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October 16, 2013 - 3:11 pm

In October 2012, the Houston Chronicle endorsed Ted Cruz for Senate, calling him “one of the shooting stars of the 2012 election season.”

“We endorse Ted Cruz to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison and join Sen. John Cornyn in the U.S. Senate. We do so in the expectation that Cruz will be schooled by the examples of previous senators from Texas, beginning with Hutchison and continuing with Lloyd Bentsen and Lyndon B. Johnson. In Cornyn, he will have a someone to emulate at his side. We expect Cruz as the senator from the Lone Star State to spend his energies standing up for Texans of every background and economic station, representing their best interests from health care and education to energy, space and medicine,” the Chronicle editorial board wrote.

Today, they basically took it back, framed in the context of how much they miss his predecessor, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas):

We’re not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but if we could choose just one it would be Hutchison, whose years of service in the Senate were marked by two things sorely lacking in her successor, Ted Cruz.

For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times. This revealed itself in a thousand different ways. Hereabouts, we miss her advocacy for NASA, the Port of Houston and the energy industry. And we know she worked just as hard for Dallas, San Antonio and a hundred smaller Texas cities and towns.

And dare we say it? We miss her extraordinary understanding of the importance of reaching across the aisle when necessary. Neither sitting Texas senator has displayed that useful skill, and both the state and the Congress are the poorer for it.

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.

The editorial stressed that the paper endorsed Cruz “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,” the editorial continued. 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. But we’ll never know.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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If I were looking for a principled Tea Party kind of a candidate, I would read this editorial as a glowing endorsement of Mr. Cruz.
41 weeks ago
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There's a reason why Hutchinson was known as "Kay Barely", as in 'barely a Republican'.
41 weeks ago
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Cruz fights for his principles. KBH was go along to get along.
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Isn't like KBH is the strongest endorsement I've read of Cruz yet.
41 weeks ago
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It is almost 100% that I will vote against anyone the Houston Comical endorses.
41 weeks ago
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I'm sure the good people of Texas, who might or might not also subscribe to the 'Houston Chronicle', know just how to respond to this editorial....with their subscription cancellations ;) God bless Texas! It is comforting to know that we Alabamians have kindred spirits in Texas; if Alabama is ever conquered by the commies (which I seriously doubt), I'm moving my family to the Republic of Texas.

Remember BENGHAZI!
41 weeks ago
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I can't believe anyone here defends Cruz. He's a blowhard and glory hog. He proposes suicidal tactics for others that he himself won't follow.

Opposing Cruz's methods does not make you a RINO or closet supporter of Obamacare. Being wise and prudent and picking your fights carefully are the signs of a true leader. Cruz's reckless and fultile tactics are more reminiscent of the smeller Occupy Wall Street types--and just as successful.

41 weeks ago
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No, continuing in the GOP tradition of standing up for individualism when out of power and expanding collectivism is the problem.

It doesn't, however, make you a RINO. It's become clear over the past decade that supporters of small government are RINOs...or more like "fools who believe GOP BS".
41 weeks ago
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I live in a Houston suburb and quit subscribing due to their liberal tilt. My relatives in Louisiana are so jealous that Texas has Cruz. They want to be rid of Mary Landrieu.
41 weeks ago
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I live in the Houston suburbs, and haven't taken the Comical (as we call it here) in years - I don't own a bird, and there's no other reason to take that rag. The paper and their subscriber base both keep shrinking, and I don't think their editorial content will sway either of the paying subscribers, since they only take it for the sports. I expect the Comical to go the way of the NO Times-Picayune and be part-time within a year or two.
41 weeks ago
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Doesn't the Houston Chronicle also endorse Sheila "Bat$#!T Crazy" Jackson Lee?

The Chron-job is backing away from their statements backing away from endorsing Cruz

http://www.jacksonsun.com/usatoday/article/2992953
41 weeks ago
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If they had expectations that he would be like KBH, then the idiotorial board is either delusional, or they did not pay attention to his campaign.

Both is also a possibility.
41 weeks ago
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You're know you're in the right of it when the Houston Chronicle withdraws its "support" of you. http://www.acirn.com/the-houston-chronicle/

Get some, Ted.

41 weeks ago
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Who cares about Houston anyway; they still have Sheila Jackson Lee in the House, and they keep putting her there. Besides, Texas shouldn't be too smug as they are well along, on the California Illegals Express. I live in California and I've recently been to Texas; they are California circa 1999.
41 weeks ago
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So what? That's probably the best news Cruz has received in weeks. Papers have become the anal sphincter of media - MSNBC the TP.

Our local leftist rag got to be so irrelevant in its glowing liberalism and on the precipice of bankruptcy, Republicans were actually using the endorsement of opposing candidates as bragging points...

Remember, this is Shelia Jackson Lee country. The successful have left Houston in droves to the Woodlands, Katy, etc...leaving Houston proper an urban jungle...for the silver backs like Shelia Jackson Lee.

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