Sarah Palin fires up the large crowd at The Woodlands, while Ted and Hedi Cruz look on.[Photo: Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle]
By Gary P Jackson
Sarah Palin was en fuego Friday evening in The Woodland as she rallied the crowd to stand with Ted Cruz.
The Houston Chronicle had this to say:
Palin wows The Woodlands
On a village green in The Woodlands, north of Houston, Friday evening, an enthusiastic crowd of approximately a thousand tea partiers joined U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz in a “Yes, We Can” chant parodying the current occupant of the White House and gave a rapturous welcome to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who told the crowd that those “who cling to our guns, God and Constitution” have a friend in Cruz.
A relaxed Cruz, wearing boots and faded Levis, his wife Heidi standing on an outdoor stage with him, told the crowd on a hot, sultry evening they had the power to restore the U.S. Constitution, retake the U.S. Senate, retire Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, repeal Obamacare and “retire President Barack Obama.” The crowd responded with a long ovation. “That, my friends, is change we can believe in.”
Palin, who endorsed Cruz before the May primary, also mocked Obama, who predicted during a recent Texas trip that the Lone Star State soon would become “a battleground state.”
“There will be an Alaskan-sized blizzard on the Brazos before Texas turns blue for Barack,” said Palin, who wore dark sunglasses and black boots given to her by Gov. Rick Perry, who’s backing Dewhurst. Palin assured the crowd they would all be back on the same team after Tuesday.
Earlier in the evening, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., the leader of the Senate’s tea party caucus, predicted a landslide Cruz victory.
“We’re on the two-yard line,” Cruz told the crowd. “It’s the very end of the game. We have marched the entire length of the field, we started out deep in our end zone – we started out up at the hot dog stand – and I tell you the other side has brought in the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers to guard that end zone. But we are facing a battle to push those final two yards. I gotta tell you that collectively when the men and women here got us to this runoff, there was a collective shriek of terror from the Austin political establishment.”
Palin spent most of her 20-minute remarks lambasting Obama and what she called “the permanent political class” in Washington. Palin called Cruz’s election “a come-to-Jesus moment.”
“There is good news,” she said, “and that is, there is nothing wrong with America that a good, ol’ fair election can’t fix.”
She described Cruz as “a proven, common-sense constitutional conservative, and he’s a fighter and he will bring new leadership to the United States Senate. He will shrink government, he will be putting government back on the side of the American working man and he will defend the Constitution.”
“Ted is not going to D.C. to make nice with the foo-foo, chi-chi cocktail crowd,” she said. “He’s going to do the heavy lifting to rein in our out-of-control government.”
Luis Nieto, 72, a retired engineer from nearby Oak Ridge, liked what he heard. “I’ve already voted for Ted Cruz,” he said, “and I’m definitely going to vote against Barack Obama. I’ve never been a fan of Dewhurst. He goes with the flow. I don’t think he really takes a stand against anything.”
Palin also injected herself into the Chick Fil-A dustup over its owner’s support for traditional marriage. “Jason,” she said, talking to an aide, “you’re going to have to take me on our way back to the airport later. We drive back a Chick Fil-A. We don’t have that in Alaska. Love me some Chick Fil-A. So, we’ll go there, Jason, on the way, OK?” The crowd cheered.
Sandy Robinson, 53, a Woodlands business consultant, said she wasn’t sure who she supported until her mother-in-law in Dallas complained to her about “some nasty TV ads that Dewhurst was running. She was thinking they didn’t reflect the character of a man that ought to be in the U.S. Senate. Because my mother-in-law’s pretty sharp, she convinced me. Before I talked to her, I couldn’t really find the differentiation between the two men.”
Huge crowd, lots of energy. Now we wait for election day on Tuesday. Though only anecdotal, I’ve heard from folks in the major metro areas and it seems like early voting was brisk. In run-off elections turnout and enthusiasm are everything. I think this bodes well for Ted Cruz. People are far more excited to send a Reagan-Palin Conservative to Washington instead of a Republican Establishment elitist like David Dewhurst.
It’s interesting to note the comments from Sandy Robinson above. David Dewhurst has bombarded Texans with some of the most nasty and vicious ads I’ve seen in my lifetime. Not only are they filled with lies, they are absurd. One ads features an “American businessman” complaining that Ted Cruz “sent jobs to China” based on the notion this “American businessman’s” company lost business to a competitor in China. Problem is, this “American businessman’s” company is ALSO in China, and has been for 20 years. The latest ad, put out by a SuperPAC created by Dewhurst’s former chief-of-staff, and campaign manager, goes beyond all human decency though, and blames Ted Cruz for a Pennsylvania teen’s suicide. Real sleazeball politics. This has turned a lot of people off.
Ted Cruz is a man of integrity, and has a proven record of fighting for Texas. He will make a wonderful United States Senator.
Here’s some photos from the event, from Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle:
Ted Cruz Walks on Stage:
Sarah fires up the crowd:
Rockin’ them boots!
Sarah, Ted, his beautiful wife Hedi, with South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint:
Sarah, Todd, Ted, and Hedi:
Texas is Palin Country! Here’s Joshua Thuma of College Station in his Organize4Palin t-shirt:
Joshua and Cynthia Dixon, from Alvin, holding signs. Note the huge crowd: