August 28, 2012 | 6 comments
Ted Cruz may be the Tea Party choice, but can he overcome David Dewhurst’s connections?
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“We were only pointing out the fact that Ted Cruz serves on the board of a group that supports amnesty,” campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch told TAS.
He also defended the lieutenant governor’s record and cited Dewhurst’s role in defunding Planned Parenthood and balancing the budget without raising taxes.
“David Dewhurst will never compromise his conservative principles, and he never has,” Hirsch said. “That’s a strong proven conservative record, which Ted Cruz doesn’t have.”
Meanwhile, the Cruz campaign has focused on Dewhurst’s “tax-and-spend record.” For instance, Texas has no state income tax, but in 2005 Dewhurst pushed for a “wage tax” that the Wall Street Journal called “a fancy disguise for a personal income tax.”
Cruz told TAS that “my opponent has spent fifteen years in elected office, cutting deals, repeatedly compromising with Democrats to increase spending and taxes.”
Throughout the campaign, Cruz has taken that message to the Tea Party. As it is, Texas Tea Partiers were alienated by Dewhurst’s role in killing a bill last year that would have restricted TSA agents from conducting airport pat-downs. The lieutenant governor supposedly backed down when the federal government threatened to shut down Texas airports.
“You cannot find a Tea Party leader in the state of Texas that’s supporting David Dewhurst,” Cruz said. “That’s like a fish on a bicycle — it’s something that doesn’t exist.”
In the end, it is those Tea Partiers who may have the power to put Cruz into office.
“Republicans deserved to lose in 2008. We didn’t stand for anything; we had lost our principles,” Cruz said. The Tea Party movement, he asserted, is “the best thing to happen to the party since the Reagan revolution in 1980.”
But is the movement actually sustainable or would it, like so many grassroots movements before it, merely sting and die?
Cruz clearly disagreed with the latter, playfully quoting Mark Twain: “Rumors of our death are much exaggerated.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?