Texas GOP chooses tea party-backed Cruz for Senate

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.

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12 Responses to Texas GOP chooses tea party-backed Cruz for Senate

  1. NativeSon says:

    Fred, I think you will be surprised by Cruz-I certainly hope so!

  2. Robert says:

    Well Fred I think you and I differ here a bit. But I don’t hate Sarah Palin as much as you do. A little less anyway. My take on it is this:

    We bitched about the GOP establishment since 06. We ramped up our bitching in 08. In 2009 the tea party got ramped up on three basic ideals. Now those ideals are still the cornerstones of the tea party. Some factions of it have screwed up by delving into other areas or sitting around doing nothing. BUT the big picture work is beginning to be clear.

    The establishment is losing almost every fight. RINO’s have been removed. More to come. The bottom up political change is becoming evident. In 2010 the house got 83 NEW ones. the vast majority of them have done pretty damn good for only having the house. If the goal is to rid ourselves of the McCain’s and Graham’s then this is how it has to get done.

    As far as Cruz, well I feel NO SYMPATHY for you guys in Texas. You had 2 candidates that either one would be fine. We will see if Palin was right. It will only take a few votes to tell. I’ll remain hopeful until reason not to is given.

    • TexasFred says:

      You’re the 3rd close friend that has weighed in this AM… As I said above, I hope, I sincerely hope that you guys are right, and yeah, as opposed to what you guys have in California, Cruz IS GOLD!

    • TomR says:

      Robert - I echo your take. Establishment Repubs(Rinos) have been a malignancy on conservatism. They need to be replaced before we can mount an effective campaign against the Liberals. I think 2010 showed that Rinos are very vulnerable for the most part, except maybe in New England and Ariz. I also think the Tea Party may be the magnet that gets the Reagan Democrats actively back on board the conservative bandwagon. In less than 100 days we will get some definitive answers to the mood and direction of America. Let’s hope.

  3. mrchuck says:

    Cruz is supported by the radio personality Mark Levin.
    I believe in what Levin has to say.
    In the preliminaries, I voted for Dewhurst, and then afterward started finding out about his support for taxing us Texans more.
    More “things” came out about Dewhurst that I did not like what he had done.
    Then I started to learn more about Ted Cruz, the true things, and not just what the political ads said.
    My vote and my wife’s vote mean a lot to us, Not taken lightly.
    I paid the price to vote.
    So,,, I too hope that Ted Cruz will vote correctly to get this USA back on the track of a Constitutional Government. I truly hope so,,,,,, mc

  4. James Shott says:

    I get a bunch of organizations emails, and many of them were very supportive of Cruz. Not being a Texan, I didn’t follow the race closely.

    More broadly, there are a lot of Republican incumbents and challengers who aren’t very strong, but I have to say that I can’t think of a Democrat that I think would do a better job for America than any Republican, so I’ll support every Republican candidate this November, and I’ll vote for all of them that I am able to vote for.

    We have to defeat Obama, and only voting Romney can do that. Third parties will hurt Romney, in most cases.

    And, we need to maintain the House majority and gain a Senate majority.

    That’s the bottom line.

  5. Bunkerville says:

    I heard Cruz on mark levin several times, and if he votes as he says he will, he should be a winner. We have few that have the gift of gab, and enjoy it. Rubio is one, and I sure hope this fellow lives up to his presentation.

  6. Texasperated says:

    First off, Fred, this is one of the very few races here in Texas upon which we have found ourselves in disagreement. However, like you, had the “other guy” won I would have voted for him and for at least a status quo candidate in the general election.

    Second, I found out embarrassingly late that Sarah Palin cared about Ted Cruz. She has picked some winners and some losers. As far as I know she has not dumped a bunch of money into Texas, but you are right that some people consider her voice to come from Mount Sinai.

    However, I was encouraged to “look into” Ted Cruz because of the support of Sen. Jim DeMint and Erick Erickson of Redstate.com. Both DeMint and Erickson have impeccable conservative credentials. What I learned when I did look into Cruz was that much of the “information” about him was based upon innuendo and a careless inattention to all the facts of the case.

    Now you and I have been through a couple of election cycles together and I hope we will be through many more although we no longer share the same hometown. Ted Cruz could end up being a big disappointment. Remember that conservative crowd we sent to Washington in 1994 and how quickly they were spoiled? It happens. But I hope it does not happen this time. I do think that Cruz is an honorable man, but to echo Mark Antony, so was Brutus.

    Keep your powder dry

    • TexasFred says:

      I was pretty sure the part about Palin and the TEA Party would fire you up!

      As said, it is what it is, I don’t have to like the guy to vote for him, but talk is cheap, and until I see action, CONSERVATIVE action, I am going to reserve judgement and just say, allow me my dislike of Cruz and utter HATE of Palin and the TEA Party.. :P

      • Texasperated says:

        Did you also notice in his victory speech last night that he was careful to thank all the blue haired ladies?

        Keep your powder dry

        • TexasFred says:

          Indeed I did, that was part of what pissed me off and inspired my screw the TEA Party rant!

          I STILL have *flashbacks* to the day those IDIOTS stood like sheeple and said the Pledge to MY RED WHITE and BLUE shirt because someone forgot to bring the flag… That was the LAST straw for me… Mindless robots that did exactly as they were told t do!

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