I’ve long believed that, with the exception of Michael Savage, who is solidly in Trump’s camp, the biggest figures in talk radio would line up behind Cruz—at least by implication. If that turns out to be correct (and admittedly it may be wrong), look for them to play referee in the Cruz/Trump battle in ways that help Cruz. I doubt they can go whole hog for the Texas senator, but look for them to validate criticisms that come from a conservative or anti-establishment perspective, and dismiss those that come from any other direction.
In other words, I expect their play to look a lot like what Mark Levin posted on Facebook this weekend. Levin’s post falls quite short of an endorsement—in fact it goes out of its way to signal a “friendly” disagreement with Trump— but it nevertheless sets the terms for a Cruz/Trump fight in a way that will only help Cruz.
Jay Cost is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard and the author ofA Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption.