Ted Cruz and Party Unity: What’s the Deal?

Ted Cruz being interviewed by Dana Bash at CNN.  Photo is a screen-cap of the video.

Ted Cruz being interviewed by Dana Bash at CNN. Photo is a screen-cap of the video.

One of The Honest Answer’s favorite Conservative intellectuals has weighed-in on Ted Cruz vs. the Republican establishment, and Thomas Sowell’s critique of Cruz is pretty harsh.  Follow the source link and read it, then come back here for the discussion.

You can also see what the Daily Caller has to say on the subject, as well as Ben Howe’s post over at Red State.

It’s a lot of reading, I know, but y’all ain’t skeered of reading a little bit, are ya?

Sowell accuses Ted Cruz of being self-serving.  From his column:

Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble. But there are already disquieting signs that he is looking out for Ted Cruz — even if that sets back the causes he claims to be serving.

Those causes are not being served when Senator Cruz undermines the election chances of the only political party that has any chance of undoing the disasters that Barack Obama has already inflicted on the nation — and forestalling new disasters that are visible on the horizon.

Is Cruz guilty of basking in the attention that he gets, both positive and negative?  Umm……he’s a politician, so the answer is a resounding “YES”.  Does that make him evil?  Of course not.  He’s human, after all, and anyone who expects a politician to remain above his or her own humanity is just being silly.

Senator Ted Cruz was elected as a Tea Party candidate with a resounding majority of the vote from his constituency.  He was sent to Washington to stir up trouble with a big stirrer.  He has caused the establishment Republicans no end of headaches, and attracted plenty of accusations of being willing to destroy the GOP in order to satisfy his own need for “purity”.

The GOP establishment is warning all of us that if we don’t get behind them, and tell Cruz to shut up, just for this one election, then the Democrats will destroy the country and it will be the fault of Cruz and the grass-roots party base that he represents.  Y’all, we’ve heard that pile of crap before.  We’ve heard it every election that I can remember, and look at where our country is, now.  Party unity brought us here, right here.  7 million potential Republican voters sat out the last election because we were offered Obama Lite instead of a Conservative.  Well done, GOP, well done.

I love Thomas Sowell, and I think he’s a brilliant fella, but he’s dead wrong if he’s actually urging Cruz to sit down and shut up.

As if you need a mainstream take on Cruz, I’m posting the following video from CNN, where Dana Bash interviews Cruz.  Listen to how the host of the show keeps saying that Cruz has done nothing but “obstruct” and has offered no positive alternative to business as usual.  I would urge Thomas Sowell to consider how much he is sounding like a CNN host when he writes about Tea Party folks like Cruz.  Mr. Sowell, is that really how you want to sound, when your words are read aloud?