Yesterday Ted Cruz announced that he would happily argue the Pennsylvania lawsuit brought by Rep. Mike Kelly and Sean Parnell should the Supreme Court decide to hear the case on election fraud.
He announced on Twitter: “Because of the importance of the legal issues presented, I’ve publicly urged #SCOTUS to hear the case brought by Congressman Mike Kelly, congressional candidate Sean Parnell & state rep. candidate Wanda Logan challenging the constitutionality of the POTUS election results in PA. Petitioners’ legal team has asked me whether I would be willing to argue the case before #SCOTUS, if the Court grants certiorari. I have agreed, and told them that, if the Court takes the appeal, I will stand ready to present the oral argument. As I said last week, the bitter division and acrimony we see across the Nation needs resolution. I believe #SCOTUS has a responsibility to the American People to ensure, within its powers, that we are following the law and following the Constitution.”
That would make sense because he has argued before the Supreme Court in the past. He’s not a newcomer to the Court.
And it’s particularly shrewd politically.
Cruz did a lot of damage to himself in the 2016 primary. He had no understanding of the Trump wave of popularity and chose to attack Trump viciously. Not many will forget his atrocious non endorsement at the RNC 2016 convention. Cruz looked petty and vindictive.
Trump overcame his own hostility to Cruz and helped him retain his Senate seat in 2018 by holding rallies for Cruz. That certainly had a role in Cruz’s ultimate victory.
Now Cruz sees that Trump Republicans will not fade away. The Republican nominee for 2024 will need them. If they/we are rebuffed, the nominee will certainly lose.
Cruz is bolstering his candidacy by helping Trump now. Should Trump win, Cruz will get some credit. Should Trump lose, Cruz will be appreciated for his effort.
It’s a no lose situation for him.
Welcome to the party, pal.