A dark star named Ted Cruz blots out the sun for Mike Pence

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

The third night of the convention was supposed to belong to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate.

No one anticipated that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, giving a surprisingly restrained speech, would nevertheless fail to endorse Trump, infuriating convention delegates.

"To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November," said Cruz, in his typically languid debater's cadence. "If you love our country, and love your children as much as I know you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience; vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution."

That's when the booing began, the Twitter volume went to 11 and, it seemed, no one could speak of anything else. 

Lost in the noise: Pence's perfectly serviceable speech.

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