Senator Ted Cruz was sent to Congress from Texas, a place with a history of larger-than-life characters in boots and Stetsons. Senator Cruz is Texan brash, not deferential with his elders and betters from the American GOP Northeast where, unlike his fellow Texan George Bush, he has no establishment family heritage. Worst of all, he seems actually to believe the gruel that the party dishes out to its voter base and pushes it in public. He has to be disposed of and the Sarah Palin-izing of the Senator is under way. conducted jointly by the Democrats, the Republican leadership and the media. We can’t have real power in the hands of some nut who really believes in the Constitution!
Palin, and before her, Judge Robert Bork and V.P. Dan Quayle were famously forced into obscurity by media campaigns when their ascensions to positions of power were opposed by leading elites. The big guns are now being turned on Ted Cruz. His is the same sin as the others mentioned: He is not one of the gang. Palin, the most recent of these, had even dumped crooked Republicans as Governor of Alaska. Such troublemakers don’t fit in.
Senator Cruz though, is not an easy victim. He’s a bona-fide Hispanic success story, something the Democrats claim to admire. He’s no easy target in debate and seems to understand the uses of electronic media. And the major news media have thrown away their own credibility with a lot of people who once, might have listened to their attacks. It is going to be very interesting and very nasty.
But the GOP no longer has an obvious reason to exist, beyond that it isn’t the Democrats, exactly. It isn’t the anti-Democrats exactly, either. It has become neither fish nor fowl and is slowly but steadily being spit from the voters’ mouths, seems to me. Third party talk is heard now, aimed at the Republicans, not the Democrats. Too many of both stayed home at the last election and that is not a good thing.
American society is fracturing between the young and the old, the religious and the unbelievers and between those who hold the classical liberal views of the Founders and those who favor entitlement and its enabling Big Government. There is no longer a political party representing the ‘conservative’ side of our social split, a job once held by Republicans, at least in the public mind. Senator Cruz seems to represent an attempt to put the GOP at the front of that parade again.
To succeed, Senator Cruz seems likely to have to lead his troops over the dead bodies of the entire Northeastern Republican Establishment, a group now interested in leading its troops over the dead body of Ted Cruz. This battle is the public face of the larger cultural and social battle going on in America; its result will be historical and prophetic for the GOP and perhaps, for the country.