Last night Rand Paul and Ted Cruz appeared on Sean Hannity’s show to discuss their reactions to president Obama’s State of the Union address. Most of the conversation was what you would expect to hear from these men. But at the very end of the conversation, Sean asked them whether or not they would throw their support behind conservatives in GOP primary races. Their responses really don’t sit well with me.
Hannity: Last question, will both of you campaign even against sitting Senators if you think the better candidate is running. Paul: I’m going to stay out of races with incumbents Cruz: And I likely will do the same.
Really, gentlemen? It’s not like you to stand on the sidelines and be silent. It doesn’t take a very long walk down memory lane to be reminded that both Cruz and Paul were stalwartly supported by the grass roots Tea Party movement and without that support, neither of them would hold their current seats. Are Ted Cruz and Rand Paul afraid of the GOP establishment? That seems like the only plausible explanation, especially given their own experiences battling incumbents in their home states. But why? Who, exactly, are they afraid of? Could it be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? You know, the McConnell who is now facing a primary challenge by tea party-backed Matt Bevin. The same McConnell who supported both Trey Grayson from Kentucky when Rand Paul was running, and David Dewhurst who was running against Ted Cruz in Texas.
It would seem that Cruz and Paul should want to stand with strong conservatives like Matt Bevin and others who are trying to unseat people like McConnell. If not only for the sake of conservatism, but because they know what it’s like to fight the establishment.
Their ‘hands off’ response just doesn’t seem right. It’s not like them. Am I missing something?
Watch the entire segment below (the relevant portion begins at 15:48)