Ted Cruz’s hometown paper, the Houston Chronicle, took back their endorsement of him on Wednesday—and even claimed they only endorsed him with “many reservations” in the first place. Ouch! The op-ed calls for a return to the principles of Texas conservative Kay Bailey Hutchinson, whom Cruz beat in the primary (the Chronicle endorsed her in the primary, Cruz in the general election). “We feel certain she would have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), in crafting a workable solution that likely would have avoided the shutdown all together,” the paper writes.
We're not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but if we could choose just one it would be Hutchison, whose years of service in the Senate were marked by two things sorely lacking in her successor, Ted Cruz.
For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times. This revealed itself in a thousand different ways. Hereabouts, we miss her advocacy for NASA, the Port of Houston and the energy industry. And we know she worked just as hard for Dallas, San Antonio and a hundred smaller Texas cities and towns.
And dare we say it? We miss her extraordinary understanding of the importance of reaching across the aisle when necessary. Neither sitting Texas senator has displayed that useful skill, and both the state and the Congress are the poorer for it.
One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate.
When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November's general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation - that he follow Hutchison's example in his conduct as a senator.
Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution."
A bit of advice for next time Houston: "When in doubt, don't." Not certain who originally came up with that phrase, it was either Benjamin Franklin, or my grandmother.