As hopes of Republican unity founder, you have to wonder if Ted Cruz is waving hello or good-bye on behalf of conservatives unreconciled to Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2016 Getty Images So the worst has now happened from the point of view of GOP unity coming out of Cleveland: The No. 2 candidate in the Republican presidential nominating process has refused to endorse the No. 1 candidate, giving voice to an undercurrent of dissension that was suppressed during shadowy fights over the convention rules. But now what? Assuming Donald Trump does not succeed in quieting the intra-party waters through rhetorical enchantment tonight, the question left by Ted Cruz’s defiant non-endorsement speech Wednesday is whether the conservative resistance to Donald Trump’s candidacy will now peter out or could actually grow. You’d normally expect it to burn off in the fires of what looks to be one of the most polarizing general elections ever. At least some of the recent polling has shown Trump consolidating the Republican vote even before Cleveland and the obligatory unity gestures. But that’s the rub: This could be the rare convention (the Democratic events in 1968 and 1972 were two others) that reduces party unity. And indeed, Cruz’s act of defiance… Read full this story
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