Consequences generally happen for the most brazenly corrupt of politicians. It’s just that the consequences are rarely as swift, severe, or simplistic as political activists demand. Trump lost the presidency and will end up in prison. McConnell lost control of the Senate. These things take time. They tend to happen incrementally, not via magic wand.
That brings us to Ted Cruz. He criminally incited a deadly domestic terrorist attack against the U.S. Capitol. If things were fair, he’d already have been booted from the Senate, and he’d already be criminally charged for incitement of insurrection. But nothing works that way. Instead, because his corrupt party is looking to protect him if it can, the forces of good have to chip away at Cruz piece by piece until he has nothing left to stand on.
To that end, we’ve reached an important milestone: a majority of Texas voters now want Ted Cruz to resign. This matters, because just two years ago, a majority of Texas voters wanted Cruz to have another term in the Senate. Now that sentiment has gone in the other direction entirely.
One of the first steps in getting rid of Ted Cruz is to make him so toxically unpopular that donors stop backing him, and other Senate Republicans become afraid that his unpopularity will harm their ability to get reelected to their own seats. Cruz is now in real trouble with these new numbers. If they continue in this direction, his odds of getting another term – or even of finishing out his current one – will continue to drop accordingly.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report