Not Endorsing Donald Trump Has Gravely Hurt Ted Cruz in His Home State of Texas, But He Still Has a Chance to Hold On to His Senate Seat. Here’s How.
by Lee Enochs
Major trouble is brewing for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as Breitbart.com and other news agencies report that Cruz has taken a massive hit in a new favorability poll among likely Texas voters. More than 60 percent of those polled said they had an unfavorable opinion of the freshman senator.
This is big news in my world since I lived in Texas for six years. That’s right; from 2008 to 2014, I lived deep in the heart of Texas where I finally earned my elusive bachelor’s degree at a Southern Baptist seminary. During that time, I came to appreciate and vote for the liberty-minded Senator Ted Cruz.
In fact, I still recall to this day, the very moment in 2012, when I personally observed on statewide television, Ted Cruz utterly manhandle and verbally pistol whip former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in a televised primary debate.
During his debate with Dewhurst, Ted Cruz proved to be a formidable debater and eloquent conservative force to be reckoned with.
Ted Cruz was a champion debater and top student at Princeton and Harvard Law School and went on to be the Solicitor General of Texas where he argued and won several important cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
As the Junior Senator of Texas, Cruz wasted no time in becoming one of the most recognizable politicians in America and almost immediately skyrocketed to national fame as a champion for conservative causes.
Then Senator Cruz ran a great campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination but ran into the cultural force and political juggernaut known as the Donald Trump phenomenon. In other election cycles, Ted Cruz might have easily won the GOP nomination, but many conservatives decided to go with a wildcard candidate in Trump.
I personally believe Ted Cruz imploded in Cleveland and made a grave political mistake in speaking at the Republican Nomination and not endorsing Donald Trump.
The damage and fallout for Cruz has been staggering as many pundits believe that Cruz has committed something tantamount to career suicide. What outsiders to the political scene in Texas need to know is that the wheels are already turning and vultures are already flying above Cruz’s head and he will have to do everything in his power to circle the wagons and keep his senate seat down in Texas.
Already there is talk that powerful Texas Republican insiders plan to oust Cruz by defeating him in the 2018 primaries and replace him with Congressman Michael McCaul from Texas’ 10th Congressional district.
Michael McCaul would be a formidable opponent for Cruz since McCaul in the most wealthy U.S. Representative and has deep financial pockets at his disposal.
Cruz has faced wealthy opponents before in David Dewhurst, but his miscalculation in not endorsing Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland has alienated many of his former supporters in Texas.
The good news for Ted Cruz is that his next senate race is two years away and he still has time to mend fences in Texas and reconnect with the Tea Party base that elected him in the first place.
Ted Cruz can still save his political career in Texas and in the U.S. Senate but he will have to work hard to fight off the political insider machine that wants to replace him with an establishment candidate.