Here are the reasons for the unholy alliance cited in the article:
1) Trump is merely an "opportunist" who they can "suck up to" and cut deals with. Cruz,
however, is a true believer who would push the GOP establishment out of power.
2) Trump's political views lack substance and are malleable. When people ask "where's the beef" when it comes to his views, the Establishment will be more than happy to provide that beef.Streiff goes on to outline why he believes a Trump candidacy doesn't strike fear in the Establishment's heart:
... their objection to Trump is not based on anything that Trump stands for… to the extent we can presume to know what that may be… but rather on aesthetics. Trump is in their social circle. They go to the same parties. They play golf together. They belong to the same clubs and are on the boards of the same philanthropies. Trump is quintessential establishment. What they don’t like is his public (I say public because I’ve never met Trump and certainly never been around him in a private setting) persona. They don’t like his populism. They don’t like his seeking the adoration of the mob rather than ruling the mob. But, push come to shove, he is one of them, they are convinced they can deal with him because he really doesn’t have any guiding principles above self-interest. In other words, they are Trump but with better public manners.
Cruz, on the other hand, represents something they have never had to deal with: a man who actually believes what he is campaigning on.The claim that Trump is a populist is where I part company with Streiff. I have long argued that the GOP needs to move in a more populist direction, focusing on the concerns of working men and women instead of cozing up to the Wall Street and Chambers of Commerce. Ilya Somin writing for the Volokh Conspiracy, says it best when he notes in his article "The Conservative Case Against Trump" that the New York businessman's "disdain for constitutional property rights and his long history of crony capitalism should also trouble conservatives, or indeed free market advocates of any kind."
Ever the opportunist,Trump is not riding a populist wave. Trump is instead riding the populist reaction to the GOP Establishment for so long ignoring the concerns of working men and women to focus on crony capitalism, i.e. taking money, directly and indirectly,from the pockets of ordinary folks to enrich corporate elites...people like Donald Trump.