Texas GOP chooses tea party-backed Cruz for Senate
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Tea party darling Ted Cruz convincingly defeated the Republican establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in Texas’ runoff election Tuesday, capturing the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as fiercely conservative voters shook one of America’s reddest states to its political core.
The race had been closely watched nationally as one of the most-vivid contrasts between the GOP mainstream and grass-roots, conservative activists. But as results began to pour in, it turned out to be no contest. Cruz completed the upset by grabbing advantages in key cities around the state where Dewhurst had once enjoyed stronger name recognition, fundraising and political organization.
“We are witnessing a great awakening,” Cruz told cheering supporters in Houston shortly after Dewhurst called him to concede. “Millions of Texans, millions of Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution.”
More than 1 million Texans voted in the runoff, a surprisingly strong turnout for balloting that came during the dog days of summer.
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Texas GOP chooses tea party-backed Cruz for Senate
First I want to congratulate Ted Cruz on his victory in the run-off for U.S. Senator from Texas. I didn’t support you, I don’t particularly like you, even now, and until I see and hear a lot more to convince me otherwise, I won’t be *supporting* you in your run against your Democratic opponent, but congratulations none the less.
As things stand at this time, I WILL vote for you, but I am not at all enthusiastic about doing so. I am of the opinion that Texans just set themselves up to do nothing more than send another lawyer to Washington. We really need another lawyer in Washington.
But, it is what it is, you had the support of Sarah Palin, and this next part of what I say will come as NO surprise to my regular readers; I have NO USE for Sarah Palin. I have NO respect for Sarah Palin and I doubt if I ever will.
Now before some of you get all uppity about me talking this way about Saint Sarah, look at her political picks of late and then tell me that she is any more astute than any other reasonably well read and informed political junkie.
Sarah Palin backed Joe Miller who was the Republican Party nominee and the Tea Party favorite in the 2010 U.S. Senate election in Alaska. Miller had his ass handed to him as he lost miserably to Lisa Murkowski.
Then there was that infamous Sarah Palin pick, Christine O’Donnell, a Tea Party favorite and long-time conservative activist best known for her stances against abortion, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, and masturbation.
Oh, and let’s not forget how O’Donnell stunned the TEA Party and the GOP with her *I dabbled in witchcraft* thing. That was some good picking Sarah.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention Scott Brown, the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. By Massachusetts standards Brown is a Conservative, but you have to remember, Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states in the USA.
By any standard applied to elected officials NOT from Massachusetts or California, Scott Brown is the RINO from HELL! For crying out loud, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City endorsed Brown. If that’s not RINO credentials, I don’t know what is.
So, you see why I am less than enthusiastic about Ted Cruz and the Sarah Palin endorsement.
But Cruz has a fiery stage presence that made tea party supporters across the state swoon, and received millions from national, conservative organizations that targeted Dewhurst as too moderate.
The TEA Party is actually pretty easy to make *swoon*. It’s comprised of a lot of old ladies that are on their last leg and a fiery speaker just gets them all wound up in the throes of political passion, then they go home and tell their husbands that *YES by God, you ARE going to vote for him* and because the hubby is seriously lacking in the man parts category, he does exactly as he is told.
Just because Cruz can speak well doesn’t mean he knows BEANS about being anything other than a lawyer.
Meanwhile, former Democratic state Rep. Paul Sadler easily bested perennial candidate Grady Yarbrough to capture his party’s nomination and face Cruz in November’s general election, but Cruz begins that race the overwhelming favorite.
Sadler said that he stood “alone as the only nominee of a major political party in Texas because the Texas Republican Party has been hijacked by the tea party.”
My readers know; I look for truth and when I find it, I will point it out, regardless of WHO it comes from; Sadler is VERY correct about the Texas Republican Party being hijacked by the TEA Party, allow me to offer an example, one that I am terribly familiar with.
Across the lake from Rowlett is the City of Rockwall, a great place to live, work, visit, eat dinner, spend some time and is a city that has many great qualities.
Then there’s the Rockwall Republican Men’s Club.
Please don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with having a Rockwall Republican Men’s Club, quite the contrary, I thought it a great thing; right up until the time that the Rockwall Republican Men’s Club founded the Rockwall TEA Party and used that TEA Party as an operational wing of the Rockwall GOP.
The TEA Party, in its original inception, was a non-partisan group, meaning that they were not Republican nor were they Democrats; they were an Independent bunch and had as their core values the idea of upholding the U.S. Constitution, enacting a limited government, demanding fiscal responsibility and the support of free markets.
Then people like Sarah Palin got involved and the TEA Party went from what was basically a disorganized rabble that refused to accept ANY type of leadership to being the domain of Sarah Palin and her catch phrases, and anything she said being the stone cold Gospel according to Sarah!
For quite some time the GOP insisted that if TEA Party candidates were elected, once they got to Washington they would immediately be co-opted into the GOP proper and thus rendered harmless.
The TEA Party had decided that the GOP was a worn out version of Democrat Lite and became determined to force true Conservatism on the GOP.
Not an altogether bad idea; right up until the time that the TEA Party elevated Palin to the status of royalty and allowed a QUITTER to pretty much dictate their direction. All I see from the TEA Party is a blind following of what truly is a QUITTER!
Natache Reeves, a 42-year-old nurse from the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, said she voted for Cruz because he had Palin’s support and was less likely to restrict handgun use.
“I love Sarah Palin, and she’s backing Ted Cruz,” Reeves said. “I pretty much agree with everything that rolls out of her mouth.”
Did I mention *blind following*? Why YES, I believe I did.
Reeves is exactly the kind of person the TEA Party has to have to survive; not too smart, not much of a thinker, willing to do what they are told to do and then throw out a point of contention that never WAS a point of contention in this entire race: handgun use.
If Reeves loves Sarah Palin, that’s fine, I don’t begrudge her that feeling, it appears to me that they may be made for each other, by golly, doggone it, you betcha, don’t ya know, maverick and lets shoot a moose…
TEA Party picks going to the U.S. Senate? Be careful what you wish for Texas, this is a decision you’ll have to live with for the next 6 years. I sincerely hope Cruz does well, but at this point in time I hold little hope.
There is one good thing to remember though; Cruz was born in Calgary, AB. and that is NOT a point that’s up for argument, he can’t run for President.