• Welcome Ted Cruz, Your Newest Tea Party Senator

    Ted Cruz, a conservative Texas attorney and Hispanic Bill Murray imitator, defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff to replace the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was a far saner senator for far longer than Texans had a right to expect. Cruz received 56 percent of the vote to Dewhurst's 44 percent and is going to be our newest Tea Party aligned senator, barring a meteor strike that levels everything except San Antonio and Austin.

    As Dave Weigel and others have noted, Cruz's success has many fathers — to date, the only negative consequence of same-sex marriage anyone has uncovered. The Club for Growth provided millions in financing, while Senator Jim DeMint threw his support to Cruz last year, as part of a broader effort to ensure that reliably Republican Senate seats are held exclusively by politicians who think the United Nations' Agenda 21 is a communist plot to get rid of golf courses.

    Nevertheless, much of the credit for Cruz's victory has to go to Governor Rick Perry, who endorsed Dewhurst…

    Our final pre-election poll on this race found that two times more Texas Republicans considered an endorsement from Rick Perry to be a negative than a positive. 35% said they were less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Perry, 15% said they were more likely to, and 50% said they didn't care either way. Dewhurst's choice to spotlight his support from Perry so heavily is curious against the backdrop of those numbers.

    It's been such a bad year for Perry. First, he failed to become our first Yosemite Sam-American presidential nominee.

    Then, his favored candidate for Senate went down in flames.

    Finally, the third thing that made this a very bad year for Perry… Let's see. I can't. The third one I can't. Sorry. Oops.

    Photo by Douglas Graham/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images

    Tags: Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rick Perry, Senate, Ted Cruz, Texas


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