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Ted Cruz's Sad, Pathetic Attempt to Debase Beto O'Rourke

Robert Franklin

Posted on September 3, 2018 14:53

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Last week, the Texas GOP tried to shame Beto O'Rourke in the eyes of Texas voters because he was once a rock musician in El Paso. It backfired majestically.

Apparently, in October, President Trump will take a jaunt down to the Lone Star State to campaign for Senator Ted Cruz. According to the President, he's going to find "the largest stadium in Texas" -- which will likely actually be AT&T Stadium in Arlington, North Texas' blood-red bastion of racism -- and proclaim to the people of Texas that Cruz's challenger, Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke is "a disaster for Texas" because he's "weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!"

President Trump's "complete and total endorsement" of the man he once called "Lyin' Ted" -- alleged by Trump to be the son of a conspirator in the Kennedy assassination -- should be enough harm done to a campaign that isn't a sure thing. After all, President Trump's disapproval rating recently hit 60 percent. But Senator Cruz has been doing enough damage on his own, trying to dissuade Texas voters from casting a ballot for Rep. O'Rourke because he's much cooler than Cruz.

Senator Cruz and the Texas GOP's recent attempts to derail Rep. O'Rourke's campaign have brought up his challenger's wild past. Everyone watching this race last week was treated to a reminder that Rep. O'Rourke was once in a punk band called Foss with Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who would go on to form such influential acts as At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz once played Adam in a mime production of the creation story from the Book of Genesis.

Texans may be a lot of things, and some of them may be irredeemable, but music has always been a huge thing here. It's almost as sacred as high school football and western wear. Deep Ellum once was a hotbed for blues musicians, having hosted the likes of Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Son House. Austin's 6th Street is still a mecca for both up-and-coming and established musical acts, local and national. Houston's rap and hip-hop scene has produced talent lyricists like Scarface (and the rest of Geto Boys), Doughbeezy, and the late DJ Screw.

Texas has produced country acts like Cody Jinks, LeAnn Rimes, George Strait, and Waylon Jennings, as well as rock groups like Fair to Midland, Tripping Daisy, Blue October, Toadies, and Pantera. Texas is the site of an ambient rock renaissance, with bands like This Will Destroy You, Explosions in the Sky, and Pompeii composing just pieces of a larger assembly of musicians challenging the very definitions of musicianship.

I dare any Texan to say they wouldn't vote Dimebag Darrell to the Senate if he were still alive and running against Ted Cruz in the 2018 mid-terms.

By focusing on Beto O'Rourke's past as a bassist in a punk band, especially with that band having contained one of the most influential rock musicians Texas has ever produced, the Texas GOP and Ted Cruz have only showcased that O'Rourke has one of Texas' strongest, most noble qualities. He's a musician, and that's cool.

Ted Cruz, however, mimed the Bible.

Robert Franklin

Posted on September 3, 2018 14:53

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The Texas candidate continues to impress, despite counterefforts by Sen. Ted Cruz and the GOP.

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