Ted Cruz (R – The Moon) leaves door open for restarting presidential bid

Former presidential candidate and current Zodiac Killer Ted Cruz isn’t ready to endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. Apparently, he isn’t even ready to endorse ending his own campaign.

In an interview with Glenn Beck earlier today, Cruz left the door open to getting back in the race for the Republican nomination if his supporters pretend he’s still running and deliver him a victory over Donald Trump in Nebraska.

As he said, quoted by The Hill, “We launched this campaign intending to win. The reason we suspended our campaign was that with the Indiana loss, I felt there was no path to victory. If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly.”

Setting aside for the moment that restarting Cruz’s presidential campaign would require re-hiring hundreds of staffers who have presumably packed up and gone on a much-needed vacation in the days since Cruz effectively fired them by suspending his campaign, the idea that Cruz could develop a plausible path to victory is laughable. Especially when one considers the fact that Cruz also ruled out the prospects of a convention fight or third-party bid in the same interview with Beck. Per Cruz, if he wins Nebraska he may consider it possible that he could re-emerge as a zombie candidate and win the nomination outright. On the first ballot. After having already conceded that Donald Trump won the race.

It’s hard to overstate how much of a fantasy that is.

It’s one thing to not be ready to support Donald Trump, even if you do support this mythical “Nominee” person that everyone keeps talking about. It’s another thing entirely to be so full of yourself that you believe you could run the table and win every contest after having dropped out. Politicians all have big egos — you can’t be a good candidate if you don’t think highly of yourself — but I didn’t quite appreciate exactly what Cruz’s Senate colleagues meant when they said that Cruz was monumentally arrogant, even by their standards, until now.

Christ, man. It’s over. Get over yourself.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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