What I Want in a Senator
March update: I'm supporting Ted Cruz for Senate.
I've been thinking about what I want in our next US Senator. Here's the criteria I came up with.
1. Ability to lead the charge. Should be an effective spokesman on national issues. All candidates running on the Republican side are likely to be a reliable GOP vote, as they should be for a state that is currently so solidly Republican. So their ability to frame the national debate and make the case on TV is a key feature.
2. Ability to get things done for Texas. I want someone who can hold the seat for at least 4 terms. Cornyn appears likely to do this, we should elect someone else who can and will do this.
3. Ability to hold the seat. This is somewhat of a corollary to the previous point. One can't build tenure if a Democrat beats him/her and resets Texas seniority to zero. Keeping the seat in Republican hands is crucial to building tenure for Texas as well as to maintaining Texas' independent, pioneer spirit.
Related: Texas Republican Senate candidates in their own words.
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