The Corner

Ted Cruz’s Momentum

The latest good news for Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign is a George Will column raving about him. It follows endorsements from FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth, and many other conservatives. (I should note up front that Ted is an old friend from college.)

For months, conservatives have thought that the race to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R., Tex.) could become 2012′s version of the Crist-vs.-Rubio contest in the 2010 Florida Senate race, with Cruz in the Rubio spot and lieutenant governor David Dewhurst playing the role of Crist. It would pit an establishment squish against a dynamic conservative Cuban-American.

But the race has not quite taken that form. For one thing, until recently there was some crowding on the right. But Cruz’s strong fundraising, among other things, has thinned the field: His nearest conservative challenger, Michael Williams, now appears set to run for the U.S. House instead. State senator/radio host/radio-station owner Dan Patrick may jump in, but it’s not clear he can raise the funds to be competitive.

As for Dewhurst, his differences with Crist cut both ways. Operating within Texas’s conservative politics, he has not amassed as liberal a record as Crist, which will be a challenge for the Cruz campaign. Or not: The other difference is that Dewhurst has not decided whether to make the race. He has spoken of running for governor instead. If Dewhurst does not run, Cruz seems quite likely to be the Republican nominee for Senate.

On the Democratic side, retired Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez is likely to make a run, which may also make Texas Republicans more inclined to choose a Hispanic conservative. If he wins, Cruz–who recently noted that he has spent his entire professional life defending the Constitution, often in the Supreme Court–will join Mike Lee in the Senate’s constitutionalist caucus.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Broward’s Cowards

It is impossible to imagine circumstances under which Broward County sheriff Scott Israel could attempt to perform his duties with the confidence of the public. He should resign immediately, and if, as he promises, he refuses to go quietly, then he should be shown the door by the people he professes to ... Read More

Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More
Politics & Policy

CNN’s Shameful Town Hall

CNN recently hosted an anti-gun town hall featuring a number of grieving children and parents from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who aimed their ire at the National Rifle Association, politicians peripherally associated with the NRA, and anyone who didn’t say exactly what they wanted to hear. ... Read More

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More