Why? Because Cruz is acting like a jerk. He has no chance of achieving the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination outright, but instead of graciously bowing out, Cruz is playing the fool to the neocons, who are throwing a temper tantrum over Trump. A second-ballot nomination elects a Democratic president.
Trump cannot trust Cruz because Cruz is not above gaming the system to flip Trump delegates and the like. Such lowdown tactics do not show the proper judicial temperament.
And so, Senator Mike Lee may get the Supreme Court call from Trump.
Lee is a graduate not of Yale or Harvard as the eight other justices are, but of Brigham Young, both for his bachelor's and law degrees. We need to break out of that Ivy League worldview.
From the Washington Post:
1. He has the right pedigree: Six years ago, fueled by tea party anger, he toppled Sen. Bob Bennett at a GOP state convention. His father, Rex Lee, was Ronald Reagan’s solicitor general. After graduating from Brigham Young University Law School, the senator clerked for Samuel A. Alito Jr. when he was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and then again after Alito's elevation to the Supreme Court. Lee was an assistant U.S. attorney in Salt Lake City and general counsel for then-Gov. Jon Huntsman before running for office himself.
2. He’s incredibly young: Lee is just 44. That means he could squeeze four or more decades out of a lifetime appointment.
3. He is dependably conservative. Grass-roots leaders are adamant that future GOP nominees have a long paper trail to avoid confirming stealth moderates. They still feel burned by David Souter, Sandra Day O'Connor and John Paul Stevens.
Heck, many Republican base voters feel betrayed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. because of his support for upholding the Affordable Care Act. Dropping the conservative Bush appointee's name at a Republican campaign event is a surefire way to draw boos nowadays. Cruz often finds himself defensively explaining away his support for Roberts’s confirmation.Cruz screwed the pooch with Trump.
Lee sounds like a winner.