Yesterday, ending a busy and fruitless week of bluster and haranguing for no discernible result, Ted Cruz capped it off by appearing via telelink at the Texas Tribune’s Tribfest in Austin. When asked point-blank by moderator Evan Smith if he would endorse his Texas colleague in the Senate for re-election, he said no. He then made some ameliorating noises about what a fine fellow Cornyn is. But the noises did not add up — or come close — to a recommendation to re-elect him.
As a traditional conservative I have complicated feelings on this. Cornyn is a mediocrity, a typical Republican corporate puppet, with no real purpose to serving in the Senate except being in the Senate. Cruz, on the other hand, is the consummate dogmatist, a one-man wrecking ball. I’d be more than happy to see Cornyn go. In fact, I’d be elated. But to be replaced by what? Too many wrecking balls, and you end up with a wreck.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Texas could elect someone for anything –governor, senator, dogcatcher — who actually gets things done? Am I being dragged kicking and screaming into becoming a Democrat?
I miss Kay Bailey Hutchison.
UPDATE: As in most things, the redoubtable Scott Galupo at The American Conservative says it better than I did: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/gop-activists-vs-donorists-pick-your-poison/