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Cruz Could Turn Texas Blue: GOP is following in Cruz's footsteps, that could give Dems an advantage
US News & World Report ^ | July 7, 2014 | Lauren Fox

Posted on 07/07/2014 5:59:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Some of Texas' moderate Republicans say the state's far-right turn since Sen. Ted Cruz's political ascendancy could have unintended consequences.

At a breakfast in Washington’s St. Regis Hotel in June, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, took a moment to gather his thoughts before he was ready to answer a question about how junior Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had changed his home state.

“Texas is pretty big and pretty diverse,” Perry said peering intently through his black horn-rimmed glasses. “I’m not sure one person has the ability to change all of that.”

A few seconds later, he clarified exactly where he think Cruz stands: “We all get our 15 seconds of fame.”

But two years after Cruz defeated Perry protege Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a runoff for the U.S. Senate, the freshman lawmaker’s resonance may stretch beyond what can be classified as initial buzz or beginner’s luck. Cruz has emerged as the symbol for the tea party, eclipsing darlings like Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., on the stump. Cruz’s Cinderella-style victory in Texas in 2012 redefined what was possible in a state where big money and well-connected names traditionally win races.

“Cruz proved that if you have sufficient resources to be credible, and you have authentic conservative credentials, you can win races that 10 years or more ago in Texas no one thought you could win,” says GOP state strategist Matt Mackowiak. “He has provided the playbook for how you win as an outsider.”

Rick Perry became Texas' political frontman after then-Gov. George W. Bush was elected president.

In Texas, George W. Bush was plugged into an elite base of donors who had supported his father as a congressman and for president. They were happy to write checks for the former president's son. Then, when Bush stepped aside to pursue his own presidential ambitions, Perry, the lieutenant governor, was anointed by the circumstance as the GOP's new frontman. But Perry continued to loom large until he decided his run was through. Cruz had no interest, however, in waiting his turn. And as he proved, no one in Texas has to stand in line for their chance to run.

This year, Cruz allies lined up in races across the state. Whether it was Sid Miller beating out moderate Tommy Merritt for agriculture commissioner or state Sen. Dan Patrick ousting Cruz's old rival Dewhurst from his own seat, numerous conservatives jockeyed to be the party's next rising star. But in their wake, they are leaving behind a more conservative Lone Star State. Come 2015, the Texas Senate is expected to be filled with more hard-liners promising to steer the state further to the right. There has even been considerable talk about a rules change that would limit the minority’s voice in the state’s Senate and give the majority Republican Party unchecked power in the state body.

“We’re supposed to be this very conservative state, and the people in Texas are, yet our legislature doesn’t always reflect that,” Republican Konni Burton, a tea party candidate from Fort Worth, told The Associated Press in May. Burton is running to replace state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, who is running for governor. “We are going in a different direction than many states, but I don’t think we are the only ones.”

Some more moderate Republicans in the state, however, say that far-right turn could have unintended consequences.

After all, Texas is growing, and fast. Between July 2012 and June 2013, the state’s population ballooned by more than 1,000 people per day. The rapid growth has put a strain on the state’s public services, social safety net and already dwindling water resources.

“The explosive growth we have in Texas is creating real challenges. We have huge drought. We need more highways. Our education system is nowhere near what it should be,” Mackowiak says.

If the state’s Republican leaders and legislators hold the tea party line on spending, some worry it could create a scenario where the state’s population could outpace its infrastructure. Crowded schools, water shortages and crumbling roads and bridges all create a scenario ripe for Democrats to seize upon. Democratic operatives are already laying the groundwork in Texas.

Jeremy Bird, the Obama re-election campaign's top field organizer, founded Battleground Texas in 2013 with one clear cut goal: turn Texas blue. The strategy was to take advantage of two factors. One, Democrats had to use the GOP’s inner party squabbles to their advantage (something the Republicans did in the late 1980s to get their message out when Texas was still reliably blue.) Second, Bird insisted Democrats needed to invest in awakening a sleeping giant – the minority vote in the state. Bird says there are currently 2.2 million unregistered voters in Texas who are Hispanic, black or Asian. In elections, if those voters came out to the polls and cast ballots at rates similar to the 2012 presidential election, Bird says it would be enough to turn Texas blue in 2014.

“Once they believe their votes can make a difference, we can actually turn things around,” Bird says. “If we could get the electorate looking like the population, it could be a different state today.”

Of course, mobilizing millions does not happen overnight. Battleground Texas has 17 field offices across the state and 20,000 volunteers who have not only signed up, but have worked signing up voters or making calls on a candidate’s behalf. It’s not just mobilizing voters, however. Democrats need to still make their case for why their party’s principles are more aligned with the unregistered voters.

Republicans in Texas, almost look to be making their job easier.

Instead of softening the rhetoric on immigrants, this year the party moved backward and drew a more contentious line in the sand. The party revised its platform so it no longer included the “Texas solution,” an immigration policy that was seen as a middle ground and had been hailed as a guide for the national GOP. Now, the party’s official stance is no longer to support in-state tuition for immigrants who entered the country illegally as kids. The new party platform voted on in June also does away with support for a national guest-worker program. The vote is not binding and doesn’t change current state law, but it is a reflection of which direction the GOP is moving in the state and it makes some pundits nervous to say the least.

“If Republicans overplay their hands on the issue of immigration, if we become intolerant or spiteful in our rhetoric, and if that rhetoric were codified, you would motivate a sleeping giant in the Hispanic vote,” says Jim McGrath, a Republican strategist who still serves as a spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush.

Cruz has continued to win the approval, however, of the tea party contingent in the state’s party that he helped ignite. At the GOP’s state convention in June, he overwhelmingly won the presidential straw poll and he attracted long lines of supporters who wanted their chance to talk with the senator they so admired.

But could all this banter and posturing come to an end?

“He is a comet streaking across the national skies, but comets either burn out or they fall to earth and kill all the dinosaurs. One or the other will happen to Ted Cruz,” says Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University.

As for Perry, he’s just not sure one man could reverse the state he served for more than 20 years so dramatically.

“The idea that a personality, in the political arena can change Texas may be a little bit outside the realm of reality,” Perry said. “Ask me in eight years if Sen. Cruz, has made an impact in the state. At this point in time, it is a little bit early to say that a junior senator would have substantively changed the state.”

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)


TOPICS: Texas; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: bush; cruz; delusional; democrats; gop; palin; republicans; rickperry; teaparty; tedcruz; texas
Full title: How Ted Cruz Could Turn Texas Blue: The GOP is following in Cruz's footsteps, but that could give Democrats an advantage in future elections.

I have a question for you: If this was true, do you think that USN&WR would print an article warning the Republicans about it? And if not, what is the purpose of such an article, do you think?

1 posted on 07/07/2014 5:59:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Its not remotely true. I really hope these junk articles go away after abortion Barbie loses by double digits. Getting annoying


2 posted on 07/07/2014 6:00:22 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can anyone from TX tell me if Abortion Barbie is campaigning with Caliph Baraq this week, or is she avoiding him?

http://austin.culturemap.com/news/city-life/07-06-14-president-obama-austin-fundraising-trip-traffic-robert-rodriguez-events/


3 posted on 07/07/2014 6:01:26 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These leftists are a huge joke


4 posted on 07/07/2014 6:03:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mental masturbation.

They only wish Texas would turn blue.

/johnny

5 posted on 07/07/2014 6:05:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Perry:

Once a 'rat always a 'rat?

6 posted on 07/07/2014 6:05:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nascarnation
Wouldn't matter either way. She has zero chance.

None.

/johnny

7 posted on 07/07/2014 6:06:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

By the way, Cruz on the Mark Levin show just said that the Mississippi election needs to be investigated with PROSECUTIONS if necessary!


8 posted on 07/07/2014 6:06:56 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Viennacon

Yes. This is a nonsense article.

One thing bothered me which is Perry’s reported dismissal of Cruz.

Yet I cannot necessarily believe this article, either in context of the quote or even if it is a real quote.
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9 posted on 07/07/2014 6:07:00 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: GeronL

The stench of desperation..these people are clearly unhinged.


10 posted on 07/07/2014 6:07:01 PM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Abortion Barbie flamed out. Tejas will be red for along time.


11 posted on 07/07/2014 6:07:07 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Viennacon

What did he say about the invasion?


12 posted on 07/07/2014 6:08:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, yes ... conservatives absolutely MUST take advice from the leftists in Big Media ...


13 posted on 07/07/2014 6:08:29 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: rainee

those hinges have long since rusted away completely


14 posted on 07/07/2014 6:09:05 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only problem is that Cruz (and Dan Patrick) seem to do VERY WELL with Hispanics - which is why 2014 will be another REPUBLICAN BLOWOUT, at least in Texas.

What this article is really trying to (patheticly) do is get other Republicans to stop supporting Cruz.

Good luck on that.


15 posted on 07/07/2014 6:09:11 PM PDT by BobL
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To: ifinnegan
Perry was quoted elsewhere dismissing Cruz.

I'm pretty sure he did. It wouldn't surprise me.

Perry isn't a conservative.

/johnny

16 posted on 07/07/2014 6:10:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ifinnegan

“One thing bothered me which is Perry’s reported dismissal of Cruz.”

What did you expect - Perry is OWNED by The Establishment. It’s no secret, at least here in Texas.


17 posted on 07/07/2014 6:10:44 PM PDT by BobL
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All news is good news. The US News headline reminded me to donate to Senator Cruz’s re-election campaign.


18 posted on 07/07/2014 6:12:07 PM PDT by Prolixus (We feed; they breed.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The article says Cruz and his allies are winning everywhere, Texas is conservative, but but but .....

Then ... Shark! .... Jump!


19 posted on 07/07/2014 6:15:06 PM PDT by Williams
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Blah, blah, blah ...


20 posted on 07/07/2014 6:15:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I agree she has zero chance, but interested if she’s thrown Obama over the stern in her campaign.


21 posted on 07/07/2014 6:17:21 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The only way you could make Texas blue would be to flood it with illegals, put them on the govt. dole, and them give them voting rights!

Wait a minute....that sounds like the Uniparty plan!!!!


22 posted on 07/07/2014 6:23:00 PM PDT by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: GeronL

Sen. Cruz releases 5th Legal Limit Report on Obama Administration’s attempts to expand federal power
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174680/posts

Ted Cruz, House Republicans, and their many secret meetings
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/3174028/posts

STEELE BLASTS CRUZ, PERRY FOR ‘PLAYING POLITICAL FOOTBALL’ WITH BORDER CHILDREN
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3171591/posts

Cruz: Immigrant Children Were Ordered By Human Traffickers To Cut Off Fingers, Ears Of Other Kids
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3171425/posts


23 posted on 07/07/2014 6:23:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: vmivol00
Even that won't work.

/johnny

24 posted on 07/07/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: vmivol00

my theory has always been that Eric Holders current voter id lawsuit against TX will get to a judge about a week before the election ...they’ll throw out the law ...then the illegals and double triple voters head to the polls


25 posted on 07/07/2014 6:27:22 PM PDT by thestob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not Likely.


26 posted on 07/07/2014 6:33:26 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s liberal fantasy, it’s wishing and hoping, it’s projection and evasion; all of it designed to focus on the demise, any demise, and any possible derailment of the phenomenon called Cruz.


27 posted on 07/07/2014 6:37:36 PM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MSNBC Contributor Fox Misinterprets Cruz In Order To Slam Him

Press Here

But Fox misconstrued Cruz’s comment in order to slam him, which is what MSNBC loves to do, after all. She complained, “But if we look what Ted Cruz has meant for the U.S. Senate even among his Republican colleagues who have tried to moderate him a little bit, he is one of those entrenched politicians. So I think it's hard for him to strike a populist tone.”

28 posted on 07/07/2014 6:39:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: JRandomFreeper

What’s your take on lefty attacks on Perry, like this one?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3177178/posts


29 posted on 07/07/2014 6:40:17 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama Balances Politics With Border Crisis

Obama administration prepares to ask Congress for help to stem tide of border crisis.

The Obama administration is expected to ask Congress this week to allocate $2 billion to combat the wave of young migrants pouring across the border.

By Lauren Fox July 7, 2014 | 3:29 p.m. EDT

That tough talk comes in conjunction with the administration’s order to send 150 additional border patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley where many of the children are crossing from Mexico. The administration is also looking at ways to increase the number of immigration lawyers in an effort to process cases more quickly.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/07/07/obama-balances-politics-with-border-crisis


30 posted on 07/07/2014 6:42:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ifinnegan
Water, duck's back.

I don't have a dog in that fight. It's liberal democrat against liberal former democrat.

/johnny

31 posted on 07/07/2014 6:43:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: vmivol00

That is being implemented at the present time.


32 posted on 07/07/2014 6:44:55 PM PDT by sport
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2014/07/if-i-were-ted-cruz.html

33 posted on 07/07/2014 6:48:02 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bull crap.


34 posted on 07/07/2014 6:49:35 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conservative is Blue. Keep your Commie “Red !”


35 posted on 07/07/2014 6:58:26 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nascarnation

I will believe Abortion Barbie is defeated on the night of November 4 and not before. TX is full of abortionists, probably No. 4 in the nation in abortion boosters.


36 posted on 07/07/2014 6:58:50 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Total nonsense. You know they’re scared when they start giving us advice.


37 posted on 07/07/2014 7:00:51 PM PDT by MNnice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The rats will win zero statewide offices in Texas.


38 posted on 07/07/2014 8:09:05 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, the political science democrat thinks the dinosaurs were killed by a comet, and WE’RE the ones they say are ignorant of science?


39 posted on 07/07/2014 8:38:45 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Some more moderate Republicans in the state, however, say that far-right turn could have unintended consequences.

Yes, it could get more conservatives elected, and we sure can't have THAT happening now, can we?

40 posted on 07/07/2014 8:40:02 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t think so.


41 posted on 07/07/2014 8:53:04 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Democrats' wish for Texas:

If we could get the electorate looking like the population, it could be a different state today.

In other words, if we could arrange for every illegal to vote, we would turn Texas Blue.

That is their plan across the Nation.

42 posted on 07/07/2014 10:03:21 PM PDT by Praxeologue
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To: Viennacon

“They will tell you who they fear.”

-Rush Limbaugh


43 posted on 07/08/2014 12:35:54 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: ifinnegan

One thing bothered me which is Perry’s reported dismissal of Cruz.
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Bothered me too. May be because Ted whipped Rick’s pick for the Senate (Dewhurst). Perry stooped to calling Cruz a ‘junior senator’, perhaps to create a gap of experience with his own long tenure as Governor, in the event he does decide to try for President again and Cruz is in the mix.


44 posted on 07/08/2014 12:42:42 AM PDT by octex
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