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Ted Cruz: spin, spin, spin
At work on Monday morning, I received a call on my cell phone from Jessica with the Ted Cruz campaign, stumbling over “Mrs. Nuckols” and offering me the chance to be a “host” at their fundraiser next week.
I guess someone didn’t get the memo that I switched my support to Texas’ Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for Texas Senator months ago. Or that after being invited by several emails and phone calls – two on my cell phone, a couple at home – I challenged Mr. Cruz at a “meet and greet” here in New Braunfels back in May. Jessica’s call inspired me to revive this post I’ve been editing, on and off, since June 1.
Why would I change from one candidate to the other, even after donating money?
It comes down to principles.
As I’m sure is true for many of you, I don’t just listen to what candidates and those who endorse them say. I look at how candidates make their decisions and conduct their campaigns.
The Conservative reveals his principles by how he reaches his conclusions every bit as much as by his decisions and the end results of those decisions. Evaluating the decision process is especially important when the candidate has no voting or legislative history to back his rhetoric.
Ted Cruz’ problem is not only that he can’t match David Dewhurst’s solid record of Conservative victories in the Texas Senate. It’s that he hasn’t demonstrated that he acts from solid principles. In fact, rather than basing his campaign on a solid ground of philosophy, talent and plans for reform that would have strengthened the Conservative movement, Cruz set out to destroy the reputation of a good Conservative Texas Legislator by spinning half-truths and lies into campaign issues.
Perhaps one of the most out of control moments of Cruz’ spin - at least until the recent attack on a veteran by one of his supporters – was the day last September 9, 2011 when he exchanged snide remarks about Dewhurst with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith. Both ignored the fact that the Lt. Governor was Acting Governor dealing with the wildfires in Bastrop and in other areas of Texas. Evidently, lost lives and homes don’t trump campaign ops or opportunities for Mr. Cruz.
At that meeting in New Braunfels, Cruz gave us example after example of his spin:
Don’t we get tired of the combative political campaign spin that’s all jargon and no judgement? The way out of the stall that causes a plane to spin is to turn out of the spin and regain thrust, rather than continue to corkscrew into the ground.