In response to a story on the 1776Coalition website with the headline: Cruz: GOP senators think they have ‘foolish, gullible constituents’
I had this exchange with another reader:
I’ll bet that when Ted was in elementary school, all his teachers wrote “doesn’t play well with others” on his report cards.
Mr. Cruz’s problem, one of them anyway, is that he is a first-term senator, a member of a (once) respected organization that’s been around for over 200 years. The REALITY is that in an organization like this, where you have LOTS of ambitious, motivated and capable people, a person has to make friends, build loyalties and factions and persuade people to support you. And if you can’t do that, then you at least have to have some seniority to become a chairman of something. Mr Cruz hasn’t made an effort to do any of that.
You don’t go to a job interview and answer the question, “What are your goals here?” by saying that “I want your job, then I’ll fire everyone and do everything my way”.
The guy needs to persuade his fellow Republicans to see things his way. You don’t do that by insulting them or bullying them.
After all, HE chose to run as a Republican. Maybe that was another of his mistakes?
Or maybe he is just voting the way we who elected him want him to vote. Maybe he is just what we wanted in pushing his conservative views, afterall he won against all odds. Just maybe that is because the voters in Texas are sick of politics, and would like to see a change, his change.
I assume by what you’re saying here – “we who elected him” – that you live in Texas and did, indeed, vote for him?
So, if that’s the case, do you want him to vote the way you elected him to, make a lot of noise, create a lot of commotion and headlines, and not really accomplish anything? Or do you want him to actually get the stuff done you elected him for, which is done by building coalitions and sponsoring well-written bills? After all, he ran as an “outsider”. The system doesn’t work by having an outsider stage a coup. The system is a democracy, which is designed to have a majority rule. Mr Cruz wasn’t elected by a majority of Americans. He was elected by a majority (or plurality, I’m not sure which) of Texans.