Ted Cruz: Doing Exactly What He Said He Would Do

4 Mar
Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

I recently posted about how I loved that Elizabeth Warren was doing exactly what politicians expected she would do when she was elected.  Unfortunately, I have to say the same thing about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).  He is doing what everyone expected, which is why Texas voted for him.  A recent Politico Opinion article by former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) states the case that critics don’t like what he is doing because he is

…a new senator who ran a campaign of “no more business as usual.” No more special interest politics, no more backroom deals — and he won. He came to Washington, and he delivered. He didn’t stay quiet, he spoke passionately for what he believed in, and he made it clear he planned to shake up the status quo. (Politico | Opinion: Jim DeMint: Ted Cruz Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers)

You could almost read that quote like basically every elected official you love in Washington (and out of context, it could even be attributed to Barack Obama).  To be honest, I didn’t put much thought into him because like most Tea Party Republicans, I usually dismiss them because their ideology seems to overrule their pragmatism.  I cannot objectively say either way whether Cruz has done that.  However, you can’t say that he lied to the people of Texas.  They knew what they were getting into when they selected Cruz over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Senate Republican primary.

If Cruz has ruffled feathers in Congress, that means he’s doing his job. Voters want Washington to be shaken out of its complacency. The last thing we need is another status quo senator or a congressman who goes along to get along. That’s how we got into the mess we’re in in the first place. Cruz’s honest and common-sense leadership should be commended, not criticized. (Politico | Opinion: Jim DeMint: Ted Cruz Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers)

I could never agree that Cruz has “common-sense leadership”, but I’ll go to the mat for him that he’s honest.  Now it remains to be seen whether he can grow to the status of the conservative equivalent of a liberal lion that Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and be respected by both sides of the aisle.  Let’s see…

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One Response to “Ted Cruz: Doing Exactly What He Said He Would Do”

  1. realpolitiknewsandviews March 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    I warned about Cruz(better: he warned us about himself) six months ago! http://realpolitiknewswithviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/the-great-moderate-exodus-of-2012/

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