Trump does own and mange a billion dollar company and many other endovers. Cruz has done no such things other than of course shut down the government by grandstanding.
I agree, the GOP should rally around the one candidate who doesn't have a record of far-right extremist governance.
At this point I would even commend them if they rallied around Cruz. I don't agree with Cruz on basically any major issues, but at least he would be capable of handling the duties of the presidency.
I believe the single most important responsibility of a political party is to nominate candidates for president who can actually do the job if elected. I have seen nothing to suggest that Donald Trump meets that criterion. If the Republicans nominate Trump and thus fail at that most basic of functions, then that should disqualify them from being taken seriously as a governing party for a very long time.
And to take that to its logical conclusion, if Trump is somehow elected in November, then we no longer deserve to be taken seriously as a country.
I highlighted the above quote because it is true, but rarely stated.
I believe that if he weren't "Donald Trump", and we merely listed the qualifications of Trump, and the other candidates, most folks would see Trump as either the most qualified to be President, or one of the most qualified to be President, of the lot running. Clinton and Kasich would be up there, but who else would be? Maybe Jeb, Graham, but who else? Maybe Fiorina, but she's not at Trump's level.
Most of the folks running have resumes that would qualify them for a Cabinet Secretary's job. Cruz, Rubio, Santorum, Sanders, Huckabee, etc. are really that way. They don't strike folks as being eminently successful. Trump's a guy that showed he could make it without the cocoon of the Beltway. What makes folks think, honestly, that a lot of these folks, and Ted Cruz, in particular, are going to be successful Chief Executives?
It's not the resume issue. It's that any time Trump has been asked any question about policy he just responds with phrases like "winning" "fantastic" and "good management". He doesn't take what he's doing seriously.
That is an enormous
problem for me, and should be for everyone else.
Say what you will about Hillary, Bernie, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, or any of the others, but they understand that the presidency is a difficult job, and that you can't just wing it.