I was driving yesterday listening to talk radio and I heard a report about Senator Ted Cruz and his reluctance to endorse Senator John Cornyn in the Republican Primary. I am paraphrasing what he said but he basically said he was not endorsing in any races and an incumbent senator should not need his support to win. I agree with that and I think Cornyn is going to win easily. But it got me to thinking.
There is no one running in the Republican primary that is more qualified that John Cornyn. Period. Texas would be a big loser if we lost John Cornyn as our senior senator. Is Cornyn perfect? Of course not. But he is a great Senator and Republicans and conservatives should be proud to call him their representative in the most deliberative body in the world.
On the other hand Ted Cruz has become exactly what he said he is not. He is a politician who does the easy thing, a politician who will do and say whatever he thinks will increase his political capital. He is a fraud. Ted Cruz has done nothing for Texas. I would ask anyone who reads this post to come up with one concrete example of something Ted Cruz has done that has benefited Texas. Yes – Ted Cruz has done a lot for Ted Cruz, but that is easy. If Ted Cruz really cared about Texas he would endorse John Cornyn but he won’t because he is scared of the right wing of the Republican party so instead he grandstands on issues he cannot win. And he knows it. He knows he can’t win because he can count or I assume he can count. I know he has advisors who can count but doing the right thing doesn’t get him the headlines, which is all he cares about.
Contrast that with the incarnation of the devil for the extreme right wing, Joe Straus. I saw a tweet from MQS today saying Joe Straus does not have a Pro-Life record. That is absolutely ridiculous. Under Joe Straus’ leadership the Texas House has passed more pro-life legislation than all other Speaker’s combined. Opponents will say because he has had the most conservative legislature. Maybe that is because he is such a good leader. Joe Straus goes about his business in a quiet, determined manner. He does what he thinks is best for Texas not what is best for his image. He has cut State spending, he has passed 2nd amendment legislation, he has passed pro-life legislation etc etc etc. And he doesn’t jump up and down asking for accolades, he just does it. Ted Cruz on the other hand hasn’t done one thing for Texas and everything for himself.
I also want to point out that Ted Cruz has endorsed in the Republican primaries but more importantly, he has given candidates quotes they can use in their campaign materials – what a chicken. If you are going to support a candidate support them for goodness sakes. But he won’t because he wants it both ways – if a candidate he supports loses he can say he didn’t endorse them but if they win he can take credit. It is a smart political move but it is spineless.
I think Ted Cruz is smart but something is off, something gives me the creeps. I have always heard his one ambition is to be President. His life revolves around that but he will never be President because there is no substance beyond headlines. He won’t win because Republican’s and conservatives, unlike Democrats, won’t elect a politician who is all about headlines, with no substance to follow up. I remember political ads against Obama that said he had no accomplishments, if Ted Cruz runs for President in 2016 he will probably have even less than Obama did at the same time in his career. At least Obama’s colleagues claimed to like him, I can’t say the same about Ted Cruz.
In our lives we all need friends, we all need people we can depend on. Ted Cruz doesn’t appear to be one of those people.
Til Next Time – Which will probably be March 5th – Adios Mofos – And Go VOTE!