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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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
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—Divide 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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To: oldbrowser

“What has age got to do with it?

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

Because when you’re battling young energetic people, it best to have young energetic people run against them.

Mitch McConnell, Thad Cochran, Mitt Romney, John McCain, etc. Dullsville.

Reagan was the exception, he exuded energy. George Bush, who was 13 years younger than him, didn’t.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 7:05:28 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: JRandomFreeper
The collapse of the Dewhurst machine takes a lot of leverage away from Strauss.

Straus lost a few key allies in the first round of the primaries which may embolden the conservative opposition but I haven't yet heard of any challenger for the Speakership. I tried to pin my Rep down on this but she's no longer answering my emails.

22 posted on 05/30/2014 7:07:43 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thank you, and Texas!


23 posted on 05/30/2014 7:12:31 AM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldn’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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To: Timber Rattler

lol. Reminds me of when Preston Smith was running for governor of Texas. A black “community organizer” named Lee Otis Johnson was in jail for giving a joint to an undercover cop at a Texas Southern University “gathering.”

When Smith gave a campaign speech at TSU, the crowd was chanting, “Free Lee Otis.” After his speech, Smith ask one of his schlubs why the crowd was chanting, “frijoles.”


24 posted on 05/30/2014 7:23:35 AM PDT by MisterArtery
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To: cotton1706

For years, Texas politics has been a full-contact, to-the-death fight. And nowhere was the phrase “all’s fair in love and war” more applicable.

However, Dewhurst (and most of the GOP-e) has failed to realize that the conservative Americans have awoken from their slumber. They are starting to see the cracks in the foundation which the Dems and Liberals have been drilling and fomenting for years.

As such, the conservatives are no longer easily swayed by the BS, mud-slinging, slime-the-other-guy-into-submission that was the Texas style of politics since at least the 1950’s! For future reference, as of right now, if anyone wants to win over Texas conservatives, you better come with a message, a plan to solve specific issues and a clean campaign to stimulate our minds!

I think this is what has made Texas different than many other states right now. As you look around, most other state politics are still mud-slinging, emotion-filled campaigns INSTEAD of an intellectual discussion about the direction which each person will lead the state.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 7:23:42 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: cotton1706

He lost me with his unseemly push for the “Trans Texas Corridor”. We tax payers were going to pay to build it but it was then going to be turned over to a Spanish company to basically own for 99 years while we paid to use it.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 7:38:40 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: cotton1706
Dewhurst's team ran a TV attack ad in 2012....and suggested Cruz....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.

Running attack ads full of lies and deceit is the only way he knows how to run a campaign. Take it from this life-long Texan: David Dewhurst is a low-life, slimey, s.o.b. If hell is his final stopping place, the hottest place there will definitely have his name on the cell door.
27 posted on 05/30/2014 7:46:22 AM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Your Post #2: Hilarious.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 7:47:05 AM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic)
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To: Din Maker

Thanks. I try.


29 posted on 05/30/2014 7:52:37 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Jay Carney: The (Benghazi) emails weren't about Benghazi.)
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To: cotton1706

“may never win another statewide race in Texas.”

What a nice thought.

dodrop needs to go count his money. He is a 14 carat jerk.


30 posted on 05/30/2014 8:19:31 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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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.

Maybe we'll finally get open carry in Texas, or *gasp* perhaps even Constitutional Carry!

31 posted on 05/30/2014 8:35:22 AM PDT by zeugma (I have never seen anyone cross the street to avoid a black man in a suit.)
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To: ExTxMarine
As such, the conservatives are no longer easily swayed by the BS, mud-slinging, slime-the-other-guy-into-submission that was the Texas style of politics since at least the 1950’s!

I remember when Bush ran against Ann Richardson for Governor. She she said something like "He's not a Bush, he's a Shrub".

32 posted on 05/30/2014 9:48:06 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka

Even then, Texas Democrats were much more conservative than they are now.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 9:49:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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