Texas Senator Ted Cruz had a warning to give the Texas GOP this past weekend, and it’s all wrapped in the tension surrounding the coming midterms.
Democrats and Republicans alike are on edge for these midterm elections. And it’s understandable. Media outlets have reported every potential, from a complete overturn of the House to a comfortable continuance of power held for Republicans.
All anyone can say for sure is that these midterms will matter.
Democrats are feeling confident due to Trump’s unusually low approval rating, in addition to a presidential administration that feels somewhat disorganized and mired in scandal. They also likely realize that Trump represents a figure that liberal Americans can really rally against, and that might mean getting people out to vote in the midterms that would normally ignore them.
Republicans haven’t lost all hope, however. Recent polling shows that many people view the current economy as favorable. Although the public generally doesn’t credit Trump for this according to survey, it does indicate that the incumbent party in general might not be in dire trouble.
Ted Cruz counts himself among Republicans that are concerned about the upcoming midterms. “Let me tell you right now: The left is going to show up,” Cruz warned. He underscored the severity of his statement by saying that liberal voters will “crawl over broken glass in November to vote.”
Cruz is likely aware of and referring to the unpopularity of the current president. But Trump isn’t just unpopular. He’s loud and dominates the news cycle. He has a side-effect due to this of making the public a little more politically tuned in than they might be otherwise. And therefore more aware of the midterms and more impassioned about getting out to vote in them.
Cruz also mentioned the State of the Union given by Trump on January 30, pointing to an apparent hesitation from Democrats to applaud as evidence that there is a “political risk” to these midterms.
Why does Cruz seem so steadfastly worried about the midterms?
This issue is personal, seeing as he is likely to face a Democrat to defend his Senate seat who raised more money than him in the last bit of 2017, Beto O’Rourke. Though a Democrat hasn’t won the race for Senate in Texas since 1988, these numbers indicate some level of risk for Cruz.
Cruz made it clear that the amount O’Rourke was raising wouldn’t be taken for granted by his campaign. He also said that it is “a manifestation of the energy on the extreme left.”
Republicans like Cruz are worried about the energy of opposition that Democrats might be able to drum up in these coming midterms. It’s this same energy that the Democratic party is counting on. Regardless of who you plan to vote for, these midterms are some decisive ones, and your vote could make a difference.
H/T: The Hill