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HORIST: Dan Crenshaw, rising GOP star

HORIST: Dan Crenshaw, rising GOP star

The left-leaning media is uniformly in praise of Democrat Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rouke, and Democrat gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, of Georgia and Florida respectively. They predict great futures for them not only in the Democratic Party, but as national leaders. There has even been speculation about future presidential bids.

Who won?

With all that laudatory news coverage, you might have thought that they actually won their elections. They did not. For some reason, their losing garnered more favorable publicity than was received by the candidates who actually beat them – Senator Ted Cruz, who rarely gets good press, Governor-elect Brian Kemp and Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.

Buried in the weeds of election night coverage was a guy with an eyepatch named Dan Crenshaw, who got himself elected to Congress in Texas’ 2nd District. One might view him as just another Republican who managed to hold a congressional seat that was vacated by a Republican retirement. But that would be short-sighted.

Crenshaw was not expected to win the seat because he was not expected to survive the elimination round in the GOP primary – and he almost did not. He won a place in the two-candidate runoff by besting his better known and far better financed Republican opponent, Kathleen Wall, by a mere 155 votes.

Crenshaw entered the race with modest credentials. He was a military man from the time he graduated from Tuft’s and then Harvard Universities. He was a Navy Seal Lieutenant Commander who saw action in Afghanistan, where he lost an eye to an improvised exploding devise (IED). The resultant eye patch is not only a testimonial to his patriotic service and sacrifice, it is now an iconic symbol of his public image – his unique brand, if you will.
It caught the attention of Saturday Night Live (SNL) comedian Pete Davidson, who mocked then candidate Crenshaw as looking like a “hitman in a porno movie.” Davidson seemed to question the legitimacy and seriousness of the injury by dismissively saying, “I know he lost his eye in war or whatever …”

The Davidson comments brought an immediate social media backlash of such intensity against Davidson and SNL that they were forced to extend a formal apology. How much the publicity may have helped Crenshaw in the General Election can be debated, but he defeated Democrat Todd Litton by more than 20,000 votes.

Recognizing the error of their ways, SNL invited Crenshaw to appear on the show in a skit written around the controversy. Crenshaw was allowed to heap scripted insults on Davidson, after which they engaged in a serious conversation on the importance of civility – even in humor. Or should it be “especially” in humor?

The controversy and the eyepatch have made Crenshaw arguable the most recognizable member of the House of Representatives with the exception of those in leadership, who appear on camera ad nauseum.

With Crenshaw, it is not vacuous fame.  He is a person of skill and substance.  He is one of the rare congressional newbies who will rise faster and further than most of the others in the freshman class.  His is a person of intellectual substance and oratory skills.

If you want to see a real comer, keep an eye on Crenshaw – no pun intended.

So, there ‘tis.

Editor’s note: Here’s a guy to keep an eye on (no pun intended).  I watched him face down several new Congressional Democrats on one of the liberal Sunday talk shows. They were stunned and rendered speechless. Crenshaw is articulate, high intelligent and fearless.  Its like having Jordan Peterson in Congress.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Clement Danish

    Real leaders lead and they usually show up at the right time, easily followed and supported. (Deal and Rangers LTW)

    • Beatrice Jeanne-Cushing

      Can you list at least one leader who show up at the right time? Thank you

  2. Mary Kay Wright

    I can feel comfortable saying I regard Obsma as one of the classiest most recent respected president of these times. The enormous contrast between Obama and Trump is so clear. Most of the world is appalled by. Trump’s disgusting arrogance and continual bragging. His make America white again turns nearly everyone off except for his bigoted base.

    • Daisey

      Wow…you must have been hibernating in a cave for years to NOT have noticed everything that former president Obama did to destroy and belittle citizens in our country. President Trump May be arrogant as well as a bragger…with good reason since HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED MORE GREAT THINGS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE in the short time he’s been in office. Sadly the news agencies can only print stories of bad things or about his ego. I truly wish one of the major networks would get the GUTS TO BE HONEST AND TRUE TO US CITIZENS and instead print a complete list of the over twenty plus accomplishments. my 50+ years I’ve only known people of color to be especially rasicist. Have met many different types of people working in the medical fields I was blessed to do…and seriously ONLY those non caucasion were race focused as well as holding their hands out for ANY and ALL government assistance they could get regardless if it was a Democrat President or Republican President.

    • Foxyjosh

      Mary kay Wright: “obsma” are you referring to “obama” or “osama”?
      If “having class” means giving money to our enemies in hopes that they will not attack us then you can stick your “class” where the sun don’t shine.

    • Rod Law

      And we can say the same for Obama’s BIGOTED BASE!!! It is to bad that they cannot see the forest because of the trees & the best economics and positive trade in US history. U R such a JOKE!!!

    • Denise

      Trump is the best president to date and look at what he has accomplished for America; BO was a disgrace to America and nearly destroyed it. Get off the fake news.that lies daily about President Trump; I thank God for President Trump who is cleaning up BO’s messes, from trade equity, to fighting terrorism and winning, to a humming economy with historic employment! I would rather have a warrior president defeating ISIS than BO, who paid them in appeasement. Quit trashing our president, you sound like a broken record!

  3. Beatrice

    Dear Mary Kay
    Most of the world is not correct. It’s only the Elites of the Globalists of the New World Order of One World Government that follow their Masters.
    Great Trump makes America to Light instead of Darkness.
    I’m never ashamed of being born White and French citizen. If I’m ashamed of being born
    White means I blasphème GOD. I cannot, but I accepted what GOD created me. Only SATAN will blaspheme GOD.

    May Tbe Almighty GOD of all Creations protect this True US President Donald John TRUMP against all Evils. AMEN

  4. Victor Jacquot

    Mary Kay Wright you are really confused. Obama was the most unqualified, dishonest
    President in history. He repeatedly lied to all of us.. That should really bother you.

    He was not born in the U.S. and he was a closet Muslim who used illegal drugs. A very
    wise Pastor friend of mine said Obama was the most evil man in our lifetime. Based
    on his comments, Obama had no clue on how to fix the economy.

    President Trump did!

  5. Mike

    You are clearly lacking mental clarity. You should take your meds and actually ask the doctor to increase your Rx for Rexulti. Google it idiot.

  6. Beatrice Jeanne-Cushing

    Mary Kay,
    Stop blaspheming GOD who created us. Only Satan would.

  7. madmemere

    Mary Kay – Only those who are “mentally blind” refuse to see any light.

  8. John Bartlett

    Unfortunate choice of words about one of the most conspiratorial deceitful Presidents of false pretense in the history of America. This teatise is an oral assasination of hatred—deserving a rating of 8 Ostriches.

  9. Kim

    Hussein Obama will be remember as a Muslim President who sought to destroy everything our Republic was built on. He did NOTHING for black Americans, except raise the numbers on food stamps & welfare. Jobs, not so much. He told the world, the new norm for GDP is 2%, get used to it. That’s funny, looks like Pres Trump has nearly doubled those numbers. Hussein wrecked small business with endless and useless regulations, allowed the IRS to Target conservative groups, allowed the murder of 4 Americans in Benghazi, with his corrupt Secretary of State, Killary. And let’s not forget his corrupt DOJ head, Holder, who plead the 5th over his botched “Fast & Furious” that our firearms in the hands of the Mexican Cartels…. then lost track of most of them.
    No, Hussein was not even close to adequate, a complete failure actually. He did succeed at dividing Americans & he did succeed at giving BILLIONS in cash to Iran. I guess his only success was his attempt at destroying OUR Republic. Thankfully, we now have a real leader. Not one who goes on an apology tour because we happen to be the greatest Nation in the world. Just because Pres Trump states his successes does not mean he is bragadocious, it means he’s reminding the American people… “Promises made, Promises kept!”
    The real BRAGGER is loser Hussein. He tries hard to take credit for things he had zero part in. You can always tell when he’s brag/lying… His voice changes & his infliction reaches a female pitch.
    Bye bye Hussein… you’re out & we have a real leader, you might want to take notes, you might actually learn something! Doubtful though…. one an Alinsky student, always an Alinsky student!

  10. Michael McGehee

    Yes. I would have to agree with Mary K. Wrong. If I was a Socialist / Commmunist Non Thinker, like Her I would definitely think Barak Hussein O Bama or what ever his actual name is,could be considered a better choice than The Donald. Yes indeed, not since Richard Nixon has any US President stood before the people of this Country and lied more profusely than ” You can keep your Doctor and you can keep your Health Plan” numerous times on national TV, so Ms. Wrong is actually Wright on this one!! LOL. However, as the Constitution loving ,hater of the “From those with ability to those with need”. (A.Rand) non thinking crew. The truth is if Donald doesnt get the vast majority of the things he mandated for himself and this country to get done, Mary K. Wrong will get ITS way. Then we, and our descendants get to politically,economically ethically and morally regress to the maudlin incompetent level of the Plantation like the rest of the Socialist / Communist world. Wright Ms. Wrong???

  11. Camille Gilliam

    Congratulations to Dan Crenshaw!

  12. JBar

    Congratulations to a Navy Brother from a Disabled Vietnam Combat Vet

  13. Lisa

    Trump is an Antichrist. I challenge anyone to reveal ONE thing he has done,said or tweeted that reveals other wise.

  14. George

    You steeple are playing directing intron the commies/Antichrist 666 hands. You are destroying America through a proxy civil war
    by dividing Americans. We have a common enemy and it’s not each other.

  15. J. D. Vereen

    Trump is not the Antichrist! All of his accomplishments to date including moving the embassy to Jerusalem,putting the U. S. first,protecting the U
    S., standing with Israel,& usually telling the truth for the most part,etc.;etc Shows that he is not the Antichrist. What about any of that is Antichrist?