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The Wages of Assholery

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Whatever else you may think of him, John McCain is well liked in the Senate. Not Mr. Congeniality - but still well-liked and respected. Meanwhile, Cruz is perhaps more disliked than any of the other 99 individuals currently serving in the Senate. Think about that. That's something! And it matters. In the non-impossible scenario that Cruz becomes the nominee, yes, everyone will endorse him. Most will campaign for him. But that level of antipathy is quite difficult to overcome. And it will matter: at best sand in the gears of his campaign and possibly the source of much greater disruption.

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