Ted Cruz, like many Republicans, acts like he has Stockholm syndrome.
There are four key components that characterize Stockholm syndrome:
A hostage’s development of positive feelings towards the captor – This is on display on a daily basis. Look at Lindsay Graham as a good example.
No previous relationship between hostage and captor – He was an outsider to the Republican party before he got the nomination.
A refusal by hostages to cooperate with police forces and other government authorities (unless the captors themselves happen to be members of police forces or government authorities). – In this case we have Republicans refusing to perform their oath-bound duties in good faith.
A hostage’s belief in the humanity of the captor because they cease to perceive the captor as a threat when the victim holds the same values as the aggressor – They joined the cult, some sold out and some bought in.
Through a psychoanalytic lens, it can be argued that Stockholm syndrome arises strictly as a result of survival instincts. Strentz states, “the victim’s need to survive is stronger than his impulse to hate the person who has created the dilemma.”