Tea Party Staying Power: The Ted Cruz Victory


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Reality is a bit different. While there is considerable daylight between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party at the national level, Republicans in Texas tend to be conservative and more conservative. Thus, despite millions of dollars in ad money spent by both sides to convince voters that there were big differences between the candidates, both men made a great effort to portray themselves as dyed-in-the-wool conservatives. Both pledged to rein in government spending and overturn the Affordable Health Care Act. Both favored tougher immigration laws, cutting taxes and reining in the EPA. And both made visits to Chick-fil-a franchises in the waning moments of the campaign in order to demonstrate their support for traditional marriage.

So what propelled Cruz to victory? Three factors were seemingly the difference. First, Cruz, who is a former a Princeton University debate champion and a Harvard Law School graduate, made the most out of his debate performances. Second, some Texans likely viewed Dewhurst as an incumbent, due to his 14 years of state government experience in a year where incumbency could be a liability, considering the public’s record levels of contempt for Congress. Third, Cruz is Cuban-American, and its no secret that Texas Republicans are eager to court a Hispanic population that traditionally votes Democrat, even as it is becoming an ever-greater segment of the Texas population. Thus, it is no surprise that Cruz is being compared to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who also beat Republican establishment candidate Charlie Crist in a come-from-behind win in the 2010 election. Unlike Rubio, Cruz is an almost certain winner in November. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.

Yet what kind of influence Cruz will have on the Senate remains impossible to say at this point. A lot depends on whether or not the Republicans can capture the Senate, hold the House and/or win the presidency. Yet Cruz’s victory proves there is little doubt that the Tea Party’s demise has been greatly exaggerated by a mainstream media that has done its utmost to label it racist, responsible for the both the Gabby Giffords and Aurora atrocities, anti-immigrant, Islamo-phobic, or largely irrelevant with respect to the 2012 election.

Ted Cruz proves otherwise and he has served notice on the RINO wing of the Republican Party. “This race has been called ground zero in the national battle between the moderate establishment desperately clinging to power and the conservative tidal wave sweeping this country,” he told Fox News. 

That message should also resonate with Americans convinced there is little ideological difference between Beltway Democrats and Republicans. Ted Cruz and his fellow Tea Party Republicans intend to challenge that status quo. And no matter where individual Americans stand ideologically, they should admire their effort to draw sharp distinctions between the parties. The bet here is most of the public is sick to death of elections where choices inevitably come down to the “lesser of two evils.”

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  • Pat

    Ted Cruz' single largest donor, Peter Thiel of San Francisco, is openly gay and supports same-sex marriage. Thiel donated to Cruz $251,000 in 2009 and recently donated $5,000 for Cruz' Senate primary. He is also the largest single donor to the group backing Cruz – the Club for Growth Action super PAC giving them $1 million in May. Cruz is deceiving Texans about his alliances while claiming to be a Tea Party Republican. It seems that Sarah Palin should have done more homework about Ted before endorsing him, if she is truly opposed to homosexuality. She chased the spotlight at a Chick-fil-a for face time and Cruz bought their fried chicken to serve at his victory party. Seems to me they are both working overtime fleecing the teaparty votes and money.

    • κατεργάζομαι

      RE:(quote) "Ted Cruz' single largest donor, Peter Thiel of San Francisco, is openly gay…"

      ~Desperate Dewhurst's "single largest donor," …….is….Wait for it,- – - – David Dewhurst !!!

      David Dewhurst contributed more than $20 MILLION of his own personal wealth to support himself!

      There are major jokes here, but I will keep it clean.

      You sound like one of those really creepy Dewhurst supporters whom is still sore because your saddle was handed to you by Conservative Texans in a Landslide 13.6% Victory margin!

      How do ya like them apples, boy?

      Check out CRUZ Endorsements: The Conservatives for Cruz Crew:
      http://www.tedcruz.org/endorsements/

      Cruz is more intelligent and just plain outworked Dewhurst.
      Ted Cruz pulls Texas-sized upset – http://video.foxnews.com/v/1772238038001/ted-cruz
      Aug 5, 2012 – 10:28 – Rising political star on 'Fox News Sunday'

      Whether its dominoes, debate, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court or running for the U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz is a fierce competitor and he will fight the RINO Eastern Establishment! Dewhurst is part of the problem.

  • Asher

    This was some Grassroots victory for Cruz, in spite of the unlimited money used by David Dewhurst's campaign because it was about values and Freedom, not Big government.

  • cynthia curran

    Believe it or not, I think Cruz was no better than Dewhust. Cruz was appointed by George W Bush which means that he is probably partly not telling the truth on immigration and is Latino. Rubio is pushing for a Dream Act so I don't trust Hispanics when it comes to immigration.

    • κατεργάζομαι

      Talk about an uncoordinated, irrational mind.

      Obviously you are not familiar with Ted Cruz because you have no idea what you are talking about.

      The Rubio-Cruz déjà vu continues only in the context that both men are Americans first!

      Cruz does not even speak Spanish!

      Cruz is the direct opposite of Marxist, Socialist , LOO-LLLAC, or, "The National Council of L@ Ra Za" – (the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.)

      Kindly, Inform yourself, madam. Ted Cruz is not an anti-Anglo, cholos low-rider identity politician.

      The Conservatives for Cruz Crew: http://www.tedcruz.org/endorsements/

    • κατεργάζομαι

      cynthia curran – Talk about an uncoordinated, irrational mind.

      Obviously you are not familiar with Ted Cruz because you have no idea what you are talking about.

      Kindly, Inform yourself, madam.

      THIS is who supports Ted Cruz:
      The Conservatives for Cruz Crew:

      http://www.tedcruz.org/endorsements/

      Ted Cruz pulls Texas-sized upset – http://video.foxnews.com/v/1772238038001/ted-cruz
      Aug 5, 2012 – 10:28 – Rising political star on 'Fox News Sunday'

  • mlcblog

    Oy!! Cynthia and Pat. This is not good. Thank you for your contribution — before we celebrate too much. However, maybe we should celebrate and call it a victory because we are desperate to get rid of O and elections are won by the momentum created with lots of favorable activity. Interesting to note, however, that two Latinos are soft on immigration law while attempting to be aligned with Tea Party conservatives — for what? the vote, of course.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Contrary to Dewhurst's congenital lies, Dewhurst's outsider RINO-Establishment, PAC monies exceeded Ted Cruz's at a ratio of 33-to-1. Nearly 100% of Dewhurst's ads were poisonous and mendacious attacks..

    One CRASS, vulgar, and contemptible Desperate Dewhurst ad claimed that Ted Cruz was actually responsible for a Pennsylvania woman's son's suicide!!!

    Ted Cruz took the high road. He was not ad hominem.
    He is strongly endorsed by every major (real) Conservative in the land.

    Conservative Cruz Crew list: http://www.tedcruz.org/endorsements/

    ~ Ted Cruz would never mention this – - – BUT, I shall…..
    Dewhurst, 67, – claims he is a "family man" – However, he was married twice for a total of 8 years!

    Dewhurst: "My daddy was killed by a drunk driver when I was only three.." (repeatedly referenced! )

    Yet, Dewhurst's first trophy wife, a Miss Teen USA, and 19 years his junior, was convicted of drunk driving in her Mercedes and almost killed a woman. That marriage lasted 5 years.

    His newest wife (of only 3 years), is 22 years his junior. – Some "family man". He also really has chutzpa to keep mentioning "his daddy" when his first wife was a convicted drunk driver!

    Ted Cruz pulls Texas-sized upset – http://video.foxnews.com/v/1772238038001/ted-cruz
    Aug 5, 2012 – 10:28 – Rising political star on 'Fox News Sunday'

    Cruz will fight for the Constitution and to repeal ObamaCare.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, Cruz is also friends of George P Bush and appointed to an office by George W Bush. Cruz too friendly with the Bushes to be good on immigration but maybe better than Dewhurst. Freedom Works was started by Dick Army also bad on illegal immigration.

    • κατεργάζομαι

      cynthia curran – Talk about an uncoordinated, irrational mind.

      Obviously you are not familiar with Ted Cruz because you have no idea what you are talking about.

      Ted Cruz pulls Texas-sized upset – http://video.foxnews.com/v/1772238038001/ted-cruz
      Aug 5, 2012 – 10:28 – Rising political star on 'Fox News Sunday'

      With which do you disagree in the (above) FOX interview this morning?

      Kindly, Inform yourself, madam.

      ~ Ted Cruz is not another, "Leftist anti-Anglo, cholos low-rider, Marxist identity politician".

      THIS is who supports Ted Cruz:
      The Conservatives for Cruz Crew:

      http://www.tedcruz.org/endorsements/