Texas conservatives have a direct opportunity to immediately affect change in these United States in the upcoming Republican runoff for U.S. Senate by noting how Florida conservatives have seen that leadership trumps the Senate’s seniority system when offered.

There are a couple of things with which I find myself in disagreement with Florida’s freshman senator Marco Rubio but not many. What I do want you to take notice of is how brash young conservative Rubio is able to gain national press attention and provide leadership for the conservative cause though he is a newcomer to Capitol Hill.

The same was true of Texas’ Dick Armey and others when the GOP took over the House for the first time in forty years. Like Rubio, Armey and a handful of others moved to the top of the power structure not with patient and slow seniority trumpeted  by insiders but, by being outspoken and effective leaders for conservatism.

Look at the GOP race for U.S. Senate in Texas. Take a moment to ponder the background and leadership style of both David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz. Now ask yourself this: Even if Dewhurst and Cruz were equally conservative, which of the two would actually begin to make a difference for smaller government in the nation the fastest?

Would it be much older Dewhurst who well plays the insider’s game of taking it slow and moving up or, the young and outspoken constitutional expert Cruz who shows little reluctance to take on the power establishment face to face with exceptional intellectual firepower? Of Cruz and Dewhurst, who sounds like someone willing to lead, even as a Freshman in DC, and who sounds like another internal team player who will be satisfied with being in the Senate doing business the old-bulls’ way?

Pratt on Texas

Robert Pratt has been active in Texas Republican politics since the Reagan re-elect in 1984. He has served as Lubbock County Republican chairman, and in 2006 founded the Pratt on Texas radio network, providing the news and commentary of Texas on both radio and podcast. Learn more at www.PrattonTexas.com.


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