Thought Iâ€™d provide an update to an earlier post. Ted Cruz handily defeated David Dewhurst in the Texas Senate Republican runoff. Barring extraordinary circumstance, he is sure to beat Democratic nominee Paul Sadler in November.
The national version of this story was that Cruz was a Tea Party insurgent who stuck it to the establishment. After all, he had Sarah Palinâ€™s support, and she said he was going to be another maverick against the well-known and respected politicians of the Texas â€œestablishment.â€� What does Sarah Palin know of Texas politics? Nothing as far as I can see. But she is popular and she is smart enough to eat at Chick-fil-A while in state.
The truth is that Cruz and Dewhurst shared many of the same conservative positions. It is also true that Cruz received money and support from national Tea Party â€œinstitutionsâ€� during the runoff (i.e., Jim DeMintâ€™s Senate and FreedomWorksâ€™ campaign funds), but Cruz–a Harvard Law grad who clerked for Rehnquist and who won the admiration of both National Review and George Willâ€”is not your typical Tea Partier.
In the runoff, anti-establishmentarianism surely played a part, but so did the endless barrage of Dewhurstâ€™s ads presenting Cruz as Satanâ€™s liege. Dewhurst spent nearly $17 million on the most ridiculous ads which were played on TV over and over again. This wasnâ€™t merely an example of the diminishing returns of campaign negativity, but ratherâ€”after Texas Republicans actually heard Cruz speak for himselfâ€”it was a negative reaction to Dewhurstâ€™s excessive and downright silly ad campaign. Dewhurst should remember the adage â€œwhoâ€™s laughing now?â€� because he spent millions in attacking Cruz, all the while hoping that his own apparent name recognition (as Lt. Governor?) would hold the day. In his ads, Dewhurst presented the Cruz candidacy as if it were the young body and soul of Regan MacNeill in need of an exorcism. This sounds absurd and exaggerated, but Dewhurstâ€™s campaign against Cruz became as laughable as Linda Blairâ€™s spinning head spewing Campbellâ€™s green pea soup.
I should add that as I drove around in my car I never saw any street signs which said
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