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Ted Cruz’s rationalization for his Cancun journey made issues worse

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This is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) doing precisely that in trying to explain away his temporary journey to Cancun amid Texas’ ongoing climate and energy emergency:

“With faculty canceled for the week, our women requested to make a journey with associates. Eager to be a very good dad, I flew down with them final evening and am flying again this afternoon.”

OK. So what that assertion suggests is:

1. That Cruz solely went on the journey to “be a very good dad.”

2. He was solely happening to Cancun for a day and can be flying again to Texas quickly.

Let’s take the second level first. Cruz would not say particularly that he had all the time deliberate to accompany his household all the way down to Cancun after which instantly flip round and fly again. However it’s closely implied when he says this: “Eager to be a very good dad, I flew down with them final evening and am flying again this afternoon.”

Besides we all know that Cruz modified plans after the firestorm over him leaving Texas amid an influence catastrophe started. Why? As a result of he instructed Fox Information’ Sean Hannity this on Thursday evening:

“I had initially deliberate to remain by way of the weekend and to work remotely there, however as I — as I used to be heading down there, you recognize, I began to have second ideas virtually instantly as a result of the disaster right here in Texas, you should be right here on the bottom.”

Now to the “good dad” argument. Look, I’m considerably sympathetic right here. Cruz’s daughters are shut in age to my very own children. And youngsters prefer to be with their mother and father at that age — particularly whenever you go on trip!

However whenever you work in sure fields, it is understood — by your loved ones particularly — that there are going to be occasions when you’re merely not going to be a part of household actions (together with holidays).

For me, that is throughout a presidential yr. There’s simply an excessive amount of happening at work for me to have the ability to get away for any prolonged time throughout these years. It is one thing that my household could not love however they’ve come to phrases with.

For Cruz, it is occasions just like the one taking part in out in Texas over the past week. As I wrote on Thursday, people expect their politicians to show up and be present in moments of crisis — whether or not or not that politician can impact direct change within the present second. It is a truth of being in public life. And Cruz, who has been within the Senate for almost a decade, will get that. As does his household.

Being a senator requires sacrifices — a lot of them. It isn’t a simple job or one with regular hours or different time commitments. However Cruz — and each different one who runs for the workplace — is nicely conscious of that truth. If Cruz needed a job the place he might pop off to Cancun when there was an influence disaster in Texas, he might have joined some fancy regulation agency (and he would have been welcomed with open arms!).

However he did not do this. He needed to enter public life. And whenever you make that alternative, you sacrifice some issues — together with leaving the state you symbolize when it is within the midst of an enormous disaster.

Cruz is aware of higher. And making an attempt to cover behind the “good dad” protection solely makes what he did worse.

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