The obverse of “with nice energy comes nice accountability” is that you probably have no energy, you don’t have any accountability.
Or no less than that concept proved to be a preferred method this week to defend the world’s most well-known Cancun daytripper, Ted Cruz.
As Cruz jaunted off along with his household, maybe to discover the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, a number of right-leaning pundits prompt it was a advantageous time to take a vacation, seeing as how there was nothing the U.S. senator from Texas may probably do to repair the ruins of his state, which has been reeling from an influence disaster all week.
The truth that individuals suppose Ted Cruz, a United States Senator, can do something a few state energy grid, even his personal, is slightly demonstrative of the ignorance of so many individuals who cowl politics. They’d slightly performative drama than substance.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) February 18, 2021
Ben Shapiro: “It is not an actual time disaster that Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas, can do something about…Do they count on Ted to go there with, like, a blowtorch and begin defrosting all the pipelines?” pic.twitter.com/Y36OWJLsXz
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) February 18, 2021
Sure, if solely Cruz had any choices for serving to Texans past “do completely nothing” and “be an precise superhero.”
Whereas the senator spent everything of Tuesday fumbling to discover a hearth extinguisher for the self-made scandal engulfing him, Cruz’s nemesis stepped as much as provide a glimpse of what precise management appears like.
To name no matter is between Cruz and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a feud or a rivalry could be extremely flattering to Cruz. As a substitute, it’s extra like this: Cruz frequently hounds AOC on social media to burnish his tradition struggle credentials, whereas AOC has been vocal about her desire for Cruz to resign following his function in inciting an rebel that put her at risk.
Contemplating this mutual animus, one may suppose that AOC would relish in seeing Cruz embroiled in a scandal that highlights his hypocrisy, fecklessness, and ease with mendacity. Whether or not she privately did so or not, the New York consultant permitted herself a single tweet in regards to the scandal, as soon as once more urging Cruz to resign, after which she rolled up her sleeves and set to work . . . doing what Cruz was speculated to be doing himself.
Staff AOC is launching reduction efforts for Texas beginning immediately.
Our first effort is a partnership w/ 5 Texas orgs getting on-the-ground reduction to Texans ASAP.
If you happen to’re in a position, please donate right here – it’ll cut up your contribution to all 5.
????% goes to them.https://t.co/TTIiNimja7
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 18, 2021
By all appearances, she didn’t begin elevating cash for disaster-stricken Texans to undermine Cruz or rating factors along with his constituents. One can solely guess at her intentions, nevertheless it positive appears to the untrained eye as although she merely understood the depths of devastation in Texas and determined . . . to do one thing about it?
By leaping into motion, Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated that when your job is ostensibly to make individuals’s lives higher, you discover a method to assist individuals in a time of tragedy. Certainly one of AOC’s helpful strengths in such a state of affairs is fundraising, and in order that’s what she did. If Cruz isn’t working tirelessly to coordinate emergency reduction efforts with senior Senator John Cornyn and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which he appears to not be doing, maybe he may do some fundraising himself. (We’ve definitely seen him do cold-calling earlier than.)
By 9:17 p.m. on Thursday night time, AOC had raised a million dollars for the reduction effort in Texas. Maybe one of the simplest ways to troll a fellow politician on Twitter is by not trolling them in any respect, however slightly doing their job for them.