Love him or hate him you can’t get away from the freshman senator from Texas. His unashamed unfiltered articulation of his principals regarding faith politics family and constitution has to be admired from any viewpoint. Senator Cruz was elected by the good people of Texas to represent them in their seat of federal government. So far they have gotten their moneys worth. I think the people of Texas wanted a conservative and they got one. At times many including republicans deride his tactics. He takes hit after hit over things like shutdowns and the latest he’s being blamed for helping get through many Obama appointees which is preposterous. Anyone who thinks Reid didn’t have those confirmations on the calendar before the end of session needs to buy some ocean front property in Nevada from Harry. But still couldn’t senator Cruz easily avoid all this? Up to this point his own party has failed to back him and everything he has done at face value appears to turn out a loss. (the republican routing of dems this year not withstanding.) Still you have to ask yourself, what the heck is he doing?
The answer to that is easy. Senator Cruz is setting the tone for the 114th congress. Right now senator Cruz has somewhere in the neighborhood of nine allies in the senate. I consider those allies to be any senator with an over 90% conservative rating as calculated by Freedomworks. They include Cruz (92%) Inhof (92%) Johnson (92%) Lee (100%) Paul (100%) Risch (92%) Rubio (100%) Scott (100%) and Sessions (100%). Nine conservative senators are easy to marginalize in a 45 seat minority. That is about to change a lot in one short month.
In one short month we will have nine newly minted republican freshman senators giving republicans a fifty four seat majority. Most of these new senators were elected on a conservative platform. The likes of Tom Cotton, and Joni Earnst among others. All that campaigned against the Way Washington establishment works. If all live up to their campaign platform this doubles the conservative wing in the senate bringing their number to eighteen. Eighteen senators in a fifty-four seat majority are a lot harder to marginalize. They can make considerable noise unless the established leadership can mute them. That is why that very leadership fears and demonizes senator Ted Cruz. His fearless voice that speaks loudly is a bad example to new freshmen senators and it will make them hard to get in line.
Of course when these new senators arrive they will have to genuflect to the party leadership but do they have to take their lead? Not if Ted Cruz has anything to say about it. He is the example that a free thinker will follow. It’s only natural. Not so much in the sense of what many may call bomb throwing but in the sense that you don’t have to go along with leadership to survive. Cruz goes over the top in the minds of many yet he remains popular and by that fact powerful.
Some say Cruz is a loose cannon. If this was all a good strategy why is it just Cruz that’s doing it? There are eight others just as conservative and more that could be using his strategy. The answer is quite simple. There is none better than Ted Cruz when it comes to responding under fire. He can take any hit and throw it right back. It also doesn’t hurt that he is probably in one of the safest seats in the senate. God love Texas. The more bombs Cruz throws the more they love him. There is a down side though. I think this strategy puts him out of the running if he wanted to make a presidential bid but I don’t think that’s what he’s about. I think he knows this. On the up side senate majority leader Cruz in around 2020 would be glorious. Don’t change a thing senator. Not one thing.