Cruz Booed for Not Endorsing Trump at GOP Convention


In his address to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz did not offer a formal endorsement of Donald Trump. In a speech largely intended to lay the groundwork for a future Cruz presidential bid, the conservative firebrand said the election is not about “fighting for one candidate or particular campaign.” He advised voters, “please don’t stay home in November,” and delegates began to boo Cruz when he said Republicans should “vote their conscience” for candidates who will abide by the Constitution—without encouraging them to vote for Trump.

Delegates on the floor of the convention were chanting at Cruz, “endorse Trump!” They did not get their wish. Cruz went off script to acknowledge the “enthusiasm” of New York’s delegates, who were shouting at him. Donald Trump akwardly appeared at his VIP box as Cruz was wrapping up his address.

Driver slams into Baltimore cop car while playing Pokemon Go

From USA Today:

A Pokemon Go enthusiast slammed into a Baltimore police car while playing the game on his phone early Monday morning, according to authorities.

In body-camera video released by the Baltimore Police Department, several officers are seen standing near a police car as a Toyota Rav 4 slams into the cruiser and continues driving.

In the video, an officer runs after the vehicle, which stops near the end of the block, and the driver gets out of his car.

The officer asks if everyone is OK, and the driver, whose face is blurred in the clip, shows the police officers his cellphone.

“That’s what I get for playing this dumb— game,” the man says to the officers.

Pretty sure it’s not so much the game that’s the dumb— here.

The Republicans waged a 3-decade war on government. They got Trump.

From Vox:

Trumpism may have parallels in populist, nativist movements abroad, but it is also the culmination of a proud political party’s steady descent into a deeply destructive and dysfunctional state.

While that descent has been underway for a long time, it has accelerated its pace in recent years. We noted four years ago the dysfunction of the Republican Party, arguing that its obstructionism, anti-intellectualism, and attacks on American institutions were making responsible governance impossible. The rise of Trump completes the script, confirming our thesis in explicit fashion.

Consider, as a sign of the party’s decadence, how quickly Bob Corker, a card-carrying member of the Republican Party elite — the center-right chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — caved in to this horribly miscast party standard-bearer. Trump’s campaign has been filled with statements whose ignorance and bombast have appalled the establishment. Then a ballyhooed foreign policy speech in late April was widely panned by experts across the foreign policy spectrum. (“A very odd mishmash”; “strident rhetoric [that] masked a lack of depth.”) Corker’s response? He praised “the broadness, the vision” of the speech.

When Corker subsequently praised Trump’s disastrous press conference in Scotland as “one of his better events” — this was the press conference that mainly showcased Trump’s golf resort, and in which Trump praised the UK’s vote in favor of Brexit in strongly pro-Europe Scotland, after earlier demonstrating he did not even know what Brexit was — the cave-in was complete.

Corker, of course, was not alone. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fell in line quickly, and while House Speaker Paul Ryan hedged his support for a while, he also joined the Trump team. The Republican Party was about to nominate the most inexperienced, unpopular, and temperamentally unsuited major party presidential candidate in the history of American politics, and there was nothing the establishment could do about it beyond trying to contain the political damage.