Friday, November 27, 2015
Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, and Recycled Myths
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Stop us if you've heard this one before: "Conservative candidate X can't govern." "Conservative candidate X has alienated his colleagues." "Conservative candidate X will lose in November."
Were not talking about Ted Cruz's 2016 Presidential run, we're talking about Dan Patrick's 2014 campaign for Lt. Governor.
Throughout the 2014 election, Texans were warned about the alleged DISASTERS that would befall Texas if Dan Patrick garnered the Lite Guv nomination or was subsequently elected. Dan Patrick was hated by his colleagues!!! Dan Patrick would lose to van de Putz in November!!!
So what happened?!?
First, Dan Patrick won his general election BY ALMOST TWENTY POINTS (and, while we're on the subject, came close to breaking records with Hispanics). Dan Patrick then had a legislative session where, considering the distribution of votes he consistently punched above his weight against the pro-status quo legacy Republicans who have historically dominated the #TXLEGE. Ultimately, Dan Patrick was so successful in his maiden session as Lt. Governor that veteran Democrat Senator Eddie Lucio said, "“This session was incredibly good for me. If I had to choose one of the 15 sessions I have served in the state legislature, I would rate this session as No. 1 and would I rate it No. 1 because of the leadership of Dan Patrick."
As Ted Cruz's viability is questioned today using arguments that were recently used to question Dan Patrick, it's worth reviewing the relevant recent history. Bold conservatism wins. The concern trolls were wrong in 2014 and they're wrong again today.
Bottom Line: Heard this before....