Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a polarizing politician. Depending where one lands on the political spectrum, Cruz is either loved or loathed, inspiring or infuriating.
Tallied among his proponents, The Houston Chronicle‘s editorial board had endorsed Ted Cruz’s congressional crusade—reservedly so, they say—but that no longer seems the case.
Ted Cruz can no longer count on support from his hometown daily.
In an editorial entitled “Why we miss Kay Bailey Hutchison,” the Chronicle contrasts Ted Cruz with his political predecessor, whose Senate seat he holds. Unlike Cruz, Hutchison was willing to accept concessions when requisite, and they miss her “extraordinary understanding of the importance of reaching across the aisle.”
The Chronicle adds that Hutchison would be able to aid in remedying the dilemmas in Washington because her continued presence would simply mean Ted Cruz would not be in the Senate.
When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation – that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator.
Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.
The board then postulates that Ted Cruz’s fellow aspirant for the Republican nomination, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, might have been more amenable to following Hutchison’s example than Cruz.
The board evoked Cruz’s 21-hour filibuster in protestation of the Affordable Care Act when remarking on the “toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington.”
With a vote expected soon, Sen.Ted Cruz asserted Wednesday that he had no designs on similarly derailing a Senate vote to end the current government shutdown.
“I have nothing to gain from delaying this vote by one or two days,” said Cruz.