Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is up for re-election in 2018, and this is not an election that conservatives can afford to take lightly. His challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, is a questionable figure who has been rightfully critiqued by Cruz as “too liberal” for the conservative state of Texas.
Texas is not a state that conservatives can afford to lose — it is perhaps the last large state Republicans can rely on during general elections – the salt of the earth folks who really form the backbone of what we know as America. Culturally as well as politically, Texas is at the center of many things that conservatives have going for themselves.
Ted Cruz, like him or not, is the best representative of the good in Texas. He is a proven, battle tested conservative on the issues that matter. His Hispanic heritage does not stop him from being tough on immigration. He did not let Parkland students badger him into running away from the Second Amendment. He is a strong and stalwart fixture on the national political scene as well. His bid for the presidency, tainted as it was by Donald Trump’s media mastery, raised his status to a leader in the Republican party.
If Cruz can be taken out, then conservatives really do not have a staunch public figure on which to hang its hat. Marco Rubio is too weak. Trump himself cannot hold up the entire banner of conservatism on his own — he needs strong allies in Congress.
This is one of the most important mid term elections that conservatives have seen in a very long time.
These issues are exacerbated by the legacy of Congressman O’Rourke. This is a man who has unsuccessfully tried to hide very liberal policies under the banner of being a centrist and doing what is “best for the entire state of Texas.” Despite his views, we must concede that O’Rourke is a legitimate threat. His fundraising is quite good. He currently has raised more money than Cruz for the first quarter of 2018. O’Rourke brought down a haul of $6.7 million in the first three months of the year.
Cruz is fighting back, showcasing that he still has his finger on the pulse of what conservative, common sense Texans want to hear. His campaign is based around the slogan “Tough as Texas,” which shows that he is ready for the fight ahead. He is also getting right with the issues. Cruz is all about securing the Mexican border. He is on the right side of the gun debate, and if his public performance during the gun debacle is any indication, he will not be moving on that anytime soon. He is defending the Constitution, which is not only good for Texas, but also the rest of the nation.
Cruz was recently joined at an event by the family of one of the Dallas police officers who was gunned down by a sniper during an attack on the force. He also conferred honors on two other police offers who were seriously injured while on duty, Fort Worth officer Matt Pearce and Danny Shaw, Jr., a Department of Public Safety officer.
O’Rourke, for all of his money, does not have the clout to get this kind of grassroots support from the people who really matter in Texas. He has been making the rounds in the well heeled circles, gathering funds. However, he is definitely missing something when it comes to the average Texan. This is exactly why he can be beaten.
It is up to the average Texan to take this election seriously. O’Rourke has the funds to make a bit of noise in the media. If this becomes an election based on money, then Cruz and Texas may be in for quite a ride. The average Texan must close his or her ears to the oncoming media onslaught and turn to common sense and good judgment. If this is the case, the Cruz will glide back into his position quite easily.
It is this simple – if Texas treats this mid term as important, things will go right. If people get lazy, then we may have a new lawmaker to deal with.
~ Conservative Zone