There’s a reason Cruz won Elko. This was Sen. Nathan Glaser’s district, and he and other Nevada state legislators led the Sagebrush Rebellion in the 70’s. There are today any number of Nevada state legislators who are passionate about getting the BLM out of Nevada. They feel strongly enough that they would have publicly endorsed Cruz’s position on federal lands transfers. This would have given Cruz the credibility on this issue that he needed. He was trying to sing the song, but doesn’t hear the music.
If Cruz does have a phone conference with the legislative leaders of WY and AK he’ll get the credibility that escaped him in NV. If he doesn’t I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe I should just go and plant my garden.