(Salon) -- If you were to pick one Republican senator out of the many who serve in Congress who would be least likely to throw his support behind Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, it would have to be Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina senator is the living embodiment of everything Cruz inveighs against: He’s an establishment barnacle, he cuts deals with Democrats on big issues like immigration, and he’s a big supporter of neoconservative foreign policies. And the two have publicly clashed before. On foreign policy, Graham has called Cruz “just as wrong as Obama, if not worse.” Graham has said that Cruz is an “opportunist” with “no credibility.” They’ve fought on everything from presidential nominations to healthcare to government shutdowns. A few weeks ago, Graham joked that “if you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.”
And yet, just Thursday, Lindsey Graham announced that he was going to do everything he can to help Ted Cruz win the presidency, including fundraising and… well, at this point it’s just raising money. But still, for Lindsey Graham of all people to bite the bullet and sign up for Team Cruz is a pretty strong indicator of how thoroughly desperate Republicans are to stop Donald Trump.