Cruz Speech Was a Leadership Failure – For Everyone
Thoughts on the Cruz thing. I seem to be the only man in America who is not on either of the poles (Cruz was Mel Gibson in Braveheart vs. Cruz was Robert the Bruce in Braveheart:
1. Jesus was right when he said in the Sermon on the Mount that you should not foreswear yourself. Cruz should not have promised to support the nominee. That’s why you haven’t seen me sign up for that #nevertrump blood oath. Why decide now when there are three agonizingly slow months of additional data coming?
2. Trump would not, in my opinion, have kept that pledge. He made it, then later hedged it.
3. Trump went waaaay beyond the line with the attacks on Cruz’s wife and father.
4. Yeah, that’s why you’re supposed to be really careful about making promises to unscrupulous people.
5. What Cruz did was one of the bravest things I’ve ever seen from a politician (yeah, I know, that’s kind of a low bar). All the people who give no credit for that, I want to ask you, have you ever given an unpopular speech to a large, hostile audience? If not, have a little respect for the huevos.
6. Trump approved the speech; not just the idea of it, but the actual text.
7. That booing was ugly. It looked awful and it was awful. Cruz appealed to conscience and freedom. It made the GOP look like another safe space North Korea that just can’t bear to hear dissent.
8. Bottom line, I don’t think Cruz should have done it, but anyone who thinks that he is the only one who made a big mistake, and that his was the biggest mistake in this affair, is fooling themselves. The whole party flirted with political suicide in that debacle.
Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership.
Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups.
Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted “The Kudlow Report”, and has written for CNBC.com, National Review Online, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins. Jerry is the President of Bowyer Research.
Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Jerry is the former host of WorldView, a nationally syndicated Sunday-morning political talk show created on the model of Meet The Press. On WorldView, Jerry interviewed distinguished guests including the Vice President, Treasury Secretary, HUD Secretary, former Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice, former Presidential Advisor Carl Rove, former Attorney General Edwin Meese and publisher Steve Forbes.
Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history.
Jerry lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan, and the youngest three of their seven children.