Ted Cruz: Conservative Leader Extraordinaire

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 and is filed under Blog

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If you want to know what to look for in a perspective congressional candidate, look no further than Ted Cruz.  He exemplifies everything we need in a senator in this tumultuous time.

Over the past few years, it has become clear that in order to fundamentally restore our constitutional republic, it is not enough to elect just any Republican, especially one who will coalesce around the party establishment.  We need leaders who are willing to stand up to leadership in both parties.  This week, Ted Cruz has shown once again why he exemplifies that imperative.

When asked whether he would vote for John Cornyn as Republican Whip, Ted replied that he would withhold judgment until he sees how many “constitutional conservatives’ got elected.’”  The clear implication of Cruz’s equivocation was that Cornyn is not a constitutional conservative leader, and he would wait to see if there’s more support for a better candidate once he is elected to the Senate.

Moreover, Cruz’s hesitance to endorse Cornyn for Whip shows a much deeper level of courage than appears on the surface.  If Cruz is elected to the Senate, Cornyn would be his senior senator from Texas.  It is almost unprecedented for a member of the same delegation and the same party to oppose his colleague’s leadership bid.  Also, Cornyn is the current chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), an organization that is vital in funneling money and resources to senate candidates.  Yet, Cruz has no compunction in declining to support Cornyn upfront.

It is narratives like this that demonstrate to us how a candidate would perform in elected office.  It is abundantly clear that Ted Cruz would oppose McConnell and the GOP leadership when necessary, which unfortunately, is all too often.  We need more Ted Cruz’s for this election cycle.