Praising Cruz gets boos
Regarding “Don’t hate on Cruz; he gets the job done,” (Page A15, Thursday), this is the most blatant political rant I have ever read in a newspaper or any other publication. In the first sentences, Benjamin First feigns concern for hatred directed at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz without naming any sources and then fills the rest of the op-ed with a litany of attacks against Beto O’Rourke, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Democratic ideas.
In a truly ironic turn, First laments the fact that his hero, Cruz, was defeated in the presidential primary, and Texas settled with Donald Trump to fight the Democrats. He has conveniently forgotten the fact that Trump heaped more venom on Cruz than any other politician, including attacks on Cruz’s wife, father and of course “Lyin’ Ted.”
To be sure, Cruz has endured unfair attacks, many of them from his own party, but not from O’Rourke, who has refrained from mud-slinging and has conducted an upbeat, positive campaign from the beginning. Kenneth Meyers, Houston Far-right darling
I would point out that First’s ode to Cruz is full of exaggerations about O’Rourke’s stances and Cruz’s accomplishments. After Cruz filibustered to shut down the government in an effort to undo Obamacare, he and his party in power have done nothing to replace that health care plan.
O’Rourke is demonstrating a desire to represent all Texans. Cruz has been pretty honest about not caring about anyone outside his tea party base. That doesn’t define all Texans, and we need representation, too. Terry Meyer, Spring Problem-solver needed
My objection to Ted Cruz has nothing to do with hate but everything to do with his ineffectiveness as a senator. Our country has a multitude of problems including our failing and very expensive health care system, our rapidly worsening environment, our burgeoning national debt, our need for a unifying policy on immigration consistent with our values and, more recently, the mental health of our president. As far as I can tell, Cruz has contributed absolutely nothing to our needs. What he has done with much of his time in Washington is to run for president.
Cruz has totally failed in his senatorial role of advice and consent. He appears to be a devoted Trump sycophant, voting to confirm all of Trump’s dubious Cabinet appointments. He has never publicly criticized Trump for his off-the-rail policies, statements or behavior.
I don’t hate Cruz, I just want to replace him with someone willing to address our problems. I want someone who cares for his fellow Americans, who will listen to his constituents and who has a backbone Gage Van Horn, Bellaire Accomplishments?
The writer chooses to instead hate on Beto O’Rorke while failing to specify the first substantive, quantitative accomplishment of Sen. Ted Cruz. As an example, he describes the senator traveling the state with Sen. John Cornyn and Gov. Greg Abbott fighting for our recovery after Hurricane Harvey. Could he not have used his supposed acumen to fight for the people of Texas by persuading fellow traveler Abbott to unleash a few billion dollars from the Rainy Day Fund to support our recovery? Further, I find that volunteering to debate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, multiple times on CNN provides scant value to his constituents in Texas. I will await some fact-based substantiation of our junior senator’s accomplishments before agreeing that he is getting the job done. Alan Husak, Houston