The first time I ever quoted Ted Cruz, he actually made a lot of sense
When Texas voters elected Republican Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate last November, I had never heard of the guy.
But my first impressions of Cruz were positive. He made what seemed to me be a lot of sense when he warned of an existential threat to his party, which I passed along to readers of this blog on Nov. 13 of last year.
“If Republicans do not do better in the Hispanic community,” Cruz said, “in a few short years Republicans will no longer be the majority party in our state.” He ticked off some statistics: in 2004, George W. Bush won forty-four per cent of the Hispanic vote nationally; in 2008, John McCain won just thirty-one per cent. On Tuesday, Romney fared even worse.
“In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat,” he said. “If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party. Our kids and grandkids would study how this used to be a national political party. ‘They had Conventions, they nominated Presidential candidates. They don’t exist anymore.’ ”