I would suggest that anyone who is up for grabs between Trump and Cruz in Iowa casts their vote for Cruz, for a few strategic reasons:
It keeps Cruz in the race. If Trump just wins in NH and Iowa, Cruz is not much of an alternative, and that means that someone like Rubio will probably rise to be Trump's main competitor.
Keeping Cruz in the race keeps Rubio, or some other Establishment stalking horse, out of it.
You don't want Trump's main competitor being Rubio, unless you kind of want Rubio to have a pretty good shot of actually winning.
(I assume Trump is already going to win NH, without any need of strategic voting.)
In addition, you're going to want to keep Trump dishonest. Right, I said dishonest, because I have no illusions he's really a conservative. I'm okay with that, as long as we can force him tostay dishonest, and stay in his current pretend mode as a conservative.
Trump is going to run to the middle, in all likelihood, as soon as he can. You're going to want him to continue to having to play to the right, to make as many specific promises as we can wring out of him, before he runs to the middle.
Cruz is your best hope for that -- so even if you support Trump, assuming you'd like theconservative version of Trump he's currently selling you on, you're going to want Cruz forcing him to stay to the right.
So strategically, if you're okay with either guy, even if you favor Trump, it makes sense to vote for Cruz in Iowa, and make this a two-man race with neither man one that the Establishment can live with.
Think of how wonderful that will be:
Republican leaders are growing alarmed by the ferocious ways the party�s mainstream candidates for president are attacking one another, and they fear that time is running out for any of them to emerge as a credible alternative to Donald J. Trump or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.Leaders of the Republican establishment, made up of elected officials, lobbyists and donors, are also sending a message to the mainstream candidates, such as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, that they should withdraw from the race if they do not show strength soon.
The members of the party establishment are growing impatient as they watch Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz dominate the field heading into the Iowa caucuses next Monday and the New Hampshire primary about a week later.
The party elders had hoped that one of their preferred candidates, such as Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, would be rising above the others by now and becoming a contender to rally around.
When the frontrunner, be it Cruz or Trump, is someone the Establishment hates, and the only opposition is someone the Establishment also hates -- finally, we can bring them to terms, and tell them how it's going to be going forward.
They will not listen until they have, literally, no other choice available to them.
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