Ronald Reagan challenged a sitting Republican president.
Here’s why Reagan gets a pass, and Ted Cruz doesn’t…
Ted Cruz suspended his campaign in May, whereas Reagan did not concede defeat until Day 4 of a highly contentious, RNC.
Reagan did not explicitly endorse Ford, but he was incredibly gracious, and gave Ford what he wanted: A show of unity…
Under the circumstances, that was as good as a ringing endorsement.
Almost immediately, Reagan at least gave the impression that he was “vigorously” campaigning for Ford:
Reagan…has announced he will campaign hard and vigorously for Ford because “we need a Republican president”…he sent telegrams to key Republican workers in California, saying it was “important that the process of bringing the party together starts here.”
Ted Cruz’s face can’t be helped, but it is a factor…
Reagan, at a comparable age (43)…
In other words, Helen Stifler could be distant for weeks, have a prescription drug addiction, and reveal $15k of debt after you’re married.
You still would try to make it work…
Whereas if Democrat strategerist Gabi Domenzain was on fire– you wouldn’t stop, except maybe to take a selfie so you’d have proof when you tell people, “bro, I saw somebody on fire”…