While the Texas Primary Tuesday set the stage for Mitt Romney to finally clinch the number of delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination, all eyes were on the state's Republican U.S. Senate primary. Ted Cruz, billed as the tea party favorite, was able to force a run-off against first round leader and "establishment" candidate, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
While Cruz was able to secure the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Sen. Rand Paul, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and the Tea Party Express, is this a true Tea Party insurgency against "Washington insiders" like we saw in 2010? Cruz spent the majority of his childhood in Texas but went on to Princeton Undergrad, Harvard Law, followed by a clerkship with then-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist. Cruz would work as a policy advisor on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, and then Texas Solicitor General from 2003 to 2008. After leaving the Solicitor General's office Cruz served in a private law practice.
Dewhurst, "the establishment" candidate, did serve as Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas from 1998 to 2003 and has been Texas's Lieutenant Governor since 2003, presiding over an expansion of the Texas budget and supporter of a state income tax. But before entering government, Dewhurst was a successful businessman and self-made millionaire, entering the private sector in 1981 after serving in the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Air Force.
The way the media has drawn the ideological lines in this race may deserve some questioning amongst conservatives. In 2010, several "tea party" candidates fizzled out in the general election campaign, proving themselves completely incapable of high pubic office. Others managed to beat Democratic challengers, but failed to walk the walk once serving in Congress.
On "Real News" Wednesday the panel joined by Glenn Beck and Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks discussed the Texas race and guidelines in confirming candidates that truly adhere to conservative principles.
What makes a Republican candidate "establishment"? What makes them a "Washington insider"? Watch a clip below discussing this subject on the show Wednesday: