The current brouhaha, some Cruz allies hope, will finally befell Trump.
“He needs to shut up and stay out of the Trump/Muslim controversy,” said one Republican strategist close to the campaign. “This may be what he needs to do to cement his position.”
But in the meantime, Cruzworld is more ebullient than ever before. They have always been confident that they had the financial arsenal and a favorable map to win the Republican nomination in a slog. They still have to get through one man, of course.
“As the field narrows, disagreements in philosophy have to be brought to the forefront,” said Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel, Cruz’s high-profile co-chair in the state. “I don’t think Ted Cruz is avoiding the conflict. I just think at this stage he sees it as unnecessary.”