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    Ted Cruz for Senate

    Ted Cruz for Senate

    I have not had as much of a chance to focus on the Texas Senate primary as I would have liked.  My inclination was to back Ted Cruz early on, but I just didn’t have the time to do the research.  But I have been following the race, listening to Cruz’s interviews, and learning as much as I could over the past couple of months as time allowed.

    Cruz has been working hard as an insurgent candidate, similar to what Richard Mourdock did in Indiana.  David Dewhurst is not an incumbent, but he’s the establishment candidate and has far more money than Cruz.

    But unlike Lugar, there’s no reason that I have seen to think Dewhurst would be  a Lugar in the Senate.  The race is not, in my view, an anti-Dewhurst narrative.

    We need someone who will be a solid conservative leader in the Senate and the party, someone who will fight hard for principle, and who has the history to give us comfort.  From everything I have seen, Cruz has the leadership qualities needed to distinguish between two conservative candidates.

    Sound-bite:  “It’s the leadership.”

    The gap is closing, with Dewhurst’s lead down to single digits.  As we saw in the Mourdock-Lugar race, when the electoral dam breaks, it breaks big.  And the momentum appears to be with Cruz, at least enough to force a run-off election:

    Texas’ Republican primary for U.S. Senate is close — and could be headed for a July 31 runoff — with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst holding a single-digit lead over former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

    Dewhurst had the support of 40 percent of likely voters, followed by Cruz at 31 percent. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert had 17 percent and broadcaster and former football player Craig James was at 4 percent, with five other GOP candidates bringing up the rear.

    Daron Shaw, a UT-Austin government professor and co-director of the poll, said Cruz has been able to position himself to the right of the lieutenant governor for a May 29 Republican primary where that’s a big advantage — and he’s done that in a year in which insurgent candidates have been scoring big wins against establishment Republicans.

    At a minimum, let the two face off in a run-off election.  If I could vote, I’d vote for Ted Cruz.


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    Texpat | May 22, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Bill, for the record, I have posted here before though it has been a while. I am a native Texan and was a resident for over 50 years in that great state.

    While I was an early booster of Ted Cruz and published a couple of profiles in 2010 of Cruz for the currently shuttered Lone Star times blog, Ted has not been all that I would like him to be. That being said, he is still, by far, a superior candidate to David Dewhurst.

    The following was added to a Paul Mirengoff column today at Powerline blog by the esteemed Steven Hayward describing his encounter with Lt. Governor Dewhurst:

    “STEVE adds: I really should have said something about this race before now. I’ve known Ted Cruz slightly since the late 1990s, since shortly after he clerked at the Supreme Court for Chief Justice Rehnquist. A very solid guy. I’ve also had a very unpleasant run-in with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Last year my writing partner Ken Green and I wrote a study for the Texas Public Policy Foundation about the energy sector in Texas, in which, among other things, we argued that the state government should not use its heavy hand to tilt the playing field against coal and toward natural gas, even though Ken and I are both great fans of natural gas. We think the market should decide. (And it is–the winner is: natural gas.) The study made no mention of Dewhurst, but he took offense anyway, and summoned me to his office in the capitol building in Austin and worked me over for about an hour. It became clear that he is an old fashioned petty corrupt pol who believes in using the power of government to help his friends and favored interests (he made his own personal fortune in the natural gas business). I’ve met a lot of politicians over the years, but he was perhaps the single most unappealing and offensive one I’ve ever met, in either party.”

    ConservTexan | May 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I am a longtime reader of LI, and an enthusiastic one. Professor Jacobsen is doubtless referring to me suspiciously as someone who appears only periodically in these comments, and then does so at length. To that, I plead guilty — with an explanation.

    I read a number of blogs, and comment only when I believe I have unique information. I typically do not throw in my cheap political opinions unless I have special knowledge or facts to back my point of view. For example, I have turned to LI three-four times a day recently to keep abreast of Fauxahontas E. Warren, but I have never been close to posting about her. She taught at University of Texas law school for a while, but I can’t find anyone here who has anything new or pertinent to add about her. I know nothing special — I wouldn’t know her if she hit me with a tomahawk — so I keep my counsel. That’s the way I roll.

    I’ve lived in Texas for a long time. I know the politics here and most of the players well. This is a huge, diverse, complicated state. It pains me when national commentators come in and make two-dimensional statements about situations that have a rich, nuanced and somewhat disparate history. I really got active in those few weeks when Rick Perry was the flavor of the month in the presidential primary, because I had first-hand information about him, and a point of view, that was often not being represented in national blogs or mainstream media. Now the spotlight turns for a day or two to Texas’s U.S. Senate race, and here I am again.

    Professor, I don’t believe you should dismiss occasional posters like myself simply because I don’t have the comment totals that others among your fans do. Judge me instead on the quality of my contributions, especially their factual content, not on their number. (I will admit my posts, when they come, are long, perhaps excessively so, and I’m grateful they are not censored.) There should be room among your blog followers for selective commenters as well as prolific ones.

    By the way, looking at TexPat’s comment above, the Hayward anecdote has a couple of “minor” problems. Dewhurst made his fortune in co-generation, not in natural gas. It must have been galling for Hayward, a casual drop-in to the energy business, to be lectured by a public official who has spent much of his business career in it. More importantly, Texas government (including Dewhurst and Perry) are at war with the EPA, which is doing everything possible to run coal plants — in Texas and elsewhere — out of business. So the ad hominem anecdote is entertaining, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    no2liberals | May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I live in Dallas and refer to LI often, though not as often since the ‘inevitable one’ became the default nominee.

    I proudly voted for Ted Cruz for many reasons, not the least being his victory at SCOTUS on the Jose Medellin debacle.

    When the case was argued before the Supreme Court on Oct. 10, R. Ted Cruz, the Texas solicitor general, argued that the president had gone beyond his authority, and that if he wanted to enforce the World Court’s judgment he should have asked Congress for authorization to do so.

    “In over 200 years of our nation’s history, I’m not aware of any other directive from the president directly to the state courts and state judges,” Cruz said, in a presentation that the majority found persuasive.

    As for Dewhurst, we already have far too many gop-e clones in Congress.

    Also, having been a resident of Dallas for the past twenty one years, I wouldn’t have voted for Tom Leppert to be re-elected for Mayor, much less the Senate. He wants to take credit for reducing crime in Dallas, when that credit goes to Police Chief David Kunkle. Leppert’s actions on behalf of his Sugar Daddy T. Boone Pickens in pushing the CNG(compressed natural gas) vehicles on all the commercial vehicles in the Dallas area was egregious. There was no concern for the cost or effects of this effort, only what HE wanted.

    Jay Nordlinger has written favorably about Ted Cruz many times, and I concur with his opinion of our next Senator. I can hardly wait until we can rid our state of Cornyn in a few years.

    Texpat | May 24, 2012 at 10:46 am


    RE: Your assertion that Falcon Seaboard had nothing to do with natural gas

    Exactly how do you think Dewhurst’s company’s three plants generated all that power ? With firewood ? Falcon Seaboard had extensive natural gas holdings both onshore and offshore.

    Good grief. Do you know anything about the cogen business ?

    RE: Your assertion Steven Hayward is a “drop-in” to the natural gas arena.

    Hayward has been writing and researching energy, oil & natural gas, environmentalism and government policy since the 1990s for organizations like the American Enterprise Institute. The Texas Public Policy Foundation did not choose Hayward to write their report because he doesn’t know the industry.

    Also, Hayward never questioned Dewhurst’s knowledge or experience regarding natural gas. What he did do was question Dewhurst’s personal integrity for unflinchingly exerting his political authority to game the system by creating governmental obstacles for his favored fuel source. Distorting free market incentives is the tool of hack politicians with no faith in capitalism and open market enterprise results. It’s more principally called economic liberty, but Dewhurst obviously doesn’t care.

    Again, you appear to not know what you are talking about reinforcing the perception you are just a shill for David Dewhurst.

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