|Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke are dragging national politics into a race in a state that|
cherishes our own homegrown politicians--neither can really relate.
Well, September is here and once again the eyes of the entire are on Texas, where Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke are locked in what pollsters say is a pretty tight race for the junior senator seat in the Lone State State.
The Texas Senate race between Cruz and O’Rourke has gotten national attention in part due to Cruz being the state’s mouthpiece for Trumper’s and O’Rourke being the publicity junky that he seems to be.
The blue wave that many say is coming like a freight train to the state will likely be little more than a trickle, but it has caused enough of a concern among republicans at the national level to influence them to host a rally at “Jerryland” with President Trump leading the charge at the event.
Cruz, who made a lot of enemies in the state that he claims as his own, when he ran for president yet again this last time. Cruz was labeled as “Lyin’ Ted” by the man that Cruz will now rely on to help him keep his seat. What was at one time a bitter fued between the two now seems to me more of a case where Trump is learning how to play national politics the best way that he can.
Trump seems to be like most republican voters in the state--growing weary of Cruz. But seriously, with candidates like Stefano de Stefano, Mary Miller, Bruce Jacobson, Jr, and Geraldine Sams, was there any question who the GOP nominee was going to be? Not really.
David Dewhurst has been Cruz’s only real force to recon with so far, and even though Dewhurst out spent Cruz, Cruz won because of Dewhurst’s image issues.
It is a proven fact that Texas republicans support Ted Cruz because they really don’t have any other republican to vote for--not because they largely like him.
The last Texas Democrat to hold a Senate seat was Bob Krueger back in 1993 when he replaced Lloyd Bentsen, who stepped down to become treasury secretary under former president Bill Clinton. Following that, Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison took over the seat and republicans have had the seat ever since.
O’Rourke’s popularity among Democrats and millennials is a focus point that liberals in this state are hoping will help flip the seat. That is highly unlikely. Why? Because O’Rourke is playing national politics and has identified as a national democrat and even true Texas democrats won’t go fo the agenda of the national democratic party.
The O’Rourke campaign is doing a few things the right way. They are encouraging debate, using social media to their advantage and playing the national media like a vintage fiddle. But what really needs to happen is O’Rourke needs to put some distance between himself and the national democratic party the same way the Cruz needs to distance himself from the Trumper’s, because in Texas lingo “that will come back to bite you in the ass one day.”
For Texas political junkies from both parties, that day can’t come soon enough so we can get back to what Texans love doing best--being Texans.