In a strange way Ted helped Trump tonight, because the crowd defended Trump. Ted did not help himself. While I understand assuming Trump is a one time phenomenon, opening a path in 2020, Ted did not position himself to take advantage of that.
From Lyin' Ted, to making fun of his wife's looks, to attacks against his father, Cruz has reasons to be personally upset. But Ted Cruz did not come off as a unifier or magnanimous tonight. Ted had a certain tone deafness. Even if Trump fails in November, or wins and does poorly as President, Ted is not the guy a majority will rally around. The only ones who will love Ted Cruz's speech are #NeverTrump people.
If you go to the convention to speak, you endorse (even if you qualify your endorsement). If you can't endorse, stay home.
Legal Insurrection: Awkward
Lem's Place: Laura Ingraham Speech
NPR: Pence makes the case for Trump after Cruz is booed
RedState: Scott Walker Pleads for Conservatives to Vote for Trump and Balancing on a Pin
Instapundit: Finished Nationally?, Both Losers?, Two Teds, Servile Puppy Dog, Roger Simon, Austin Bay, Exposing media bias at the GOP convention, Newt's Explanation, The Federalist: Ted Cruz Knew What He Was Doing (you can be smart and wrong)
American Power Blog: Ted Cruz is Dead To Me (don't hold back Donald on how you feel about Ted Cruz)
Ben Shapiro/Daily Wire: Cruz Camp: Trump Campaign Approved Speech, Orchestrated RNC Blowback Against Cruz
Powerline: Ted Cruz plays the spoiler, Miscalculation?, and is Ted Finished Nationally?
Hot Air: Irony: Cruz delivers the unity that Trump and GOP seek
Twitchy: Trump faces during Ted's speech and This aint over
Vodka Pundit: A Tale of Two Teds
Roger Simon: Pence 1, Cruz 0
Commentary: Cruz's Chutzpah
NRO: Ted Burns It Down
Jim Treacher: All righty!
The Last Refuge: Toxic
DaTechGuy: Family and How Donald Trump played Ted Cruz at RNC Convention, and won
Rush Limbaugh: Was it Trump or Peter King and the New York Delegates who started booing Ted?
TOM: #RNCinCLE Facts are Raaaaacist