The Texas Senate race turns ugly

posted at 12:31 pm on June 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

I don’t know if the Pony Express is running behind schedule or what, but somebody needs to pop down to the Lone Star State and let them know that the circular firing squad portion of this year’s entertainment is supposed to be shutting down. And yet, the temperatures seem to still be running well up into the red zone in the primary battle for the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. The race has come down to a choice between Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, and the acrimony became audible recently when a crowd appeared to begin booing… Rick Perry?

A chorus of boos erupted Thursday at the Texas Republican Convention when Gov. Rick Perry repeated his support for U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst — an endorsement that has drawn the ire of tea party backers who contend the lieutenant governor is too moderate…

Perry too loves to call for defending the Constitution, and his speech had an arena full of delegates swooning early, laughing at his jokes and loudly cheering his most fiery anti-Washington rhetoric. But those cheers turned to loud and sustained boos from a large chunk of the audience when the governor said, “we need more conservative Texans in Washington D.C., including my friend David Dewhurst.”

Now, I don’t live in Texas so I don’t get to help decide who they send to the Senate, but I think we’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t always end well. Cruz’s people have been planning this run – and lighting up the in boxes of bloggers across the country – since before CPAC 2011. The theme song seemed to be consistent with some campaigns from the 2010 cycle. Dewhurst is “too moderate” and he’s the “establishment candidate” so the Tea Party needs to get behind a “Washington outsider.” (Presumably Cruz.) But these same outsider loving folks used to be pretty hot for Rick Perry during his POTUS bid as I recall, and he seems to think Dewhurst is up to snuff.

I guess the “too moderate” part comes from the fact that Dewhurst effectively runs the state senate and sometimes has to – gasp – work with some of the Democrats in the chamber to get anything done. (And remember… these are Texas Democrats, not Barney Frank.) But either way, it seems to me that this “establishment candidate” meme is getting a bit played out, particularly if it just means that the guy has a resume with some real meat on it.

Of course, I’ve never heard of anything particularly disqualifying about Cruz either, and he seemed like a decent enough fellow when I met him. Still, some opponents have been pinging our in-boxes with questions about his wife’s involvement with Building a North American Community, and asking how solid Cruz really is on immigration issues. (Always a hot topic in Texas politics.) And Dewhurst needs to be careful to not get trapped into some sort of birther distraction and stick to the issues.

In any event, Texas Republicans seem to have some solid choices to pick from. Here’s hoping that they can get this situation nailed down and focus on the real battles to come in November.


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Oh yeah and Dewhurst refused to come to meetings with voters and most of the early debates.

uber-con on June 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Establishment Republicans will not reverse the course of the Progressive/Socialists quickly enough to avoid a catastrophe.Romney,Boehner,McConnell et al will only slow down the inevitable march off the cliff.We need some uncompromising fire-breathing conservatives in the Senate,and Texas will gladly give us one.So why go with anyone remotely smelling like a squish? Give us Cruz,Texans!

redware on June 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I urge all of my fellow Texans to support Ted Cruz! Dewhurst is a absolute RINO!

Anyone that has done even cursory investigation into these two know that Dewhurst’s attack ads are complete fabrications. He can’t win on his own merits, and there’s nothing legitimate to attack Cruz with, so he outright lies. Please don’t reward that.

keepingthecountryred on June 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

After we send Cruz to the Senate, I’m going after John “Mr, Strongly Worded Letter” Cornyn. Texas needs and deserves strong Conservative representatives, not seat warmers.

Pecos on June 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

You have no idea what you’re talking about. The vision you developed is a product of MFM propaganda and we all know how truthful that is.
Texans don’t like Perry but he was all we had. His cronyism is legend.
Dewhurst was a master of supporting popular legislation and killing it behind closed doors. Nothing that has transpired for the good in Texas can be attributed to either of these self serving jackasses.

Beto Ochoa on June 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Nope, Cornyn doesn’t have the clout to push either Cruz or Dewhurst around.

Dewhurst has his own clout and Cruz has TEA party backing, and huevos.

cozmo on June 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Well I guess we’ll see

workingclass artist on June 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The more I learn about Perry the more I am convinced the guy is a fake.

AshleyTKing on June 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

workingclass artist on June 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yep, and the good part about that is one of these guys will be the next US senator from Texas.
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Unless the write in candidacy of Craig James catches on.

cozmo on June 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Shaw says “Now, I don’t live in Texas so I don’t get to help decide who they send to the Senate, but I think we’ve seen this movie before and it doesn’t always end well.”

I’ve seen the movie a couple of years ago in Florida too, and I liked the way it ended. The stodgy ole Senate is starting to get some movers and shakers to wake them from their “compromising” slumber. Cornyn and KBH aren’t among them however. I believe Cruz will join the Rubio, Paul and Demint wing of the Senate. Dewhurst could slide right into KBH’s shoes and no one would recognize the difference.

I would gladly vote for and support Dewhurst if their were not a better choice. There is in Ted Cruz.

Spider79 on June 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Of course, I’ve never heard of anything particularly disqualifying about Cruz either, and he seemed like a decent enough fellow when I met him.

Condenscending nonsense.

davidk on June 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

The more I learn about Perry the more I am convinced the guy is a fake.

AshleyTKing on June 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

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Don’t let ‘Twerp hear say that.

listens2glenn on June 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

“The Texas Senate Race Turns Ugly”

OR

“This Blog Post Turns Stupid”

As a Texas conservative let me offer some friendly advice. If you don’t have a clue what’s going on in Texas then don’t write about our Senate race.

Also Jazz, to say that the battle in November (important as it is) is the “real” battle we in Texas should be focusing on is just silly. House and Senate races are real battles too and extremely important when addressing the severe economic problems facing all Americans.

Dewhurst decides what gets voted on in our state Senate. He has single-handedly prevented votes on significant tax reduction from taking place. In case you forgot, tax reduction and small government is the first thing true conservatives agree on. Dewhurst, through his actions, has proven to be about as far away from that as you can get. It’s for this reason that I’m torn concerning who wins or loses between Dewhurst and Cruz. If Dewhurst wins then we finally get him out of our state Senate but if he loses then D.C. will get one more strong conservative in the form of Ted Cruz.

Cary on June 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Establishment Republican equals crony Republican. There is no difference between a crony Republican and a crony Democrat except for the list of cronies and special interests which have made purchase. Bought politicians have the country at the edge of fiscal ruin. A bought politician is a corrupt politician.

Obama was supposed to be different. He’s bought and corrupted.

Dewhurst is bought and corrupted.

Cruz has the look of a man with principles and integrity.

Jazz Shaw pontificates ignorantly here. Can’t we all just get along? In this case and at this time in history, no.

exdeadhead on June 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

gophergirl on June 9, 2012 at 12:59 PM

We don’t know how good we have it sometimes.

cozmo on June 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Very true. We are so spoiled that we split hairs big- time on who is a conservative and who isn’t. I voted for Cruz mainly to get some new blood in there but I won’t be upset if Dewhurst wins. Most people I know down here aren’t in a big tizzy about this race.

kg598301 on June 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Rick Perry is bought and corrupted as well, which is one reason his POTUS run flopped.

exdeadhead on June 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

“I don’t know if the Pony Express is running behind schedule or what, but somebody needs to pop down to the Lone Star State and let them know that the circular firing squad portion of this year’s entertainment is supposed to be shutting down. “….
Now that I reread that opening remark, I resent it. Dear Mr. Shaw. Texas now gets mail delivery. We even have access to the internet! No need for snark in addressing Texans.

Pecos on June 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM

“Eddie Bernice Johnson

cozmo on June 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Yeppers.

It just amazes me that people think Texas doesn’t have it’s share of liberals that are just as disturbing as Barney Frank or Nancy Pelosi.”

If you can find 10 white folks who voted for either Eddie Bernice OR Sheila Jackson Lee,I’ll eat an armadillo. Yeah, that’s not politically correct to say, but it’s true.

Tom Servo on June 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

And Dewhurst needs to be careful to not get trapped into some sort of birther distraction and stick to the issues.

Whether or not Obama is constitutionally President is an issue except to democrats and “Republicans” who are Grass and Cheese Eaters.

VorDaj on June 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

As usual, I’m arriving late to the party and I ain’t reading 100+ comments before spouting off, so if I covered ground already covered, tough.

While the Texas governor isn’t one of the most powerful in the nation, it’s also not the weakest. But, after the War of Northern Aggression, our constitution was written to de-centralize power. Our Lt. Gov (Dewhurst), is elected independent of the governor and runs the senate regardless of which party is in the majority. What this means is, if you have or might have business before the Texas Senate, you’d BETTER support Dewhurst. Perry, as governor, has lots of business before the senate. Dewhurst has already scuttled some of Perry’s initiatives, so Rick would love to see him gone anyway. Not surprising for someone who believes in the concept of “vulture capitalism”. This is also why Dewhurst’s endorsements include just about every interest group in the state–not that they are bad, per se, but they have legislative business all the time before the senate.
David Dewhurst is a multi-millionaire establishment slimeball who ran a mean, untrue smear campaign against Cruz in the primary. Texas needs to “choose Cruz!”

cartooner on June 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Yes living in TX is nice politically, but the govt here isn’t nearly as conservative as it should be with this electorate.

The state reps are a bunch of RINO squishes, led by Joe Strauss, and Dewhurst has been a big part of the problem

So yes there is quite a RINO purge going on in TX from within, and knocking Dewhurst off would be a nice start. Strauss needs to be next.

Perry would get ripped for not supporting his Lt Gov, given how much water Dewhurst has carried for his agenda, so I just kind of ignore his endorsement. So do most others, I believe.

And Perry’s threat for re-election isn’t Dewhurst, it’s Greg Abbott anyway.

He’s just being loyal, and that’s a perfectly admirable thing for him to do after how closely the 2 men have worked, and especially with the quirks of how powerful the Lt Gov position is in TX

thurman on June 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Texas is more conservative than Dewhurst.

It’s more conservative than Perry, come to think of it.

Rebar on June 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

You have no idea what you’re talking about. The vision you developed is a product of MFM propaganda and we all know how truthful that is.
Texans don’t like Perry but he was all we had. His cronyism is legend.
Dewhurst was a master of supporting popular legislation and killing it behind closed doors. Nothing that has transpired for the good in Texas can be attributed to either of these self serving jackasses.

Beto Ochoa on June 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Speak for yourself not all of us, thankyouvery much.

kg598301 on June 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Like you said Shaw, you don’t live down here. Dewhearst is just another establishment RINO. He’s not a conservative and neither is Perry. Cruz actually has a real record of supporting individual liberty, property rights and freedom.

MoreLiberty on June 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

After we send Cruz to the Senate, I’m going after John “Mr, Strongly Worded Letter” Cornyn. Texas needs and deserves strong Conservative representatives, not seat warmers.

Pecos on June 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Time to put our “old bulls” out to pasture. Cornyn, as chairman of the NRSC went all in for Charlie Crist, Jim Bunning and other GOP incumbents in the Republican Primaries against Tea Party candidates.

cartooner on June 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM

jazz shaw continues to INSULT the readers of Hot Air. He is clearly the WORST PERSON WRITING ON THIS BLOG – he should be FIRED, immediately and HOT AIR should apologize to its readers for the fact that they hired this despicable leftist suck-up.

TeaPartyNation on June 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Now, I don’t live in Texas

No, bless your heart, but that doesn’t seem to stop your ten-gallon mouth.

This might help you apiece to understand:
As Sam Houston said “Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”

batterup on June 9, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Almost feels like Hot Air has gone “establishment.”

Jim-Rose on June 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

What you’ve missed is that Dewhurst has been running a very nasty, slimy, Obama-style campaign against Cruz, while Cruz has been campaigning around the state telling voters what he would like to do and why they should vote for him. Dewhurst hasn’t done squat about campaigning, because he thinks he’s too good for it and we should all vote for him by acclamation.

Perry has said nothing about this, and has just gone back to his wheeler-dealer ways. For that, he DESERVED to be booed. Perry *acts* tea party, but he’s never been the real thing, he only talks that way when he thinks there’s a profit in it. He sees himself with more influence with Dewhurst in the senate than he’ll have with Cruz, which is all you need to know about his depth of passion.

As far as Conservative goes, Dewhurst don’t come close, Perry is a wannabe, but Cruz is the real deal.

ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTIONS!

Tom Servo on June 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Superbly worded and well-put! Yes, to all Texas HotAir readers, please do as the campaign says and send a Cruz missile to Washington next year!

Sir Rants-A-Lot on June 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM

WTF is this crap all about? Cruz is the better candidate and grassroots voters in Texas sent Perry a message that he’s on the wrong side of this issue. They still support Perry in general and were receptive to the rest of what he had to say.

Whatever happened to supporting the most conservative candidate electable. This is Texas. Dewhurst is in many regards a decent enough conservative. I’d gladly have him here in NY, even as slimy and downright despicable as his tactics in this campaign. But what works for NY does not work for Texas, where we should be demanding strong principled conservatives.

When KBH first took that seat she represented a significant shift to the right from its onetime holder Lloyd Bentsen. Now two decades later, the GOP is a great force in Texas and we have a chance to make yet another ideological shift to our favor in the state. Why shouldn’t conservatives reject an establishment Republican like Dewhurst in favor of the solidly conservative Ted Cruz?

Gingotts on June 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Almost feels like Hot Air has gone “establishment.”

Jim-Rose on June 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

This post by Jazz notwithstanding, at least Erika’s doing a fine job of taking up where Tina Korbe left off. Maybe Ed and Allahpundit could also promote Howard Portnoy to the varsity squad some time soon….

Sir Rants-A-Lot on June 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Don’t be fooled. Texas is full of RINOs who prefer illegal aliens over the lives and jobs of Texans.

Do you know why the Texas GOP passed this? Because its pandering. Read the article carefully. The language used is the same as the GOP used in 2006 in D.C.

madmonkphotog on June 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I think we are going to need a mixture of new conservatives and establishment for a while but it seems silly not to go as conservative as we can where we can. And Texas seems like the place to go conservative. I say that with all do respect of an outsider and will bow to the judgement of her people.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Reading this post, I’ve got the impression that Jazz Shaw hasn’t the slightest familiarity with Texas politics.

sartana on June 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

The more I learn about Perry the more I am convinced the guy is a fake.

AshleyTKing on June 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I lost all respect for Perry when he told me and most Americans we have no heart.

I lost respect for him when he called Adult College Students Children. No Perry they are old enough to vote and are Adults.

I lost respect for him when he said Adults that break the law of the United States every day by remaining here illegally are here through no fault of their own. Hello Perry exactly how is it they can not return to their own Country?

I lost respect for him when he said that we should give the American Dream to the children that illegally came here to give their Children the American Dream. Hello Perry this encourages illegal behavior.

I lost respect for him when I found out he had no desire to lower Government spending or make Government smaller. He only likes to talk about that not act on it. He only cuts when forced to.

Perry is no conservative. So when he calls someone conservative it means nothing.

Steveangell on June 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

madmonkphotog on June 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Indeed.

The last thing we need with 25 Million Americans unemployed is more Aliens here taking those jobs. When we reach full employment we could talk about that but until then it is sheer folly.

Sorry it is hard in your country. But that does not mean you should come here and steal our jobs. We also need to work. Contrary to the lies politicians tell. Americans are hired to do these jobs when illegals can not be found to do them. WalMart was raided here for hiring illegals to polish the floors. Now Americans polish the floors. Americans get paychecks instead of an agency stealing most or sometimes all the wages from these illegals.

Steveangell on June 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Don’t let ‘Twerp hear say that.

listens2glenn on June 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Damn skippy!
One of the reasons why we’re now living in Texas is because we liked Perry! We STILL like him and support him. We also support Cruz.
*bares fangs @ cozmo*

annoyinglittletwerp on June 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

If you can find 10 white folks who voted for either Eddie Bernice OR Sheila Jackson Lee,I’ll eat an armadillo. Yeah, that’s not politically correct to say, but it’s true.

Tom Servo on June 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I can not only find you 10 white folks that voted for EBJ, but I can introduce you to them as well. Heck, they not only voted for her but worked to get her elected, several times.

Gets lots of BBQ sauce for that armadillo.

cozmo on June 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Jazz, Dewhurst doesn’t have to ork with Dems. He chooses to. He’s basically John McCain. Too moderate from a state that is conservative.

cpaulus on June 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

A Texas Republican in the US Senate is better than any Texas Democrat…

Focus, people… FOCUS…

Khun Joe on June 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

It’s precisely this attitude that has brought us to where we are now. The tribal us/them attitude. Automatically assuming that any Republican is better than any Democrat and we must settle for the choices put to us no matter how crappy. What Castle, Crist and Scozzafava and the like taught us is that we need to focus on ideology. Conservative principals and those candidates who are true to them.

If a Republican support Embryonic Stem Cell research, Open Borders and Gay Marriage, then no- they would not be better than any Democrat.

However much Jaxx Shaw tries to mock Texas and belittle the process, what happens with this race in Texas seems to be a bell-weather for the future of the GOP. Will the party be re-shaped by new generation of Tea Party-aligned Conservatives, or will it continue to drift away from what it became under Ronald Reagan. I’m not familiar with the race myself, but this is how Mark Levin has portrayed it, and it would fit in with the grand drama being played out within the GOP since at least 2010 and the Tea Pary/Establishment divide which characterized that election. For Jaxx to ignore this and portray this Texas race as some minor provincial dust-up is just puzzling.

And it’s very bad form for Shaw to slip in the bit about Heidi Cruz and the North American Community at the end of the post without any context or assertion. Just slimy.

sartana on June 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM

*bares fangs @ cozmo*

annoyinglittletwerp on June 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Wha’d I do this time bunnysuit?

cozmo on June 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

All I know is that posters on the internet in various blogs seem to think Cruz is the man.

HOWEVER, longtime FREE MARKET, PRO-MILITARY long time in the political trenches private business owners are ALL IN for Dewhurst and more than a bit upset at the newbies who like rhetoric more than performance.

Kermit on June 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Perry is not a conservative- he only campaigns as a conservative. He would have been low on my list of candidates in the primary. Dewhurst is not conservative, and the few “positive” commercials he’s aired are misleading – he only agreed to some of the more conservative points in his commercials after he was dragged kicking and screaming to the party. He continued to allow the Rosebush Bill each Senate term, allowing the democrat majority to kill many of the conservative bills up for vote.

I will be voting for Cruz again in the runoff. I hope there is early voting again so that I can cast my ballot and then turn off the radio until the runoff ends.

golfer1 on June 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

BTW, we know all about candidates who are “fighters” in Louisiana. Huey, Earl and Edwin were impacted our state, not in a good way.

Kermit on June 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Dewhurtst is as elitist as they come. look into his top agenda a few years ago; he wanted a law created so he could bring his own wine to restaurants. not to mention steriod testing all high school athletes and backing Perry’s plan to give junior high school girls shots against STD’s.

burserker on June 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Rick sidled up to Dewhurst, why I don’t know.
Well, yes I do.
Deep in their little hearts grows cronyism — large.
Ted Cruz is the man for this mission.
I’m not predictor, but the run-off won’t be close.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
^— I keep saying that to myself and it never
comes back lacking.
Not a thing lacks in the endeavor.

mickytx on June 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

mickytx on June 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Perry’s a mensch-and an true conservative.
Go Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

As a conservative Texan, I’m voting for Ted Cruz. In fact, technically, I already have. Dewhurst has run roughshod over conservative Texans too many times and frankly, I’m ready for new blood. As for John “Let me interfere with Tea Party campaigns in order to keep establishment Republicans in office” Cornyn, I would gladly vote him out of office too.

eyesights on June 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

The only reason Perry got booed was because he mentioned Dewhurst. I have been at the convention the last three days. Nobody likes Dewhurst here. The only person more of a pariah is the House speaker Joe Straus. When he took the stage to speak, they didn’t announce his name he is so unpopular.

The most shocking thing I learned after joining a Texas Tea Party was the extent to which RINOs where running the Texas House. That’s going to change this year.

Odysseus on June 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Dewhurst, a Republican moderate. He works more with the moderate republicans and moderate democrats than he does with conservative republicans in the state senate. Just look at all of the spending we’ve done in the last year in Washington. If the republicans in Washington fought for conservative principles we’d have saved billions, but they compromised with Harry Reid and Obama. Our future in this country would be looking better if Boehner stood with the likes of Jim Jordan.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/texas-legislature/guest-column-how-conservative-david-dewhurst/

Dewhurst wanted to increase taxes in 2005, via a “wage tax” (aka income tax).

http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2005-05-10-WSJ-taxes.pdf

Dewhurst decided it was quitting time when a strong TSA gropping bill was being voted on in the House.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/29/3189812/blame-game-ensues-after-tsa-pat.html

http://www.dallasblog.com/201105251008108/dallas-blog/lt.-gov.-dewhurst-favors-intrusive-airport-searches.html

Dewhurst’s lack of help on higher ed.
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/05/19/david-dewhurst-embraces-the-dewcrist-label-and-openly-declares-war-on-conservatives/

Dewhurst has done some good things since he’s been in office. We need conservative fighters in DC now that can articulate our message. Cruz fits that description.

Backing Dewhurst is a win win for Perry. If Dewhurst wins, then Perry doesnt have to deal with him anymore. Dewhurst owes Perry in the next legislative session if he loses.

ritewhit on June 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

If you can find 10 white folks who voted for either Eddie Bernice OR Sheila Jackson Lee,I’ll eat an armadillo. Yeah, that’s not politically correct to say, but it’s true.

Tom Servo on June 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I can not only find you 10 white folks that voted for EBJ, but I can introduce you to them as well. Heck, they not only voted for her but worked to get her elected, several times.

Gets lots of BBQ sauce for that armadillo.

cozmo on June 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

sad isn’t it?
Then there’s this guy…

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/John-Wiley-Price-investigation-about-accounting-156045695.html

workingclass artist on June 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Wish I’d see that this was written by Jazz before I started reading it. I wouldn’t have read it. Anywho .. who is surprised that Jazz is upset that people are not excited about candidates who bow to Democrat demands? (Not that that is Dewhurst – who I know next to nothing about.)

Jazz – you know what meme is getting old? The “martyred moderate” meme.

besser tot als rot on June 9, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I hate to be the voice of Mike Castle in this thread, but if Cruz wins the nomination, we face the specter of a reverse Scott Brown. A Democrat could actually win this seat, as Texas is not as far right as NYC libs assume.

Everything about Dewhurst’s resume screams conservatism, competence, and qualifications. Cruz does not have the experience, either in or out of government, to merit a Senate seat.

Yea RINOS.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on June 9, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Here is the REAL problem with Dewhurst: He is NOT so much a RINO, but a ‘negotiator’ first and a conservative a distant second. He cuts deals to minimizes contention, willing the do parliamentarian kabuki theater to give APPEARANCES of more action than they allow. He’s an instrument and a member of the ‘Powers That Be’ and simply knows no other way to function.

In Texas, the ‘Powers That Be’ are fairly conservative, so he has a so-so record here. If he goes to DC, he’ll going in with the mushy McConnell crew. Cruz will team up with the fiscal hawks, all of whom have endorsed Ted. With the horrific fiscal issues we have, we need less McConnells, more DeMints. NOTHING is solid about Dewhurst.

As for the ‘rudeness’, this is the man who has ducked at least 35 forums to avoid the ‘Great Unwashed’ and unleashed the nastiest, lie-filled mud-slinging at the last minute. Support for Cruz was over 80% at the GOP convention; across traditional Republicans, Tea Parties, social conservative and Ron Paul supporters. Dewhurst didn’t reach 85 of convention delegates. He is STRICTLY a creature the the Austin special interests.

michaelo on June 9, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Everything about Dewhurst’s resume screams conservatism, competence, and qualifications.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on June 9, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Everything except everything that’s already been mentioned in this thread showing his lack of conservatism, you mean – right?

Please, let’s keep sending career politicians to DC because they are “qualified”- it’s worked really well so far.

WhaleBellied on June 10, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Texas and the nation have nothing to gain by sending David Dewhurst to the United States Senate. His passion is for more power and influence, not to assure preservation of our constitutional rights and liberties.

In fact, the only people who do stand to gain are the Governor of Texas and any conservative-leaning state senators who are scared for their political futures if he remains as the lieutenant governor. There are rumblings that he has made it known to these Texas politicians, including the Governor, that their agendas are dead on arrival if they come out for his opponents and he (Dewhurst) is not elected to the Senate. In Texas, the lieutenant governor has that kind of legislative power – one has to wonder why he hasn’t used it to further those conservative principles that he currently claims to hold so dear.

Are those rumblings true? Only the principals and their trusted minions know for sure, but the signs are there. Take the self-proclaimed champion of conservatism, Senator Dan Patrick (State Senate District 7 in Houston). Senator Patrick campaigned on, and was handily elected and re-elected on, being the conservative voice of the people in Austin. He has been very effective for the most part, but has a tendency to get agitated and defensive on those instances when he is called out by citizens for compromising his conservative roots, usually retorting that he has to give some on his agenda in order to get support for other items. Probably true, but it begins to sound familiar.

But the point is that Senator Patrick, truly as close to a real conservative as we have in any legislative body in this country, is scared to death to come out in support of Ted Cruz, who is light-years closer to him in political philosophy than David Dewhurst ever has been or ever will be. When callers to his radio show question him about his lack of endorsement, this highly articulate and smart guy gets flustered and defensive and quickly diverts the discussion. Having listened to, and, for the most part, admired this man’s positions over several years, I can only conclude that he has been warned. The only reasonable explanation is that David Dewhurst is playing some political hardball.

One can say that is just politics, but why should we perpetrate and promote it? People like David Dewhurst will fit well in Washington. They are experts at going along to get along. We don’t need that. We need to send people who will help us get control of our Government, not help our Government tighten control over us.

gepaza on June 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Ted Cruz is a constitutional conservative.
David Dewhurst is a limp-wristed establishment Republican.
Texans know the difference.
Texans know what is needed in Washington.
Texans know we don’t need no mamby-pamby Republican senator like Dewhurst willing to “walk across the aisle” a phrase that’s become fightin’ words and for good reason. Every time Republicans “walk across the aisle” the citizens lose a little more of their freedom!
Texans know we need a winner, a strong conservative, who will give ‘em hell in Washington DC.
That’s Ted Cruz!

Mark7788 on June 10, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Tom Servo on June 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM nailed it. My own missive included one typo – Dewhurst’s allowing the Rosebush Bill each senate session allowed Texas democrat minority to block many important conservative bills.

With the redistricting, I lost Dan Patrick as my State Senator, Dwayne Bohac as my State Rep, and I am still stuck with Queen Sheila as my US Representative. Needless to say, it has not been a particularly happy time for me recently. I’m hoping that getting Cruz elected will help take some of the sting out of the situation.

golfer1 on June 10, 2012 at 4:57 AM

Before the Perry bashing commences, to know him is to know a real man and mensch. It is a great privilege.

Loyalty is a fine, and rare these days (see Judas Richardson of NM) trait.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

It’s clear, then, that you have a different definition of “real man” than I do – in my book, real men’s first inclinination isn’t to say “heartless” about fellow Conservatives under the circumstance Perry did, and real men don’t get dictatorial and lie the way Perry did regarding his involvement with Gardasil.

You don’t like passive-aggressiveness – open your eyes further, and notice that Perry has an unacknowledged streak of it within himself…

Bizarro No. 1 on June 10, 2012 at 6:11 AM

I hate to be the voice of Mike Castle in this thread, but if Cruz wins the nomination, we face the specter of a reverse Scott Brown. A Democrat could actually win this seat, as Texas is not as far right as NYC libs assume.

Everything about Dewhurst’s resume screams conservatism, competence, and qualifications. Cruz does not have the experience, either in or out of government, to merit a Senate seat.

Yea RINOS.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on June 9, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Comparing TX to DE like you are is ridiculous. Where your evidence that Cruz has any of 0′Donnell’s undermining flaws?

I’ve asked for people to give me substantive policy differences between Dewhurst and Cruz. The closest I’ve ever heard is that Dewhurst is a McConnell-style Republican, while Cruiz is a DeMint-style Republican.

As someone who respects McConnell and DeMint both, I can’t say that really sways me. I’m willing to acknowledge the Maine sisters, and former Senator Specter as RINOs. I think Murkowski and Hutchison are both RINOs. I think McCain is less of a RINO than the aforementioned ones, but still has RINO in him nonetheless. But McConnell? I can’t say I really have a problem with him.

If folks want to hang Dewhurst for being insufficiently conservative, then there needs to be some policy-basis to point to for how and why Cruz is a superior choice.

Stoic Patriot on June 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You don’t see a difference between McConnell and Demint, especially when it comes to temperament? Wow!!!

DeMint’s no backstabber, and unfortunately, I can’t say the same about McConnell…it’ll be a sorry day in TX if Cruz loses to a political animal like Dewhurst.

Bizarro No. 1 on June 10, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Glad to see so many people are paying attention. I sent a tip to HotGas about Perry getting booed a few minutes after it happened last week. Dewhurst is not terrible but he is very status quo. He got Lt. Gov on his second try. I walked blocks in my neighborhood for him.

He waited until his third session to allow a voter ID to come to a vote.

He worked to kill sanctuary city laws and the senators he protected felt the heat (did Wentworth make a run-off?) and the rep chair of the committee that allowed the boilerplate language somebody linked previously saw almost 40% vote for an unknown. Tommy Williams, we are watching you).

Not only did he kill Sen. Patrick’s bill to reign in the TSA, he mocked him and those of us that supported that bill.

He allows 11 dems in a 32 seat senate chamber to block legislation.

I don’t want him dissapointing me any longer. Go Cruz.

DanMan on June 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I urge all of my fellow Texans to support Ted Cruz! Dewhurst is a absolute RINO!
keepingthecountryred on June 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I don’t know whose sock-puppet you are but give it a rest, eh?

CorporatePiggy on June 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Having been more involved in Texas politics than I ever really wanted to be, my expectation and hope is that it will be Cruz supporters who turnout on July 31. I WANTED to vote for Cruz in the primary and I WANT to vote for him again.

I suspect that many of the votes Dewhurst received the first time around were just passive votes (name recognition, he hasn’t done anything really bad, Perry endorsed him, etc.). I suspect most people were far more interested and invested in other races and will only care about the Senate race in November.

It’s like the fact that it’s easier to turn out negative votes (people that are mad at an incumbent) than supporters.

I know a few strong Cruz supporters but so far the best I’ve found for Dewhurst are people who think he’s okay.

bertielou on June 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

A very uncomfortable fact about my beloved State is that it’s becoming more and more urbanized with the kind of progressive left/entitlement/sanctuary city mentality that comes with it.
Bernice and Jackson will soon become the norm NOT the exception if Texans don’t act and fast!!

The mainstrean GOP with a super majority in both houses, still believes that overcoming this is through moderation. Both Dewhurst and Joe Strauss the House speaker appointed either RINOs or Dims to important committee chairmanships to counter any Conservative legislation being put forth for a vote.

Don’t know how long it’s been since you lived here Jazz but Texas Dims are as mendacious and unethical a bunch as their National brothers and sisters. The Charlie Wilson type democrats have gone the way of the dodo. SJL is the new face of Texas Dims

Texas could very well become a swing state, jack wagons like you better get informed and FAST!!

sanjuro on June 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Jazz, you’re right. You don’t live in TX. You don’t have to pay the high property (and other) taxes that go, in large part, to subsidize the illegal population from south of the border. People are not happy with Perry or Dewhurst, why? B/c we don’t have in place an Arizon or Alabama styile immigration policy. You see Perry is in the hip pocket of the US Chamber and big biz. Those who are addicted to the cheap labor that continues to flow across the border. The people of TX are suffering mightily as a result of that, however. If Perry runs again, I expect him to lose after his miserable performance in the POTUS race. Many of us did not support him in that, by the way. DD

Darvin Dowdy on June 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM

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