Let’s take the second level
first. Cruz does not
that he had all the time deliberate
to accompany his household right down to
Ted Cruz Cancun trip after which instantly flip round
and fly again
. However it’s closely
implied when he says this: “Eager to
be a great
dad, I flew down with them final night time
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 night time:
“I had initially deliberate to remain by means of the weekend and to work remotely there, however as I — as I used to be heading down there, you understand, I began to have second ideas nearly instantly as a result of the disaster right here in Texas, it’s good to 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 youngsters. And youngsters wish to be with their dad and mom at that age — particularly once you go on trip!
However once you work in sure fields, it is understood — by your loved ones particularly — that there are going to be instances 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 absent 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 instances just like the one enjoying out in Texas during the last week. As I wrote on Thursday, folks count on their politicians to point out up and be current in moments of disaster — 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 that runs for the workplace — is nicely conscious of that truth. If Cruz wished a job the place he may pop off to Cancun when there was an influence disaster in Texas, he may have joined some fancy legislation agency (and he would have been welcomed with open arms!).
However he did not try this. He wished to enter public life. And once you make that selection, you sacrifice some issues — together with leaving the state you signify when it is within the midst of a large disaster.
Cruz is aware of higher
. And attempting to cover
behind the “good dad” protection solely
makes what he did worse.