BREAKING: Governors Considering 2020 Unity Ticket

Casual discussions are underway between the camps of governors John Kasich (R-OH) and Hickenlooper (D-CO) to form a unity ticket in 2020, presenting an alternative to the Democrat and Republican nominees for president, according to sources familiar with the conversations.

Recently, the two governors have been working on an alternative healthcare reform plan to present to others, particlarly congress. Both governors were elected around the same time (Kasich in 2010, Hickenlooper in 2011) in mixed-party states, and immediately accepted Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Both oppose the repeal of the the Act.

Barring a surprise star in the ranks, Democrats are not expected to field especially strong candidates in the next two years in preparation for 2020, and presumably, Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee for a second time, unless directly challenged by members of his own party. If they choose to join forces, their likely target would be the majority in each party that polls indicated dissatisfaction with their respective candidates.

While third-party candidates struggle for both funding and name recognition, these men have advantages most third-party candidates don’t. National profiles in each party, independent streaks, and media-friendly relationships and donor networks. And presumably, they carry less baggage or idiosyncrasies that the other “Governors squared” campaign with Johnson/Weld in 2016.

Governors tend to work well together, and share camraderie more than most partisan leaders, and these two governors are no exception.

Gov. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has tended toward the centerline and his party, trying to carve out a reputation for working across the aisle. Gov. Kasich of course has been riding the middle line since his first days in the 2016 campaign, and stayed in until the last stretch of the Republican primary. He earned his stripes first years ago, however, not only accepting Obamacare expansion in his state, but traveling to other state capitals to lobby fellow Republicans to do the same.

Some believed that his continued presence helped to split the non-trump crowd in the primaries – roughly 60% until the end – especially toward the end, when it was mathematically impossible for him to win, and Senator Cruz still had a chance to capture remaining delegates.

National Review’s Matthew Continetti observed at the time, “The Ohio governor has won a single state: his own. He has 143 delegates. That puts him fourth in the count behind Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio — who is no longer a candidate. To win the nomination on the first ballot of the Republican convention, Kasich would have to win 138 percent of the remaining delegates. This is impossible. Even a politician should be able to do that math.”

Now, it appears that winning the nomination may not have been his end game.


Ted Cruz: America Is Better Than This

In the wake of the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, there was the usual slew of hot takes as partisans across the spectrum engaged in the all-too-familiar ritual of trying to wring cheap political points out of a tragedy.  On the left, it was typically some variant of how Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric set the stage for all this, and how all conservatives need to take their share of the blame for an ascendant white supremacy movement.  The right, meanwhile, retreated to pointing fingers at Antifa for ratcheting up the political violence, and blaming the news media for turning the other way and aggravating an already tense situation.

Lost in most of analysis, however, was the moral argument against any kind of violence, whatever justification its perpetrators use to elevate their cause.  Fortunately, a few saner voices did raise themselves with words meant to heal after far too much hurt.  One of them was Senator Ted Cruz, who took to the pages of the Daily Signal to deliver a simple yet direct message that goes straight down to the heart of the matter:

It’s tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great nation with bloodshed.

The First Amendment protects the rights of all Americans to speak their minds peaceably, but violence, brutality, and murder have no place in a civilized society.

The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate.

These bigots want to tear our country apart, but they will fail. America is far better than this.

Indeed, America is better than this.  We know that because we have seen her in times of great darkness and strife before, when she struggled to reconcile the lofty ideals of her founding with the injustice suffered by some of her own citizens.  We know that because America looked deep inside herself and found the strength and the courage to rise above, and make good on her ongoing promise to try and forge a more perfect union.  And we know that because, more than anything else, the vast majority of Americans truly believe in the sacred creed that all people, no matter where they come from or what they look like, are in fact created equal.

That’s what makes America exceptional–and nobody will break that spirit, least of all the kind of thugs who would use brute force to achieve their bigoted ends.

Senator Cruz did the country a favor in reminding us of that.

Heidi Cruz Had To Be Escorted Out For Her Safety Because of Trump Unity

“The one person who attended Trump’s coronation and escaped with his integrity and conscience intact is Ted Cruz.”

Donald Trump graciously extended an invitation to his main rival, Ted Cruz, to speak at his coronation convention. Cruz congratulated Trump for winning the nomination, expounded at length on Republican values, attacked Hillary Clinton, President Obama and the Democrats, and exhorted the crowd to show up in November and vote their conscience.

After the speech, Trump appeared on the stage with Cruz, linked arms with him, with Heidi and Melania, waving to the adoring crowd.

And snowballs rose up from Hades, striking the flying pigs. Except for part about Cruz’s speech. That actually did happen.

In the closing moments of Cruz’s speech, when it became obvious that the Senator was not going to pledge personal fealty to the Orange Throne, the Trumpkins became agitated and started chanting. They whipped up a frenzy that caused RNC staffers to escort Heidi Cruz from the floor amid chants of “Goldman Sachs” according to Megyn Kelly. And they called Cruz “classless.”

Trump wasn’t in the room when Cruz spoke, until the speech ended. He didn’t appear on the platform. Cruz’s speech was scheduled for 9:45pm, which Cruz mass emailed to everyone on his mailing list. Then the RNC changed the time at the last minute to 9:30 without warning. Oops, maybe some of his supporters missed it.

I won’t blame the RNC for the power glitches that plagued Cruz’s speech, where the video wall kept jumping and blacking out like Max Headroom. Since Apple wasn’t in the room, having withdrawn all support from the #TrumpCircus, apparently nobody could figure out how to fix it.

Then the Trumpkins, along with the media, were out in force, calling Cruz’s lack of a by-name specific endorsement “classless” and predicting Cruz’s fade from the political scene, and his doom in 2020. Some of these people couldn’t predict their way out of a Walmart parking lot.

At least Stuart Rothenberg gave Cruz credit for following his own conscience.

But Trumpkins gotta Trump for their Cheeto Jesus.

The grace and unity from Trump supporters was palpable. It’s obvious that Cruz gave a speech gunning for 2020, while not disparaging the nominee. Suddenly the 40 percent who voted for Trump–many of them who have behaved like jackasses–have become the arbiters of what is “classless.”

Even Cruz supporters like Chuck Woolery turned on Cruz because he made some remarks uncomfortable to Branch Trumpidians (if the shoe fits…).

Unity, Trump style is still “convert or die.” His Twitter hordes, along with their Moscow-controlled tweet-bots and troll farms, still move according to their master’s whims. The one person who attended Trump’s coronation and escaped with his integrity and conscience intact is Ted Cruz.

Bravo, Senator. You will be rewarded for your stand after Trump reaps the whirlwind.

The Path To Unity

Wisconsin exit polls have the pundits buzzing that there can be no reconciliation of the Grand Old Party. That the fear, distrust, and vitriol thrown back and forth between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is simply too wide a gap to bridge. Seen through a purely political lens, that might appear to be so. But that’s not the only lens we have.

In 1776, support for the American Revolution was not a sure thing. In fact, historians believe that Patriots and loyalists were split with about one third supporting each, and one third on the fence. That’s about the kind of split we have (depending on the state) with Trump, #NeverTrump, and the swing vote.

At the end of August, General George Washington found himself trapped in Brooklyn Heights, with his back to the East River and the British massing for a final attack. He had used all his relief, and his 9,000 troops were outnumbered more than two to one by General Howe’s red coats and his Hessian mercenaries.

Washington was near despair, but he was also a man of faith. No one knows what prayers passed his lips during those tense two days as he faced almost certain defeat. As night fell on the evening of August 29, he peered over New York Harbor and knew he had no other hope. Escape by water was the only chance—and even that would take a miracle. Ordering a hasty retreat, Washington oversaw the efforts to ferry his army and their possessions—every man, beast, cannon, and rifle—safely across the water under the cover of darkness. To his relief, the British sentinels failed to spot the shadowy silhouettes of the escaping soldiers. But as the sky began to lighten, there were still men to move—and it was then that Washington’s prayers proved effective. A thick fog began to roll in, like the benevolent breath of God, providing cover and protection until every last soldier and piece of equipment reached safety on the other side. Washington’s boots were the last to leave the Brooklyn Heights side of the harbor, and the last to alight in Manhattan, which the Patriots still held.¹

Nathan Hale was executed 21 days later for spying–some historians believe Hale was turned in by his own cousin Samuel, a loyalist. Family didn’t account for much on opposite sites of the rebellion. Further on, General Benedict Arnold would nearly hand Washington over to the British, saved only by the early arrival of Washington’s aide, Alexander Hamilton, at his West Point headquarters.

By no means was America’s victory over the British, never mind the hearts and minds of the colonists (many in New York, which was held by the British through the end of the war, were staunch loyalists to the Crown), a certainty. Yet when Cornwallis surrendered and General Clinton evacuated New York, America became a unified country and did not evict the Tories. Some left, but many stayed and became loyal Americans.

By no means is our Republic’s victory over an increasingly strident, Godless assault from those who would remake America into a polyglot ersatz European subcontinent, a sure thing. Millions of Americans cheered when Democrats booed God (and Israel) at the DNC national convention in 2012. Millions cheer today when Bernie Sanders speaks of Denmark-on-the-Potomac ruling over us. Millions cheer when Hillary Clinton says an unborn child has no right to live an hour before birth.

But the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, abolition, capitalism, personal liberty, and small government, is different. President Lincoln called upon Americans’ faith in God. We’re the party that President Eisenhower joined and left us with a warning of creeping government/military/scientific and industrial complex growing in influence. Eisenhower prayed and trusted in our faith.

Even President George W. Bush called upon the nation to pray in the wake of 9/11. President Obama calls upon Christians to get off our high horses.

There is a qualitative difference between the GOP and the Democrats. Our grievances with the party of Obama, Clinton and Sanders cannot be bridged by faith, for they have essentially abandoned theirs to take up the reigns of power and control for themselves.

We, however, like Washington, can submit ourselves to prayer. Those within the GOP who do pray and seek God know His power and that He can conduct 9,000 troops to safety under the eyes of the red coats. He can certainly change the hearts of disaffected and estranged voters.

I have said that I have no beef with Trump supporters. Many of them “know not what they do.” Many refuse to even look into their man’s past, his dealings, his businesses and lawsuits. They chalk those things up to people trying to tear Trump down. Believe me, if there were a way to build Trump up, I’d be the first in line to do it. I’ve tried.

I may not be able to vote for Trump–I can’t in good conscience do so. But I don’t think worse of those who are in his thrall. In fact, I pray that if Cruz should be the nominee, they would see that he is not their enemy, or a “Trojan Horse” or a tool of the Establishment. I don’t think any of those things about Trump–I simply think he would be a terrible president, and potentially worse than Hillary or Bernie–who I would never, ever vote for. For the record, I would never, ever vote for Hillary or Bernie (or Joe Biden) either.

So when the time comes to unify, God can be in our midst to draw us together. There’s a more powerful force than politics (thank God He is) at work here, and the answer to our unity problem is found in Him, not in polls, or personal insults, or accusations.

¹George Washington’s secret six; the spy ring that saved the American Revolution / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger ©2013, p.9