Rep. Dan Crenshaw represents the 2nd Congressional District (which includes northwest Houston) and also represents the next generation of Republican leadership.

As a member of SEAL Team 3, Crenshaw lost his right eye and damaged the left one due to an IED in Afghanistan in 2012. Lt. Commander Crenshaw (2 Bronze Stars – 1 with V – Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation with valor) was medically discharged from the Navy four years later and went on to get a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard.

He joined us from his home in Texas (with an occasional hammering courtesy of a contractor) to talk about his journey to Congress, Russian adventurism in Ukraine and the state of affairs in domestic politics.

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  1. OwnedByDogs Lincoln
    OwnedByDogs
    @JuliaBlaschke

    I really like Crenshaw. I won’t be in his district when I move to Texas or I would happily vote for him.

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  2. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    8:30: Laments “so-called fighters” who don’t accomplish wins for conservatism. OK, I understand the criticism, but I would counter,  how many conservative wins were there under “go along to get along” Paul Ryan and John Boehner?

    13:10: “I just want us to be principled conservatives.” The phrase “Principled conservative” these days seems to be offered mostly in defense of abandoning conservative policies. When Bill Kristol can call himself a “principled conservative” while campaigning for Democrats, the phrase no longer means anything.

    15:40: “Don’t vote for anyone who campaigns on cleaning up the swamp.” I’ll concede, it’s a slogan that candidates run on without meaning it, but the “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” GOP should not be throwing stones in that particular glass house. And that some politicians run on that without doing anything doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot of corruption, lethargy, waste, and destructiveness in Washington that should go unchallenged.

    17:00: “George W. Bush and Paul Ryan deserve credit for recognizing that entitlement spending was a problem.” And they did nothing about it. He admits no one will do anything about entitlements, which is realistic and what I have said for years. It’s a bit odd to concede that nothing can be done about entitlements while lamenting political “fatalism” in the same interview.

    23:00: Admission that Trump had it right on foreign policy, so there’s that.

    23:30:  Ah, the praise for Trump was a set-up for attacking people skeptical of American policy in Ukraine.  Sigh.

    24:40: Laments that recent experience in Iraq and Afghanistan have soured the American appetite for foreign interventions.  “Why can’t you see the difference?” We can see it’s the exact same military and civilian leadership that botched Afghanistan.  That’s what the problem is.

    26:25: Ukraine is a “major European country?”  I would quibble with the word major. Ukraine lags behind the rest of Europe in both economic and social development. I don’t think they even have drag queen story hour yet. And while Ukraine’s notorious corruption does not justify Russian aggression, it still shouldn’t be hand-waved.

    34:00: Oppose no-fly zone. Good. But he also says Russia isn’t serious about escalating, undermining the rationale for opposing a no-fly zone. I still oppose one and think the West should offer Putin a golden off-ramp to cease hostilities and withdraw. But I get from Crenshaw that the mood of Washington is to drag things out because it’s hurting Putin. (Sucks to be the civilians who are dying because we hate Putin too much to try diplomacy.)

    35:00: “We need to learn lessons from Ukraine.” We aren’t even learning lessons from Afghanistan. I wish we were, but the military’s priorities seem to be CRT and Gender Issues; not how we can avoid losing the next war by figuring out where the last one went awry.

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  3. Franz Drumlin Member
    Franz Drumlin
    @FranzDrumlin

    The most important word used by Crenshaw is “persuade.” The only way to ‘fight’ and ‘win’ is to persuade more people to to vote for you than the other person. 

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  4. RufusRJones Member
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    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):
    17:00: “George W. Bush and Paul Ryan deserve credit for recognizing that entitlement spending was a problem.” And they did nothing about it. He admits no one will do anything about entitlements, which is realistic and what I have said for years. 

    Exactly. 

    Why worry about spending or anything like this, particularly when it’s going to create a recession? The time to get serious about this was the mid 90s.

    Work on other goals, which they won’t. 

     

     

     

     

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  5. Nathanael Ferguson Contributor
    Nathanael Ferguson
    @NathanaelFerguson

    Crenshaw talks a good game but is a sub-par member of Congress. I’d prefer he move along. He is basically the Lindsey Graham of the US House of Representatives. 

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  6. Victor Tango Kilo Member
    Victor Tango Kilo
    @VtheK

    Nathanael Ferguson (View Comment):

    Crenshaw talks a good game but is a sub-par member of Congress. I’d prefer he move along. He is basically the Lindsey Graham of the US House of Representatives.

    I really want to like the guy, but his demeanor during the interview was very Bushie.

    He was at his most animated and spirited when denouncing (not by name) fellow Republicans who he felt were too rancorous. He argues that we need to persuade and seek common ground with people who are not on our side, but he seems unwilling to extend that persuasion and “come-by-the-fire-and-sing-kumbayah” to people on his own side of the aisle that he disagrees with. (I believe he has called them “grifters.”)

    And about policy, he seemed very unspecific on all but one: the necessity of foreign interventions. He was dismissive of the idea of reforming “the swamp.” He waved off entitlements as a lost cause. But he was “Hell yeah!” on confronting Russia.

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  7. OwnedByDogs Lincoln
    OwnedByDogs
    @JuliaBlaschke

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    He waved off entitlements as a lost cause. But he was “Hell yeah!” on confronting Russia.

    No he didn’t and no he wasn’t.

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    I liked him! I especially appreciated that he stated we should stop cringing everytime Putin makes threats against everyone, especially about nukes. I’m getting tired of Biden’s weakness and reticence about acting, just because he takes everything Putin says at face value. 

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  9. DonG (CAGW is a Hoax) Coolidge
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    @DonG

    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):

    The most important word used by Crenshaw is “persuade.” The only way to ‘fight’ and ‘win’ is to persuade more people to to vote for you than the other person.

    Voters have heard an @ssload of persuasive words.  They respond to actions.  Do something.  Fight for something!   Crenshaw seems to have devolved into a fundraising caricature.  All happy talk and no action.

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  10. Nathanael Ferguson Contributor
    Nathanael Ferguson
    @NathanaelFerguson

    Victor Tango Kilo (View Comment):

    Nathanael Ferguson (View Comment):

    Crenshaw talks a good game but is a sub-par member of Congress. I’d prefer he move along. He is basically the Lindsey Graham of the US House of Representatives.

    I really want to like the guy, but his demeanor during the interview was very Bushie.

    He was at his most animated and spirited when denouncing (not by name) fellow Republicans who he felt were too rancorous. He argues that we need to persuade and seek common ground with people who are not on our side, but he seems unwilling to extend that persuasion and “come-by-the-fire-and-sing-kumbayah” to people on his own side of the aisle that he disagrees with. (I believe he has called them “grifters.”)

    And about policy, he seemed very unspecific on all but one: the necessity of foreign interventions. He was dismissive of the idea of reforming “the swamp.” He waved off entitlements as a lost cause. But he was “Hell yeah!” on confronting Russia.

    Yes. Very much a go along (with the left) to get along; all while talking up how conservative he is to the folks back home. 

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