat to the nasty guy, Ted took a shot at being nasty. It’s hard to decide if this is a matter of too little too late or why on earth would you give up being a gentleman? It’s tempting to say it doesn’t matter. It’s tempting to say the real point is not good manners but the right man for the job. Meanwhile, there are those who believe that Donald Trump is a bombastic billionare whose deal making might be good for Trump, but not necessarily good for the country. They believe that conservatism is what is best for this country. Cruz was the only conservative running. Though Cruz made it into late rounds, he lost. Cruz failed to sell himself and worse, failed to remind Americans why conservatism works. Cruz is an educated, intelligent man. He knows and respects the Constitution. He has shown himself to be for smaller government. Unfortunately, Cruz has no charm, no charisma. He also lacks the ugly street fighting smarts that appear to be required to get elected. Wait, you say. Trump has charisma? Trump is good at explaining how his way is best for the country? Results speak loudly. Trump has played the game better than Cruz. Trump is riding the wave of American anger. Anger at all the debt, all the government, all the blah blah blah DC has wrought. Trump is Mr. Anti-Establishment. Trump is wonderful. Trump is a fighter. Trump is a winner. Trump is really smart. That’s what he keeps telling us. Surely not everybody believes all that, and longs for more details on the how, and fewer details on The Donald. Still, people voted for Trump over Cruz in large numbers. What Trump is doing is fighting like a democrat. He makes declarations that sound good. The listener fills in the rest. Think back to when our current president was running. He intoned vague impressive sounding things like “Hope and Change” and “Transforming America”. When speaking about his opponents, references to specific policy differences were not in abundance. There were snarkisms though. “You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.” http://nypost.com/2008/09/09/obama-put-lipstick-on-a-pig-its-still-a-pig/ Trump says things like, Make America Great Again, Low Energy Jeb, Little Marco. Hillary Clinton, quintessential democrat, did her college thesis on the Alinsky rules. Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals Trump must have read it. #5 Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. Call him, Lyin Ted. # 8 Keep the pressure on. Call him Senator Cruz but pick on his daddy. #6 A good tactic is one your people enjoy. Go back to calling him Lyin’ Ted. Most likely it’ll be Trump vs Hillary put to the vote in November. Till then, it will be interesting. Hard Drives vs Hard Driving, Pink Cards vs Orange Hair, Dead Broke vs Bankruptcy. And so much more. After all, Alinsky had more rules too.