In yet another victory for fiscal restraint, and further proof that the Tea Party is alive and well, voters yesterday in Texas forced Lt. Governor David Dewhurst into a July runoff against Tea Party-backed challenger Ted Cruz.
Dewhurst was backed by the Republican establishment in Texas, which certainly is conservative. But the Tea Party wants action in Washington against spending, debt and deficits, and felt Ted Cruz would be more willing to depart from convention and force change in D.C.
Thus, they denied Dewhurst the 50% of the vote needed to avoid a runoff and proceed as the Republican nominee for Senate in November, a virtual coronation in that now firmly-Red state.
The message: voters want conservative change on the fiscal front. Pay attention Senate President Mitch McConnell.