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Is David Dewhurst a Conservative? Of Course Not.

But don’t tell that to DC’s chattering class who would have you believe there isn’t any difference between Dewhurst and Ted Cruz. They claim this campaign is just about which kind of “conservative” we will get in Washington — a “veteran conservative legislator” (read: guy who make nice with leadership), or a new member of the “doesn’t-play-well-with-others” caucus.It is “nonsense,” according to George Will for example, that anyone claim Dewhurst to be moderate. This kind of pabulum is what is nonsense – and a classic Washington two-step around Will’s own (proper) gushing over Cruz a few months ago in which he praised Cruz for being “as good as it gets” and being (hopefully) a part of a cadre of new Senators who “take their bearings from constitutional law” before the New Deal. Sounds like someone has been taken behind the woodshed by Mitch McConnell or some other DC establishment hack and told to “get in line.”David Dewhurst’s conservative bona-fides are based entirely on Rick Perry’s record. It is so absurd that Dewhurst cannot even vote without taking Rick Perry to the polls with him. This is not difficult. Liberal newspapers endorse him precisely because of his supposed moderation. And his other endorsements are a who’s who of Austin insiders over whom Dewhurst has immeasurable control currently and in the future should he lose. Meanwhile, Ted is endorsed by a veritable who’s who of conservative rock stars – from national movement conservatives like Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint to long time Texas activists like Kelly Shackleford and Cathie Adams.

Let’s take a look at what people who actually follow this stuff are saying or doing:From the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle:

By our lights, Dewhurst’s service, particularly his leadership of the Texas Senate, has been a model of respectful efficiency. His is a record of fairness and willingness to reach across party lines to do what is best for Texas.Along with House Speaker Joe Straus, Dewhurst has been a welcome stabilizing influence in an often stormy and polarized legislative process. Isn’t that what’s called for in a divided Washington? We think it is.

From Dallas Morning News Editorial Columnist Bill MacKenzie

Dewhurst has shown in his decade as lieutenant governor that he can build coalitions and work in partnership with others… Cruz came away looking like a guy who knows what he believes, while Dewhurst looked painfully contorted. This leads me back to what I’ve written about in previous posts, and that is I wish center-right Republicans like Dewhurst would just defend their ground, and not try to out-conservative hard-righters like Cruz.

From the Dallas Morning News Editorial

Dewhurst has been bipartisan at times, including appointing Democrats to head committees… and… he has been impressive in other ways, mastering the details of complex issues, for example, and building coalitions to get things done

From Rice University Political Science Professor’s Independent Analysis:

The figure reveals a Dewhurst-run Senate where the senators who enjoyed the most success were in the moderate and center wings of the Republican Party. I also conclude that Dewhurst frequently used his powers of agenda control to help pass legislation opposed by the most conservative members of the Republican delegation. In addition, the best estimate of Dewhurst’s location along the liberal-conservative continuum which dominates voting in the Texas Senate suggests he is significantly less conservative than approximately one-third of the Republican delegation

Finally – simply take a look at the list of endorsements. It is truly laughable the distinction between the two. Dewhurst is supported by the Austin power circle. Ted is supported by anyone with a clue how badly we need a conservative U.S. Senator from Texas in Washington to protect freedom.

 

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Dewhurst

  1. Governor Sarah Palin
  2. Senator Rick Santorum
  3. Tea Party Express
  4. Sean Hannity
  5. Senator Rand Paul
  6. Dr. James Dobson
  7. Family Research Council
  8. Cathie Adams, former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, former President, Texas Eagle Forum
  9. David Barton, Founder and President of WallBuilders
  10. Congressman Ron Paul
  11. Congressman Michael Burgess
  12. George P. Bush
  13. Gun Owners of America
  14. Young Conservatives of Texas
  15. Young Americans for Liberty PAC
  16. Peggy Venable, Taxpayer Advocate
  17. Senator Pat Toomey
  18. George Strake, Former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas
  19. Kelly Shackelford, President of Liberty Institute
  20. Judge Paul Pressler, III
  21. Former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese
  22. Madison Project
  23. C Club of Houston
  24. Mark Levin, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
  25. Senator Mike Lee, Constitutional Conservatives Fund Chairman
  26. Tim Lambert, former RNC Committeeman
  27. Tony Perkins, Family Research Council
  28. Republican Liberty Caucus
  29. Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum
  30. FreedomWorks PAC
  31. Erick Erickson, RedState.com
  32. Senator Jim DeMint, Senate Conservatives Fund Chairman
  33. Concerned Women PAC
  34. Club for Growth PAC
  35. Citizens United Political Victory Fund
  36. Hon. Ernest Angelo, Former RNC Committeeman
  37. W. Winston Elliot, III, Free Enterprise Institute
  38. Richard Ford, Heritage Alliance
  39. Ann Hettinger, Concerned Women for America-State Director
  40. Hispanic Republicans of Texas
  41. Brent Bozell, Media Research Center

  42. U.S. Senator Tom Coburn
  43. Eagle Forum PAC
  44. Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
  45. Jim Martin, 60 Plus
  46. Rod Martin, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
  47. Alan Sears, Alliance Defense Fund
  48. Jay Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice
  49. Fred Smith, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  50. Congressman Justin Amash
  51. Raymond J. LaJeunesse, Jr. – Vice President & Legal Director, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
  52. Robert P. George, Conservative Leader and Princeton Professor
  53. Michael Farris, Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association
  54. Fred Fielding
  55. Hon. Boyden Gray
  56. Hon. Scott Brister
  57. Hon. Diana Denman
  58. Tina Benkiser, Former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas
  59. Hon. Thomas Phillips

 

1.      Governor Rick Perry

2.      Former Governor Mike Huckabee

3.      Tom Leppert

4.      Craig James

5.      Michael Reagan

6.      Texas Credit Union League

7.      National Association of Realtors (RPAC)

8.      Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND)

9.      Texas Oil and Gas PAC

10.  Texas Restaurant Association

11.  Texas Medical Association TEXPAC

12.  Texas State Association of Fire Fighters

13.  Texas State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police

14.  Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT)

15.  Texas Municipal Police Association

16.  Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC

17.  Texas Right To Life PAC

18.  Texans for Life* President Kyleen Wright

19.  Heidi Group* founder Carol Everett

20.  Texas Alliance for Life

21.  David received support from three former presidents of the Texas Farm Bureau

22.  BEEF-PAC

23.  Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association PAC

24.  Texas Poultry Federation

25.  Texas Retailers Association Political Action Committee (TRAPAC)

 

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