By the way, even when Ted Cruz is smiling, he looks like he's whining. I guess your face really does stick that way if you do it too much.

I'm sure this has happened before, but not in my memory: The Houston Chronicle retracted its endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz , in light of the entire shutdown debacle. They say they "miss" Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and indicate two places where Cruz has failed to follow in her footsteps. The most obvious is this entire shutdown debacle. They believe, and I have no doubt that this is true, that Hutchinson would have been part of the female-led-and-heavy team of senators that led the deal on ending the shutdown. (Not to be too nostalgic, however. She would have definitely tried to get all sorts of fucked up budget concessions.) This part, however,  is something that's less discussed, which is that Cruz appears to be an utter failure at his primary job of representing the interests of Texas:

For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times. This revealed itself in a thousand different ways. Hereabouts, we miss her advocacy for NASA, the Port of Houston and the energy industry. And we know she worked just as hard for Dallas, San Antonio and a hundred smaller Texas cities and towns.

I have no doubt that Cruz's concerns for the well-being of his home state could fit into a thimble, and probably thinks that shit is beneath him anyway. He's part of a new, Tea Party-driven Republican party that exists purely as an ideological hate hard-on for liberalism and modernity, and that's it. I bet he's rolled his eyes at least once when his aides brought up the concept of constituent services.  This is how it's going to be, especially in states where the Republican seat is safe. Republican voters have made it clear that they'd burn this country to the ground rather than share it with Those People, and so we shouldn't be surprised that their representatives are finally taking them at their word. For the Ted Cruzes of the world, the voters back home are nothing but a bunch of rubes who you can rile up with race-baiting, sexist, anti-government horseshit to gain power. I don't imagine he believes he owes those rubes diddly-squat.

I get why the Houston Chronicle endorsed the Republican in that race. He was going to win anyway, and there's often no point with safe seats doing otherwise than endorsing the clear winner. It helps keep your paper on their good side and may even make sure that they read some of your other opinions on what they might do. Or, that's how it was in the old days. I hope the lesson is learned now: There isn't an upside to endorsing Republicans anymore. They don't care if you love them or hate them. They've got another appointment to go on Fox and explain how taxation is theft and Obama is trying to kill your children by getting them health insurance now. They don't care about you anymore. So, next time around, Chronicle, just endorse the Democrat. No need to play games anymore, and in your heart of hearts, you know they're going to be the better candidate for Texas.