It's been said that former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz’s double-digit victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the state's GOP Senate primary election Tuesday marks a major win for the Tea Party movement and grassroots efforts.
Considering Cruz's likely ascension to the Senate, given that no Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994, the primary win has created a lot of excitement among activists who see the potential for as many as ten strong "Tea Party" conservatives in the senate: current Sens. DeMint, Lee, Paul, Johnson, Rubio, Toomey and Coburn, with current candidates Cruz, Mourdock, and Flake. The Cruz victory speaks volumes to the desire among Republican voters to see more elected public officials willing to take a hardline against progressive policy. David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner suggests that this victory means there is a possibility that there could be an ‘un-bossable Senate’ where "a larger conservative core in the Senate may represent the best chance to avoid a repeat of the Bush years."
Is this a case where the shift in GOP ideology will make legislators that the media now dubs as "ultra-conservative," just conservative? Could this blow up in the face of right-leaning voters and conservatives who watch successful campaign rhetoric translate to further obstruction and inability to govern on Capitol Hill? Watch the "Real News" panel discuss below: