I’d prefer that he end up more like Angle or O’Donnell, but he doesn’t seem loony enough to merit media attention.
Why’d he win the primary? My opinion is that it is partly due to the Tea Party’s popularity around here. There are lots of horribly informed, often otherwise smart, people stating Tea Party positions around here. I know one person that I would consider a traditional Republican, and many I would consider a TPer. So, since Cruz wasn’t the current Lt. Governor and didn’t currently hold office, he had an advantage. I honestly don’t think that Cruz and Dewhurst had any appreciable differences they could attack each other over, and that’s probably why the campaign was personal.
The Democratic candidate for the seat, Paul Sadler, is a wind power advocate, who’s been popular with both right and left papers in the state. His activity in wind power might play well in the central part of the state. I see windmills headed out toward Lubbock almost every day that I am on I-20. (I live a block from I-20.) Someone’s getting paid to move, install, and maintain them. His general energy independence platform will probably do just fine as well. I haven’t seen any advertising out of him, though. He’s probably victim to the Dems writing off this state assistance-wise. If that’s the case, it’s a shame. I think Cruz is probably one of the weaker candidates for senate that we’ve had in TX.