Glenn Beck has endorsed Ted Cruz.
Not surprising. Understandable.
This is not understandable.
From The Hill:
Beck said he had never endorsed a presidential candidate in his 40 years of broadcasting, but he made an exception because of the urgency of the moment.
He said Cruz is the only candidate in the field who can defeat GOP front-runner Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses.
“I like [Sen.] Marco Rubio – I’ve had real problems with his policies, especially on the NSA – but I like him, he’s a decent man,” Beck said. “Ben Carson – really good, decent, honorable, God-fearing man. I just don’t think he’s ready – I wish he was, but I don’t think he’s ready.
“[Sen.] Rand Paul, strong on the Constitution and a good guy,” he continued. “But I will tell you this – those guys aren’t going to win Iowa. They might win down the road, they're not going to win Iowa.
“And if Donald Trump wins, it’s going to be a snowball to hell.”
...He said he even prefers Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” running in the Democratic presidential primary, to Trump.
“Honesty, faith and truth are basic requirements. And quite honestly, I have to tell you, this probably isn’t going to go over very well, that’s why I like Bernie Sanders,” he said. “Bernie Sanders is like, ‘Yep, I’m a socialist.’
“I can actually sit at a table with a man who says, ‘Yes, I’m a socialist, and yes, I don’t like what we are doing, we should be more like Denmark,’ ” he added.
“What we really need in America is enough of these politicians who are telling us what we want to hear, hiding behind fancy language, and actually have a debate between a constitutionalist like Ted Cruz and a socialist like Bernie Sanders.”
I suppose Beck is saying he prefers Sanders to Trump to express the degree to which he does not trust Trump.
However, I don't see how a self-proclaimed conservative like Beck could say he'd rather have an avowed socialist such as Sanders running the country than someone less than reliably conservative like Trump.
Without question, the 2016 presidential race is bringing out the crazy in people.
The biggest mistake Republicans have made was allowing Trump to gain momentum, while sitting back and waiting for him to implode.
The failure to provide an attractive alternative to Trump early on was a poor decision.
The decision to attack Trump supporters, berating them and labeling them as loons, was a stunningly poor strategy chosen by the loud Establishment Republicans, something that has served to create a dramatic backlash against the Establishment.
And now, we have a huge problem.