In the GOP, politics is a blood sport. At the first hint of weakness, the first hint of a misstep, other politicians begin to sniff the air, mill about, and open the possibilities in their minds. The draw of power is strong. Look how it turned Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell into a golem ever seeking more power, more control. All it takes is one wrong move, and the Republican politician’s career can be fatally wounded.
When Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) helped support Donald Trump’s failed coup against the American democracy, that was not fatal. But if he was traveling to Cancun, Mexico in disguise, he should know that his choice of hairstyle and free-range beard made him immediately recognizable.
Interestingly enough, flying to Cancun to escape the cold might have done him in this time. Staying in an expensive Ritz-Carlton resort as his people suffered desperately low temperatures, no water, and no heat could have been Cruz’s fatal flaw. The coup was abstract for most people, but for Texans, his ill-advised trip was not.
Cruz is the least-liked senator in Washington D.C. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) famously said, according to The Vanity Fair’s The Hive:
‘If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.’
Yet, Texans keep voting him back into the Senate. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union this past Sunday and said, according to The Independent:
‘When a crisis hits my state, I’m there. I’m not going to go on some vacation.’
The ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee told the recently promoted cohost Dana Bash:
‘I know Mr. Cruz called it a mistake and he’s owned up to that, but I think that was a big mistake and as for me, I was on the ground trying to help my people out and my constituents, and that’s what we should be doing in a time of crisis.’
McCaul had only good things to say about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). She raised $4,000,000 for Texans’ relief efforts. O’Rourke made certain that most of the state’s seniors were safe.
McCaul told Bash:
‘I think it’s great that they’re crossing party lines to help Americans first, and not just Republicans or Democrats … I think that’s the way it really should be.’
For some reason, Cruz thought he would not get caught. But photos of him began to pop up like a macabre Where’s Waldo game. One showed him waiting in an airport line, another showed him riding the airport escalator, and a third was taken inside of the plane.
The Texas senator lied about the trip, blaming his daughters. Then, he lied about the length of the trip. Of course, he said that leaving the state was “obviously a mistake” and:
‘I started having second thoughts almost the moment I sat down on the plane.’
Then, McCaul, who talked about a 2016 and 2018 primary challenge to Cruz said:
‘[L]ike Reagan said, never say never, but it’s not something I’m spending a whole lot of time thinking about right now.’
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