As the federal government enters its sixteenth day of shutdown and stands just hours away from defaulting on the national debt, the largest newspaper in Texas has pulled its endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). The conservative lawmaker delivered a 21-hour speech on Sep. 24, urging Senate and House Republicans to vote against any government funding measure that includes appropriations for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and is viewed as at least partially responsible for the current impasse.
“Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison?,” The Houston Chronicle’s opinion page asks. “One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate”:
When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation — that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator.
Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.
We feel certain she would have worked shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in crafting a workable solution that likely would have avoided the government shutdown altogether.
Since the shutdown, GOP’s approval ratings have plummeted, with 74 percent of voters saying they now disapprove of the Republican party. A recent NBC/WSJ poll found that just 14 percent of Americans approve of Cruz.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal, one of the most influential conservative newspapers in the country, urged Republicans on Wednesday to “wrap up this comedy of political errors” and move on to “fight more intelligently another day.”