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This politician was set to be the next national star from Texas; now he's lost twice
washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/30/14 | Betsy Woodruff

Posted on 05/30/2014 6:08:53 AM PDT by cotton1706

David Dewhurst's political demise is being compared to a Greek tragedy, but it's more like a slow-motion car accident.

In 2012, Dewhurst was a multimillionaire, former CIA officer, founder of an energy and investments company, three-term lieutenant governor -- arguably Texas's most powerful politician -- and was looking to walk into an open U.S. Senate seat. Today, he's a guy who has lost a primary and then a runoff to a radio talk show host and who may never win another statewide race in Texas.

If you had predicted this change of fortune in January 2011, when a little-known Texan named Ted Cruz told bloggers on a conference call that he was going to try to give Dewhurst a run for his money, you would have been laughed out of Austin. But today, the lieutenant governor's decline and fall looks foreordained.

Dewhurst's team ran a TV attack ad in 2012 that plays a key role in the story. It ran before the state Republican convention and suggested Cruz -- then experiencing a grassroots-fueled apotheosis -- cared more about China than America. The ad shaded his skin yellow. Other Dewhurst communications, including email blasts and push cards, labeled him “Red Ted.”

Cruz supporters -- and by that point, there were a lot of them -- were exercised. So when Dewhurst described his campaign as positive during his 2012 Texas Republican Convention speech, delegates retorted with boos and “ON TO THE RUNOFF! TED CRUZ” signs. The crowd also booed Gov. Rick Perry when he praised Dewhurst. Perry later told reporters he thought they were chanting “Dew.” Dewhurst had peaked. Cruz beat him by 13 points.

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Love these Establishment types. A boring guy in his 60's is going to be the next national star?? But these are the same people that got excited about Mitt Romney, another boring guy in his 60's.
1 posted on 05/30/2014 6:08:53 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
But these are the same people that got excited about Mitt Romney, another boring guy in his 60's.

Mitt Romney was a boring guy in The 60s.

2 posted on 05/30/2014 6:11:14 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: cotton1706
I worked so hard to get rid of Dewhurst, as did many, many others. I'm glad he got the boot.

Now that the liberal republican establishment politician is out of the way, I look forward to conservative legislation not being stalled or killed in the Senate.

/johnny

3 posted on 05/30/2014 6:12:00 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cotton1706

Good riddance to a real GOP-E scumbag.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 6:14:42 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: JRandomFreeper

They keep trying to tell us that the Tea Party is dead.

Don’t look for too much action in DC if we win the Senate; we won’t have enough to override a veto. But we may be able to limit El-Presidente’s damage to our once great nation.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 6:15:35 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: cotton1706
Perry later told reporters he thought they were chanting “Dew.”

Clueless Rick.

6 posted on 05/30/2014 6:15:53 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706
Dewhurst is Dewhurst's own worst political enemy. His campaigns have been the most boorish, ugly, dishonest, overbearing I have ever seen. It is that more than any political position he has held that destroyed him. People just don't want someone that nasty.

And then there was this.

7 posted on 05/30/2014 6:17:10 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Timber Rattler

Bump


8 posted on 05/30/2014 6:17:58 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Mitt Romney was a boring guy in The 60s.

That's not necessarily a bad thing.
9 posted on 05/30/2014 6:19:33 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: cotton1706

Tears of a RINO


10 posted on 05/30/2014 6:22:55 AM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're yelling "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: logic101.net
I was talking about the Senate of the State of Texas. Dewhurst has given committee chaimanships in the senate to democrats that have stalled or killed conservative legislation.

With Dewhurst gone, and his democrat machine falling apart, conservative legislation has a much better chance in the Texas Senate.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/30/2014 6:23:55 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Now that the liberal republican establishment politician is out of the way, I look forward to conservative legislation not being stalled or killed in the Senate.

There's still that problem in the House. Straus has to be the next one to get Tea Partied.

12 posted on 05/30/2014 6:24:35 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Dr. Sivana

It is a damn site better than being Barack Hussein Obama.


13 posted on 05/30/2014 6:24:58 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: cotton1706

May his political career RIP —


14 posted on 05/30/2014 6:26:17 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: logic101.net
Don’t look for too much action in DC if we win the Senate; we won’t have enough to override a veto.

But politically, the key will be to force Obama to veto bills with popular support, over and over and over. Essentially, the exact opposite of the Reid-run Senate, where nothing Obama won't sign will ever see the light of day.

15 posted on 05/30/2014 6:30:43 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: cotton1706
Love these Establishment types. A boring guy in his 60's is going to be the next national star?? But these are the same people that got excited about Mitt Romney, another boring guy in his 60's.

What has age got to do with it?

Are you looking for a leader?
Or are you looking for a boyfriend?

16 posted on 05/30/2014 6:31:03 AM PDT by oldbrowser (The only way to defeat this country is to turn us against each other.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Yeah, and Dew said, they (his people) ran a ‘clean’ campaign. lol


17 posted on 05/30/2014 6:37:33 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: cotton1706

Like many other Texans have already stated....

Well....bye!

I went to a luncheon where Dewberry happened to be speaking, during his Senatorial run. It was all anyone could do to not snooze, once he began to talk. I felt kind of sorry for his staffers....having to listen to this guy drone on and on...on a daily basis.

Contrast that with a dinner we went to, this year, where Sen Cruz was the keynote speaker...his staffer’s never got a break, with folks clamoring to speak to the Senator, or his staffers, the entire event.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 6:37:51 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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19 posted on 05/30/2014 6:53:05 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Paine in the Neck
That is very much in the works.

The collapse of the Dewhurst machine takes a lot of leverage away from Strauss.

/johnny

20 posted on 05/30/2014 7:03:50 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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