I will stipulate that Trump’s candidacy for the Republican nomination for president has been entertaining. And his thumb in the eye of the mainstream media and the Republican Party apparatus has been a delightful thing to watch.
He has shifted the discussion about immigration and our borders in ways that I would not have dreamed possible just a few short months ago, and for that I am grateful…and not a little impressed.
However, I have no idea how he would govern; my guess is that it will be as chaotic as his policy pronouncements have been, and as mercurial as he has been his entire life.
All of this would be tolerable in light of his very existence being an existential thorn in the side of the Republican Party as it is currently constructed.
But…and this is a very big but…I have no idea who he would nominate to fill the current vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. Will he choose his sister? Will he choose Barack Obama (he would never accept: too much work), would he choose some well regarded liberal judge from the 9th Circuit?
That is simply too much of an unknown. Ted Cruz will nominate someone similar to himself…an originalist, or strict constructionist, or whatever you wish to call a judge who respects the intent of the framers of the United States Constitution and its 27 Amendments.
Do I prefer Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, which is boilerplate written to make people like me happy? Sure. But I am cautiously confident that Trump wouldn’t have signed the disastrous Iran treaty or given up so easily in Iraq. Are there things that Trump says that I like? Of course, but once again, he is so fickle that I would be a fool to count on his unwavering support for the 2nd Amendment or a strict immigration policy or 100s of things that he has said that sound marvelous but are not backed up by any history of similar beliefs in the past.
I am concerned by Cruz’s careful parsing of his words when he discusses immigration. And I am wary of any reintroduction of American forces in the Middle East without a clear-cut, carefully defined role that includes sane rules of engagement. But I am supremely confident (sorry) that his choice for the 9th chair on the Supreme Court will be the correct one, and for that, and that alone I
would will support him.