The Ugly (and necessary) Game of Political Endorsements

Rick Perry Endorses Ted Cruz

As a Ted Cruz supporter, I love the fact that former Texas Governor and two-time Presidential candidate Rick Perry just endorsed him. As a student of how politics and cronyism works in America, I really wish that all endorsements were transparent, organized by type, and consolidated into a single area not dissimilar to how LinkedIn handles recommendations.

It will never happen so I’ll keep this article short. If anyone wants more details of this hypothetical structure for campaign governance, please feel free to reach out.

In a perfect world, there would be a single website for the majority of people and a catalog mailed out to those who prefer analog that allowed every candidate to state their stance on every issue that’s important to the people. On this website would be the endorsement statements and videos from those who qualify as thought-leaders. Celebrity status doesn’t count (sorry Duck Dynasty fans).

All endorsements should be categorized by type. Who is endorsing, why are they endorsing, and how far are they willing to go with their endorsement. For example. Sarah Palin, as a former politician and currently unemployed, should say that she’s (a) endorsing Donald Trump because (b) he has promised to make her his Energy Secretary, so she’s (c) willing to go all the way, even campaigning with or for him on the trail.

Another example would be Iowa Congressman Steve King, who (a) endorses Ted Cruz because (b) his ideas match what King wants to accomplish as a Congressman and (c) he’s willing to do interviews and campaign for Cruz occasionally.

I don’t know how far Perry is willing to go. It’s most likely that he prefers Cruz over the competitors including a strong disliking of Donald Trump. He’s not going to do much campaigning for him and he has no real incentive other than helping a fellow Texan. What I’d really love to see is that he’s offered the job of Secretary of Defense under a Cruz administration, but that may be wishful thinking.

What’s the point of this exercise? Nothing, really. All hypothetical in a fantasy world that would never happen. I’d love to know what Jodi Ernst gets out of endorsing Marco Rubio. I’d love to hear Iowa Governor Terry Branstad address questions about his son’s connections to Big Corn. I’d want to hear the 22 writers for the National Review tell the world that they have no reason to back Trump other than common sense because for some reason that fact is getting questioned.

Again, all frivolous talk for a Monday morning. Congratulations to Cruz for another solid endorsement in Perry.

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