The Tea Party is far from dead. The Democrats well know it, thus the non-stop wall-to-wall smear campaign issuing from the Democrats, from Hollywood, and from the Democrat House Organ, aka the major national news media.
The Republicans know it too. The Party is quite comfortable being craven, amoral, boot-licking miniature statists with no interest in anything but what might get them re-elected. The Tea Party, and the Back-To-The-Constitution movement that they represent, are an existential threat to the Establishment.
In the 2014 cycle, the Establishment Republicans, led by louts like Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, and Jeb Bush, have made aggressive moves and spent millions to block conservatives in the primaries. After 2012, when Ted Cruz walloped Establishment favorite and big name David Dewhurst in the Senate race, the Establishment has been burning for some payback.
Last week in Texas they came up a little short. Let’s look at some numbers.
The Curious Case of Crud Cornyn
Senator John Cornyn is the 12-year incumbent, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate. He has a conservative reputation, a good voting record, and a lifetime ACU rating of 93. But Texas conservatives know better, recognizing his ceaseless efforts behind the scenes to undermine conservatives and conservative causes.
On Tuesday Cornyn won 60%, and his closest competitor at 19% was the kook, US Rep Steve Stockman (who I voted for). With $50 gazillion bucks in his campaign war chest, and not a single viable competitor, with the reputation, the bucks, and the hearty support of RoveMcConnellBushBoehnerInc (as well as Democrat). All that, and he beat the field 60-40. That is a terrible, terrible primary for John Cornyn. Yes, he won 60-19-11-4, and yes, he’ll easily win the general election (and yes, I’ll vote for him with nose held). But this was a pathetic showing. In 2008, he won the primary 81-19.
So, was Texas just in one of those nasty “out with the incumbent” moods? I’m glad you asked.
No. They weren’t.
Party ran the table after Cornyn
In US House races, most of our well-known conservative stalwarts either ran unopposed (Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe, Sam Johnson, Jeb Henserling, Kenny Marchant), or won easily (Joe Barton at 73%, Mike Burgess at 83%). On the other hand, Pete Sessions, one of Boehner’s boys, pulled 64%.
In the state-level offices of interest:
- Governor : Abbot (our guy) got 91%. Enough said.
- Lt Governor : Dan Patrick (our guy) won 42-28 over incumbent Dewhurst (GOP Company man who Ted Cruz beat out for Senate in 2012), but will face him in the runoff. Dan is a state senator with a conservative reputation. He will win easily.
- Attorney General : Ken Paxton (our guy) wins 44-33 over Establishmen-backed Ken Branch (with the odious attack ad bottom-feeder Barry Smitherman the odd man out at 22%). Ted Cruz endorsed Paxton, and Paxton has been a powerful opponent of liberal Republican House Speaker Joe Straus.
My personal assessment is that
Texas conservatives expressed themselves in a very loud way. That they’re fairly well aware of who are their friends in the Republicans Party and who is not. One can only dream of what might have been, had one of the big boys (like the above Paxton or Patrick, or Mike Burgess) gone against Cornyn. I’m not saying they’d have won, but…..60-40 against NOBODY, surely indicates that 40% was the bottom amount that a quality conservative candidate would have gotten. Jeb Hensarling would have run Cornyn out of the state. Like I said, I can dream.
Regardless of the unfortunate Cornyn outcome, the Tea Party is loud and proud here in the Lone Star State. Relatively speaking we have been sheltered from much that the Obamanistas have perpetrated on America in terms of economics and government encroachment on our liberties. And if the Tea Party is
strong here, imagine the heart, blood, and guts of the Constitutionalist movement all across America.
November beckons. Dear Lord, may the days hasten till then.