Political Football: Changing of the guard
Texas Sen. John Cornyn on Washington's beleaguered leaders
It was a cold January day when hope and change came to Washington. When the sun set over the Potomac that day, a changing of the guard took place that would leave a lasting imprint on our nation's history.
Washingtonians bore witness to the departure of one leader, who seemed to welcome an escape from the spotlight for a return to more leisurely hobbies, and the arrival of another whose charisma and fresh approach had already inspired many across the country.
Stepping into office, the Beltway's new sheriff immediately went to work. He stocked his team with talent, wooed analysts with lofty promises and vowed an end to years of broken promises and unmet goals. Many Americans believed that this would be the dawn of a new era in our nation's capital.
Fast-forward to the present-day, and my how things have changed...
Today, Washington's chief faces relentless criticism from the same pundits who once swooned for him, even taking fire from his most passionate and loyal supporters. The Beltway press corps second-guesses every move made by this once captivating leader, whose approval numbers continue to freefall.
In contrast, his biggest rivals - a team I proudly call my own - are making a comeback that is wowing even the most outspoken naysayers. After suffering tough losses and plenty of heat from the critics, we now find ourselves on a hot streak. In fact, we're coming off a recent wave of major victories in November.
Indeed, my team, the Dallas Cowboys, are hungry and out to prove something to the American people.
Wait, who did you think I was talking about?
Trading jabs is just as common at the Capitol as it is at FedEx, and each day that I serve the good folks of Texas here I try to find common ground with my colleagues. Even if it means reaching out to the most irrational and stubborn of them all: Redskins fans.
In that spirit, I want to wish safe travels to any fans headed to Texas this Sunday. I hope you enjoy your stay at an awe-inspiring, monument of human innovation in the heart of God's country. We call it home. And speaking of faith, while it is true that the roof of Cowboys Stadium no longer has a hole in it, I'm confident God is still able to watch his favorite team play.
So in a true bipartisan gesture rarely seen in our nation's capital, let me reach across the field to wish the best of luck to Washington's team.
But come Sunday, count me on the side of America's Team.
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