In his campaign for the United States Senate, Ted Cruz has continuously attacked David Dewhurst for not leading Texas, particularly through the state senate, to an even more crazy conservative status.
Cruz insists that we don't do enough to attack immigrants enough through an "Anti-Sanctuary Cities" bill, even though statewide policy in regards to immigrants are the same as "sanctuary city" municipal policies. He implies that cutting $15 Billion from the state budget, hurting millions of Texas, simply isn't enough. He whines that we don't waste our money illegally trying to stop the TSA from doing what Congress allows it do. And he complains that Dewhurst has explored other options for revenue to stop Texas from going into debt.
Naturally, these attacks against Dewhurst are also attacks on the entire Texas Senate. The Republican Texas Senators have not taken kindly, either. They lashed out yesterday, releasing a letter signed by every Republican Senator except Brian Birdwell calling out Cruz for his anti-legislature rhetoric.
Sadly, they don't actually think his ideas are absurd. The letter basically yells, "No! We, the Senators, and Mr. Dewhurst, are actually just as crazy as you want!"
Yes, even the most moderate Republicans like the crazy, it seems. They just don't have thick enough skins to let Dewhurst take all the brunt for not doing enough bad. So, they set out to say how wrong Cruz is.
"This letter is to set the record straight," they said, further emphasizing how some of Cruz's points are "simply untrue" while even referencing "Newspaper fact checks."
Strong words from a strong body. But will it matter? Both Dewhurst and Cruz are sufficiently crazy to scare the pants off any non-Republican Primary voter, and it's hard to say how much any Republican actually respects a legislator's opinions. Republican primary voters may still prefer fire to truth, and Cruz brings more heat.
The implications of this letter on your next US Senator, therefore, are not huge. Either victor would be a FAIL for Texas. Worrisome now, however, is that the entire Texas Senate Republican Caucus has officially moved to Crazy Town, if they had not already done so. Read their letter below the fold.