This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 29, 2016:
Before that miraculous toss that put the Dallas Cowboys on top of the Minnesota Vikings in an NFL playoff game in 1975, the last-second desperation throw was called the “Alley-Oop.” But when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was asked about it after the game, he said “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary” and changed its name forever.
History is replete with Hail Mary tosses that worked. There’s the Hail Mary in 2001 that was deflected from Shane Matthews to James Allen in the final 28 seconds, winning the game for the Chicago Bears over the Cleveland Browns. There’s the Hail Mary in the 2002 game between those same Browns which they won over the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2006 it was Drew Brees’ Hail Mary toss to Terrance Cooper just before halftime that helped them beat the Atlanta Falcons handily, 31-13.
In 2007 it was the Arizona Cardinals vs. the San Francisco 49ers when Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw the ball 48 yards to Larry Fitzgerald just before halftime. Similar throws sealed the deal in 2010 between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans, in 2011 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears, and in 2012 in games between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks and the Packers versus the Seahawks.
There were others too numerous to mention, along with similar miracle throws recorded in college football as well.
Will this history be enough for Ted Cruz? On Wednesday he said he thinks so. Said Cruz:
Where we are now, the mainstream, the New York media executives, and Washington lobbyists, are all trying to tell the American people the race is over. But where we are right now, nobody is getting to 1,237 delegates. And Donald J. Trump is not getting to 1,237 delegates.
Fiorina followed with this:
This is a fight for all of us, for our party, for our futures, for our children’s future. It isn’t over.
But it’s close. The Indiana primary will deliver 57 delegates, and as this is being written it’s Trump over Cruz, 39-33. That should seal the deal, unless it doesn’t.
Cruz, perceived as a hard-core Constitutionalist conservative, decided to offer the VP slot to Carly Fiorina, a RINO of the first order whose positions on key issues reflected the broad middle of the road characterized by yellow lines and dead skunks. On issues ranging from abortion to China to foreign aid to international terrorism and ISIS to Fourth Amendment infringements (helped by her former employer, Hewlett-Packard, when it shipped truckloads of computers to the NSA and the CIA following the 9/11 terrorist attacks) to same-sex marriage to religious liberty, she has camped out on that broad expanse inhabited by voters who don’t give a tinker’s dam about Constitutional restrictions and limitations.
Other commentators have been less generous in their use of descriptors of Cruz’s latest move, calling it a “gambit,” his “last gasp,” and a “desperation move.” Trump called it “ridiculous” and “dumb.” The only commentator who saw any possibility that Cruz could pull an upset was NBC News’ White House correspondent Major Garrett who called it a “very strategic move.”
Barring having inside information, Garrett is likely to be disappointed come Tuesday, primary day in Indiana. If Trump wins the bulk of the state’s 57 delegates, the fat lady will sing for Cruz and Fiorina.
Everything seems to be working in Trump’s favor: his win in the five states’ primaries (not only taking every state but winning in every county in every state as well) gives him momentum headed into Indiana. His foreign policy speech on Wednesday soothed the hearts of establishment types and helped polish his presidential persona among the voters. The bandwagon effect has started to kick in as fewer and fewer of those undecided voters want to be seen backing a loser.
The odds of Cruz’s Hail Mary pulling the Cruz campaign out of its death spiral are slight. A loss in Indiana would seal it.
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