Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ted Cruz for Senate, Continued

W James Antle III (whose name belies his conservative bent) of the American Spectator joins the chorus of those supporting Ted Cruz in his campaign to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchinson as the next US Senator from Texas.  I have already pointed out George Will’s excellent (of course) article about Cruz (must reading on the subject), but is it always good to know that others are piling on to his side as well.

Cruz gets the coveted National Review cover

Whatever happens in the presidential election, someone will need to resist big spending whether it comes from liberal Democrats or leap-year conservatives. . . .
"Texas is too Republican a state to settle for anything less than a conservative leader," Cruz says.  Even casting the right votes and getting high ratings from conservative groups isn't as important as rocking the boat. . . .
Cruz identifies Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee as examples of what he is talking about (he notes that all three senators have endorsed him in his primary).  He also points to Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey, suggesting that the generation of conservatives who came of age in the Reagan years are ready to make their mark on the party. . . .
He has the backing of FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth,'s Erick Erickson, and the radio talk show host Mark Levin.  George Will, the dean of Washington conservative columnists, opined that for "conservatives seeking reinforcements for Washington's too-limited number of limited-government constitutionalists, it can hardly get better than" Cruz.
A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law (magna cum laude), Cruz displays legal interests quite uncharacteristic of the Ivy League: he believes it is important to limit the federal government to its constitutionally enumerated powers, as the Ninth and Tenth Amendments make clear. . . .
Cruz’ only real competition from the right came from Michael Williams, who has since opted to run instead for one of the congressional seats that are a bone of contention with the latest redistricting plan for Texas.  Williams, an excellent candidate in his own right, is the former Texas Railroad Commissioner (many Texans will understand the huge responsibility of the position, far beyond its simple title).  Former Solicitor General Cruz’ real opponent for the nomination is Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, in the moderate Establishment  mold of the party.

Update:  World Magazine has an extensive write-up of Ted Cruz within its story of how the Republicans can court the culturally conservative Hispanic vote.  "When was the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?"


  1. After seeing you blog listed on, I dropped by. Seeing that you are a fellow Texan, I did some reading - Texas politics are always interesting, although I don't follow the politicians like I used to.

    1. I try to follow Texas politics because I'm no longer there. But stop by anytime; glad to have you.


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