Ted Cruz, newly elected Senator of Texas, has upped the ante on the Republican freakout:
“If Republicans do not do better in the Hispanic community, in a few short years Republicans will no longer be the majority party in our state," said Cruz, about deep red Texas.
He follows that line of thinking into desperation: “If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple….The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party."
There is some truth here. If Texas does become a swing state, due to its growing Hispanic population, the G.O.P. is going to have a heck of a time winning national elections, and if Democrats could at least hold serve in the Midwest, then yes, no Republican would be elected president.
There’s one issue with Cruz’s logic: parties adjust. They do it all the time. The Republican Party is doing it right now in reaction to the Latino vote drubbing they just received in the last election. Or let me put it this way: if a basketball player catches the opposing team off guard and dunks while the other team watches helplessly, Coach Ted Cruz would call timeout and tell his team that if that happens on every play, their team will never win another game again. Which is true, but academic, because any remotely competent team won’t let that happen on every single play. To think that the Republicans won't figure out a way to hold their 16 point lead in the Lone Star State is not high praise for Cruz's party.
Yes, the Republicans got beat badly, especially among Hispanic voters, and yes they need to adapt to survive, but Senator Cruz seems to be assuming they won’t. Don’t be surprised if some of his colleagues turn his way and say, “You must be new here.”