Texas Republican voters finally jumped to their senses Tuesday and followed the clarion call of Sarah Palin by electing Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate over pallid insider David Dewhurst.
The upset was the latest bit of rebellion from the Tea Party, adding to the footnotes that will be written in political studies of our time. Since Dewhurst and Cruz would all but have the same voting records in the Senate, the only substantive effect will be making the message even clearer to people running in GOP primaries that they need to stake out the most extreme positions, and then go even further.
Where the "can't be outflanked from there" line will be drawn, anyone knows.But it will be entertaining to watch.
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All of this will be moot, of course, should Democratic Senate primary winner Paul Sadler shock the worl -- no, we can't bring ourselves to write that sentence.
Go on out there and fight the good fight for the UN and the endangered golf courses of the nation, Sadler. Someone has to.
Update: For another view, check out our take on Ted Cruz as genuine Tea Party intellectual -- you can disagree with his views, but there's no doubt he is a serious thinker. (Except maybe about the UN and golf courses.)