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Even among enemies, there's a respect for mastery.
As I've said, to date Trump and Cruz have been like two contending martial arts or Zen masters in the arts of assholery. Decades of devotion to the craft, an elegant mix of restraint and flurries of violence. Two masters meeting in a battle on the field of destiny. But Trump has thus far shown himself much more adept, as revealed in this confrontation. But even Trump can recognize another master.