On Ted Cruz in MA: An Opportunity Lost

by Tom Wesley | June 6th, 2015

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On Ted Cruz in MA: An Opportunity Lost

By Tom Wesley

It is not often that 500 rabid, con­ser­v­a­tive Repub­li­cans con­verge in one spot in the bas­tion of lib­er­al­ism that is Mass­a­chu­setts. Ted Cruz pulled that off in Andover, about 27 miles south of Nashua, New Hamp­shire. If Sen­a­tor Cruz does not win in New Hamp­shire in Feb­ru­ary, Mass­a­chu­setts may not mat­ter come March. He pledged to return as Pres­i­dent. What he was trolling for were activists to fuel a cam­paign a half hour up Interstate-​93. Some peo­ple in Texas drive 27 miles to get milk.

So why did he squan­der an oppor­tu­nity for activists to get to know the nuances of Ted Cruz, advo­cate for him and join in his cam­paign? I’ve heard him cap­ti­vate an audi­ence at the National Press Club in 2014. At “The Barn” this week­end, he offered shop worn plat­i­tudes and pre­dictable applause lines. It may be all well and good to advo­cate for the “repeal of every line of Oba­macare” but what will replace it? How will he untan­gle 6 years of legislation?

As a first term Sen­a­tor, he car­ries the same bag­gage as our incum­bent Pres­i­dent. Why not high­light the dif­fer­ences between the resumes of com­mu­nity orga­nizer cum law pro­fes­sor ver­sus a Solic­i­tor Gen­eral of Texas who argued cases in the Supreme Court?

There is a lot to know about the grow­ing Repub­li­can slate. Vot­ers will under­stand their stance on core val­ues but how they will engage with the irre­sistible force of Wash­ing­ton to move their agenda? Tick tock.

Press on

Update (DTG): We wel­come Tom Wes­ley, For­mer GOP Con­gres­sional can­di­date, cur­rent select­man and a long­time sup­porter of this site and look for­ward to see­ing what he has to say on a reg­u­lar basis.

By Tom Wesley

It is not often that 500 rabid, conservative Republicans converge in one spot in the bastion of liberalism that is Massachusetts. Ted Cruz pulled that off in Andover, about 27 miles south of Nashua, New Hampshire. If Senator Cruz does not win in New Hampshire in February, Massachusetts may not matter come March. He pledged to return as President. What he was trolling for were activists to fuel a campaign a half hour up Interstate-93. Some people in Texas drive 27 miles to get milk.

So why did he squander an opportunity for activists to get to know the nuances of Ted Cruz, advocate for him and join in his campaign? I’ve heard him captivate an audience at the National Press Club in 2014. At “The Barn” this weekend, he offered shop worn platitudes and predictable  applause lines. It may be all well and good to advocate for the “repeal of every line of Obamacare” but what will replace it? How will he untangle 6 years of legislation?

As a first term Senator, he carries the same baggage as our incumbent President. Why not highlight the differences between the resumes of community organizer cum law professor versus a Solicitor General of Texas who argued cases in the Supreme Court?

There is a lot to know about the growing Republican slate. Voters will understand their stance on core values but how they will engage with the irresistible force of Washington to move their agenda? Tick tock.

Press on

Update (DTG):  We welcome Tom Wesley, Former GOP Congressional candidate, current selectman and  a longtime supporter of this site and look forward to seeing what he has to say on a regular basis.

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