`Cruz Effect' Further Empowering Texas Grassroots 9/26/13
AUSTIN, Texas - Ted Cruz's talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor had no
hope of legislative success. It largely boiled down to political performance art
But for Texas politics, it could be transformative.
It's energizing the state grassroots conservatives that already helped Cruz
rise from electoral longshot to national star. It may ultimately prove a boon
for other tea party-backed candidates waiting to follow in his footsteps.
While no one is expecting an army of Cruz clones, he may be a model for a
certain type of confrontational conservatism back home.
Implications of that would stretch far beyond its own borders since Texas is
the nation's richest GOP donor state. It also has repeatedly been a cradle for
Republican presidential candidates - perhaps even Cruz himself in 2016.