Cornyn: We’re being realists

posted at 10:55 am on May 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Red State offered Senator John Cornyn, chair of the NRSC, an opportunity to explain why he decided to endorse Governor Charlie Crist in a Republican primary against Marco Rubio for the open Senate seat in Florida.  The decision has met with widespread criticism in the blogosphere, including here, especially for a party that professes a desire to return to the federalist philosophy of the wisdom of decentralized government.  Cornyn explains that the underlying data left the NRSC no choice:

The NRSC’s endorsement is not a reflection on Marco Rubio; it is a realistic assessment of both the 2010 Florida Senate race and the national map. With the Democrats standing on the precipice of a filibuster-proof majority, we cannot afford to lose this seat in 2010. Endorsing Charlie Crist will save the NRSC precious resources that can be used to fight in other states. It will also ensure that the strongest Republican candidate maintains control of this seat, and build our numbers with the resulting opportunity to shape policy.

While Rubio is certainly an up-and-comer in Florida, a recent Mason Dixon poll showed that he only has a 44 percent name ID among Republicans, which will ultimately force him to spend a lot more money introducing himself to Floridians. Govenor Crist, in contrast, has a 100 percent name ID among Republicans, according to the same poll. In a general election match-up with Democrat Congressman Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist wins handily 55 percent to 24 percent.

We have a chance to field competitive candidates in Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, California, Arkansas, and Colorado in 2010. But in order to succeed, we need candidates who fit their states. Winning back the majority requires not only that we hold the Democrats accountable, but also that we embrace the vast number of issues upon which Republicans agree. Failing to do so will hand the Democrats yet another victory in 2010, and deny the American people a check on Democrat-controlled government.

But who’s the most qualified to select the candidates who “fit their states”?  Would we get a better fit for the state by having a committee inside the Beltway picking the candidates, or the people of the states themselves?  It seems to me that the former would tend to produce candidates who fit the Beltway establishment, rather than the actual will of the voters in the states.  Frankly, we already have enough Republicans in love with the Beltway; we don’t need another.

Last night, I co-moderated a debate for the Minnesota GOP, hosted by SD-45 Republicans, with the candidates for state party chair and deputy chair taking questions originating from Republicans across the state. (Photo below, and I’m not going to wear a tie again for a month, at least.)  One point the candidates for both positions made repeatedly was that the role of the party leadership at the state level was not to pick the candidates for the districts.  Their job was to support the grassroots and the local organizations in searching for the best candidates and helping to get them elected.  To a person, they rejected the top-down selection process as dispiriting to the grassroots and local orgs, and also counterproductive to getting candidates who truly represent the districts.

This is a lesson that the NRSC should have learned a long time ago.  If Crist has such soaring support, then he doesn’t need the NRSC to throw around its weight in the primary on his behalf.  Why not let Florida decide who should represent them in the general election, and have the NRSC do its job at that point?


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Maybe the reason you’ve got so few resources to spread around, is because you’re pissing off the people who’d give them to ya.

Iblis on May 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

If Crist has such soaring support, then he doesn’t need the NRSC to throw around its weight in the primary on his behalf.

I’m still surprised that no one posted Crist invoking Reagan’s “if you want to kill something, tax it” comment to support his $1 cigarette tax yesterday.

lorien1973 on May 29, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Translation: We need another good ol’ boy who won’t make any waves and allow us to stay on Ogabe’s good side while we protect our pensions.

Bishop on May 29, 2009 at 11:01 AM

But who’s the most qualified to select the candidates who “fit their states”?

Obviously not us lemmings. Until the NRSC and the RNC figure that out, we’re screwed.

Now it’s time to listen to our Precedent talking about his new Cyber Czar….

Eyeroll

Knucklehead on May 29, 2009 at 11:01 AM

In Illinois we had the Republicans fighting a bill that would allow voters choose the head of GOP districts as opposed to the state leaders. For some reason this process is governed by state laws and the Democrats put this local choice method over the top.

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The NRSC needs to butt out. Yes, they want to pick any new members of the Senate…but it’s not their choice and we don’t need any more Cornyns. Also, I wouldn’t trust these clowns to pick a winner if my life depended on it. You can’t look at poll numbers 18 months out from an election and decide who the winner will be. Idiots.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I’ve gotten a few calls from the RNC and the NRSC asking for funds. My answer to their queries is ‘I’ve given in the past, but have no intention of giving again until you rescind your endorsement of Charlie Crist and stay neutral during all Republican primaries.’

Slublog on May 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

which will ultimately force [Rubio] to spend a lot more money introducing himself to Floridians

Then do your job. Help get his name out there or help defray the cost. Don’t just say, well he’s not known to the public, so we can’t run him. Talk about taking the easy cheap way out.

LastRick on May 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Maybe the reason you’ve got so few resources to spread around, is because you’re pissing off the people who’d give them to ya.

+1

One of many reasons I quit the Republican party and won’t give the clueless, gutless fools a dime.

single stack on May 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM

One of the Headlines highlights an article about Cornyn’s criticism of Rush, Newt, and Tancredo rushing in to criticize Sotomayor. There’s he’s right. The criticism can’t be shrill. It needs to be emotionless, serious-minded, Jack Webb just-the-facts, ma’am-like, and overwhelming. The Hispanc KKK is not helpful.

Here, however, Cornyn is completely wrong and should be crucified (figuratively speaking, of course). Release the hounds.

BuckeyeSam on May 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Ed, I’m with you on this though Cornyn may well have his point as well. But it would sound more logical if he’d also communicated with the locals more than his insider vested country club interests. The ol’ pat on the head and “we know best” mantra really grates on grassroots nerves. Cornyn flirts with the wrong sort, and that disturbs his constituents, even if it makes him more popular in Washington. What wisdom Cornyn has loses face with the voters when he sides against us in favor of the good ol’ boy network.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

So tell us how picking the “safe old guy” worked for McCain……and Bob Dole?

perroviejo on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Isn’t Rubio a Latino? Why isn’t Cornyn worried about insulting the Latino voters by supporting Crist?

katiejane on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Have you ever wondered why these lawyers & judges always stick up for each other no mater what.I think they think it better to defend each other than the Consit.and what right for this country.

thmcbb on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Ed, are you working on a third chin?

Tom

marinetbryant on May 29, 2009 at 11:11 AM

katiejane on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

It’s pretty obvious…RINOs want more RINOs around them to give them cover when the vote for all the new Obama goodness coming down the pipeline.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Have you ever wondered why these lawyers & judges always stick up for each other no mater what.I think they think it better to defend each other than the Consit.and what right for this country.

thmcbb on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

I think we need an Engineers for Office movement. Recruit people with engineering degrees (and no legal degrees allowed) to solve problems. Namely, to undo the crap the people with legal degrees have brought on us.

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM

“The NRSC’s endorsement is not a reflection on Marco Rubio … [~35 word snip] … It will also ensure that the strongest Republican candidate maintains control of this seat”

HEY CORYN — STOP LYING. It IS a reflection on Rubio — you [from ~1,000 miles away] have “decreed from mt. olympus the beltway” that crist is the anointed one and that’s the end of the discussion. Well, F+++ YOU and your party until you retract this.

/i’m surrounded by morons

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Busy Ed Morrissey: book reviewer, blogger, talk show host, husband, dad, grandpa, & now debate moderator!

jgapinoy on May 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Seriously. Between this and his defense of Sotomayor, I may never vote for another Republican again.

besser tot als rot on May 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM

“WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM”

good luck with that. most engineers would rather gouge their eyes out than endure the crap that goes into sausage-making the legislative process.

/B.S.E. [Mechanical]

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I think we need an Engineers for Office movement.

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM

+1000.

Wait, I think we’ve outed ourselves.

LastRick on May 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM

“katiejane on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM”

crist is for amnesty — DUH

:-(

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

The ol’ pat on the head and “we know best” mantra really grates on grassroots nerves. Cornyn flirts with the wrong sort, and that disturbs his constituents, even if it makes him more popular in Washington. What wisdom Cornyn has loses face with the voters when he sides against us in favor of the good ol’ boy network.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Yep & has everyone forgotten how Cornyn votes? TARP, Geithner nomination, Porkulus….The same with Hutchinson these folks are not Conservatives. I don’t support progressives period. It doesn’t matter which party they are in. I am an Independent so I don’t identify Republican. What is the last percentage of people identifying Independent 36-39% Republicans 20%? Huh and the Republicans think they need to be more like Democrats? Good Luck With That.

Dr Evil on May 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

As a Party, we were stunned. Having failed to anticipate shifting national dynamics and the growing appetite for change in America, we lost critical voting constituencies including independents, Hispanics, and young voters nationwide. And with Barack Obama’s overwhelming victory in 2008, the Democrats acquired an even broader and stronger majority in Congress, leaving Republicans with very little power in Washington to fight against wasteful spending as our nation spiraled into an economic crisis.

Cornyn is clueless. The reason the Republicans lost in 2006 is very simple…they abandoned the principles of small government, fiscal conservatism and became big government, pork-meisters. He’s trying to re-write history and say just the opposite. The NRSC is damaging the GOP. The voters will soon have a huge appetite for fiscal conservatism again…at a time when these boobs want to shift the GOP closer to Democrat policies.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Most hilarious economic article, ever!

Summary: It’s pretty crappy out there, but if there are unicorns, things will be ok!

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry.

lorien1973 on May 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

“While Rubio is certainly an up-and-comer in Florida, a recent Mason Dixon poll showed that he only has a 44 percent name ID among Republicans, which will ultimately force him to spend a lot more money introducing himself to Floridians.”

Well, let’s help him out then…

ujorge on May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

How about you guys being realistically voted out. I don’t need democrat-lite. Is it permitted on this site to say, “grow a pair”?

Some famous person said, ‘watch the pennies, and the dimes will look out for themselves.’ How about we worry about the incremental takeover of our country, and the big things will take care of themselves.

TimothyJ on May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

I’m not sure where all of his support is coming from. Here in NW Florida he is not popular at all. Must be the “snow birds” coming down from Michigan, NY, NJ, and Ohio. NW Florida is a conservative strong hold, Rubio needs to concentrate on this area, get more people to the voting booth.

milwife88 on May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

/B.S.E. [Mechanical]

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Hah! Same here! Who knew MEs were into politics.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Cornyn has been off the rails the last couple of days.

Must be swine flu.

Valiant on May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

This is just another example that the RNC is the problem! They keep supporting the same old crap that plays bad politics instead of giving the people the choice. They’re doing the same thing here in NJ with Lonegan/Christie. Christie CANNOT beat Corzine and if he does it will be the same old politics for this state. A vote for Christie is a vote for Corzine. This is why we can’t get good republicans in this state. the last one was Whitman supported by RNC and she mad a HUGE mess and they voted her out with another dem. When and if Christies elected he will screw up and get voted out with another dem with the same old bad politics.

STOP VOTING FOR THE RNC CANDIATES IF YOU DON’T LIKE THEM AND VOTE FOR THE OTHER REPUBLICAN TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE RNC. Many people think that if they’re supported RNC or DNC they’re the best candidate NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xler8bmw on May 29, 2009 at 11:20 AM

“AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM”

unlike far too many of our peers in other professions, we actually look at the $$$$ being withheld every two weeks and say “hey, WAIT A MINUTE”

/jmo

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:20 AM

This Texan is becoming fed up with Cornyn. Bashing Rush and Cheney for their statements on Sotomayor; now this!! Overmanagement is how we lost a war. Get out of the way JC.

PaCadle on May 29, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Second most hilarious article of the day. This is what is considered economic journalism these days?

lorien1973 on May 29, 2009 at 11:21 AM

We have a chance to field competitive candidates in Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, California, Arkansas, and Colorado in 2010.

So Pat Toomey isn’t competitive? The PA GOP has endorsed him. He doesn’t have any likely primary challengers. Arlen does with Sestak. And Toomey isn’t competitive. Have you looked at how he’s closing in on Arlen in the polls.

Wethal on May 29, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Cornyn did the same thing to Toomey who earned the right to compete against Specter, trying to pre-empt Toomey’s candidacy with Tom Ridge.

Cornyn had better realize that burning the grassroots leads to famine. His country club clique want to pat us on the head with the “we know best” mantra that makes us sick.

It is precisely the NEW and conservative Republicans who are running for office that deserve the GOP support, not the ol’ farts the dragged our asses out to dry and kick us every time they whine for more support.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Senator Cornyn made a huge mistake in endorsing Crist. He might be in trouble in Texas over it. Hey Senator Cornyn.. Crist led Rudy along and then dumped him for ninkumpoop McCain. That’s what type of a guy he is. Specter with a tan. You better change to neutral Cornyn and endorse conservatives or you will never have a majority again. A CONSERVATIVE… and Rubio is the real thing. I gave money to him to fight YOU !!!!

suzyk on May 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

“Specter with a tan”

SO stealing that …

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:24 AM

As a Floridian, my message to Cornyn and the NSRC is: shut up and butt out.

If they persist in this, all the NSRC will accomplish is to anger the base in Florida. Many of us were not pleased with Martinez, what makes them think someone to his left is going to make us happy?

raz0r on May 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Isn’t Rubio a Latino? Why isn’t Cornyn worried about insulting the Latino voters by supporting Crist?

katiejane on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

yup.

ExTex on May 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Cornyn, have you noticed that the Florida GOP has backed off and will not endorse any candidate for the GOP senate nomination in 2010? It will stay neutral.

Maybe they know something [about Florida] that you don’t? Since they’re actually there and you’re up in the Beltway.

Wethal on May 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

A con can win in fl

And I’m a realist

But a con can win in FL

blatantblue on May 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Hah! Same here! Who knew MEs were into politics.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Ok. Make that Electrical Engineers for Office. ;-)

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM

“WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM”

proof that circuit analysis sucks even worse than sausage making …
:-)
:-)

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

What an idiot this Cornyn guy is.
He is alienating the one Latino block that supports republicans and conservatives: Cuban Americans.
I spoke with Cuban Americans in Florida, especially Hialeah and Miami, they’re not happy.
This is illustrative of why we need to clean house of all these dinosaur republicans. They have no clue what they’re doing. They’re in the beltway too long and have lost perspective.

jencab on May 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

PaCadle on May 29, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I know I WON’T support Kay Bailey Hutchison for Gov. vs. Perry. I wrote her not to leave the Senate seat open without endorsing a firm conservative candidate to win her seat. She wrote everyone with her “testing the field” announcement, and I responded for her to NOT divide the Texan Republicans. If she wants to retire from Washington, then she should retire from politics.

My letters to Cornyn used to praise his conservative votes. My messages to him have become increasingly critical. Having launched into his Senate career from TX Attorney General, enough time has now lapsed that hidden dirty laundry passing with his signatures is surfacing. His nose isn’t clean.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

“The Republican party is today’s oppressed minority. Washington DC is the Old South for the Republican Party. The Republicans in Washington have mastered the art of behaving like an oppressed minority with no desire for emancipation.” – Maharushie

They move to the back of the bus, they use the water fountain they’re told to, they anoint the SCOTUS nominee they’re handed…
People here in Texas are so fed up with the toothless GOP allowing all the Democrap hijinks that they are ready to manually carry them out of the capitol.

If they know something the people don’t they’d better give us a hint before we dispense with them altogether, cause it looks like we have a 1.5 party system, not 2 parties.

rishika on May 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM

No mo’ money to the NRSC evah!

ExTex on May 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM

hey have no clue what they’re doing. They’re in the beltway too long and have lost perspective.

jencab on May 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

THAT is what they know they are doing, preserving their status quo.

You’re right, the only thing they “give” us is flack.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Ggiven you screen name, did you graduate from THE Ohio State? U of Ill. for me.

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM

The latest increase raises federal obligations to a record $546,668 per household in 2008, according to the USA TODAY analysis. That’s quadruple what the average U.S. household owes for all mortgages, car loans, credit cards and other debt combined.

Congratulations! Kids born today are saddled with $550,000 in debt from the moment they are born.

Thanks!

lorien1973 on May 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Seriously? If Cornyn is right, he shouldn’t waste any money supporting Crist. GOP will already pick him. His own argument works against his own actions. If Crist is a lock, why does he need help against Rubio?

hawksruleva on May 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM

“WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM”

nope — a MAC school actually …

/all i’ll say for now …

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:37 AM

We have a chance to field competitive candidates in Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, California, Arkansas, and Colorado in 2010.

California? Who can beat Babsie Boxer in Collie-fornia?

Rob Simmons has a good shot in CT, Burris is definitely vulnerable in IL, and we should get Huckabee to run in AR.

But Cornyn might want to get some of these “competitive” candidates posted on the NRSC website. The website currently lists Barack Obama and Joe Biden as Senators from IL and DE respectively, and no challengers in any states. Hey NRSC, the 2008 election was 6 months ago, could you PLEASE update the website?

Steve Z on May 29, 2009 at 11:37 AM

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Oh, come on now…the MEs and EEs just need to make sure the CEs don’t get elected.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM

What an idiot this Cornyn guy is.
He is alienating the one Latino block that supports republicans and conservatives: Cuban Americans.
I spoke with Cuban Americans in Florida, especially Hialeah and Miami, they’re not happy.
This is illustrative of why we need to clean house of all these dinosaur republicans. They have no clue what they’re doing. They’re in the beltway too long and have lost perspective.

jencab on May 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

And maybe Cornyn the Texan, and his DC Poolster friends, don’t know Florida as well as Floridians do.

hawksruleva on May 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM

I’m sick of Cornyn’s excuses.

CP on May 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM

“and we should get Huckabee to run in AR.”

NOOOOOOOOO!

/there HAS to be a competent righty in the ~million gopers in ar — has to …

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Like I said… I sent money to Rubio. I got a message back from Jeb Bush, Jr. who is endorsing and supporting him. My guess is, and it’s a guess, that Jeb Bush will support Rubio and bye bye Crist, which is what we want. Then he can get a divorce from his marriage smoke screen. Cornyn is toast from what I hear from my vast number of Texan friends. Toast….

suzyk on May 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

“Steve Z on May 29, 2009 at 11:37 AM”

tubes must be stuck …

/t. stevens

:-(

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Isn’t Rubio a Latino? Why isn’t Cornyn worried about insulting the Latino voters by supporting Crist?

katiejane on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

yup.

ExTex on May 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Cornyn needs a good ass whoopin’ to remind him that his own constituents are largely Hispanic.

Morons need not imply that I prefer Gonzalo Barrientos and even bigger government.

But Cornyn didn’t get elected on the platform of bail-outs, more taxation, and more government regulation.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

” Jeb Bush will support Rubio”

iirc, Jeb endorsed Marco last week …

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Oh, come on now…the MEs and EEs just need to make sure the CEs don’t get elected.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Concur. Those CE (and assume you mean Civil Eng and not Comp Engineer) have an incentive to fund infratructure projects. MEs and EEs have incentive to create some really cool stuff for the military.

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

I think that was Jeb, Jr., Jeb’s younger son.

Wethal on May 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM

…I’m not going to wear a tie again for a month, at least.)

Looking at that tie Ed, perhaps you should never wear one again – ever.

I kid, I kid. :)

catmman on May 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

“Wethal on May 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM”

OH …

/ok

Buckaroo on May 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Yep, CE = Civil Engineers. Worked as a software dev most of my life, so I’m cool with EE/Comp Engineers.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Spoke to some office hack this a.m. Where is Cornyn’s voice concerning the Black Panther decision, the ACORN Census connection, etc. etc.

Get your money back at 512-494-8535

What a douche…..

nondhimmie on May 29, 2009 at 11:46 AM

These squishy Republicans who ran as conservatives are coordinating their “Moderate Pride” parade.

Whether Cornyn, McCain, or Schwarzenegger, they don’t play nice at all. Arnold called Rush “fat” (as if Arnold’s steroid abuse is honorable) and then tells conservatives that WE are the verbally abusive delinquents.

The grotesque point is that these squishies have been playing Dr. Moreau abusing our elephant, selling us out, sending us to their horrible island for further abuse.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 11:49 AM

…so I’m cool with EE/Comp Engineers.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I have one of each of those degrees. So I got that going for me…which is nice. My wife, though, has a CE degree, but she does the hard job of Civil Engineering the kids.

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Endorsing Charlie Crist will save the NRSC precious resources that can be used to fight in other states.

Senator, maybe your donations would increase if you quit endorsing RINOs.

It looks like you’re pursuing a failed policy from 2008. “Self-funding” candidates, regardless of whether they represent core GOP principles. Crist has a war chest. So back off and see if Rubio can raise money on his own. You needn’t spend a penny in the primary.

It becomes a vicious circle. More RINOs, fewer contributions, greater need for anyone who’ll run on the GOP ticket with his own money….

Wethal on May 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM

The RNC and the NRSC believe the voters are sheep to be led to the “right” path and cannot be trusted with their own votes. And yet they still wonder why the party is dying.
Idiots.

SKYFOX on May 29, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Tune into Rush, he just announced he was asked to do a fundraiser for Cornyn, and Rush accepted.

Ouch.

jeff_from_mpls on May 29, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I’m with Coryn…Gotta be pragmatic. Crist is a shoe in, will probably win in a landslide. Rubio is a toss up. North worth it.

therightwinger on May 29, 2009 at 12:11 PM

The interference in state primary battles by the party is one of the big reasons I no longer contribute to them. They pulled Specters butt out of the toilet last time when I supported his opponent, and we all saw how well that worked.

JIMV on May 29, 2009 at 12:11 PM

jeff_from_mpls on May 29, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Interesting. We’ll see what Texas voters have to say about it. I don’t like the guy, but I can’t vote in Texas.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Realist.

I’ll take Great Realists in history for $100, Alex.

The realists in 1776 thought the British Empire would crush that rabble of an army.

Good thing Andrew Jackson wasn’t a realist when he went against a larger British force in New Orleans. Who would be on the $20?

The realists at Agincourt should have retreated to avoid a heavy defeat to the numerical superioty of the French.

I have another word for realist.

reaganaut on May 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Apparently, Cornyn ascribes to the Arlen Specter belief that Republican primary voters aren’t to be trusted. How Lovely.

jnelchef on May 29, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Cornyn seems to be missing one very important but basic point here. Crist may very well have 100% name ID with Republican voters but the problem is that a proportion of that 100% doesn’t like what he stands for.

And they won’t vote for him.

100% name recognition isn’t always a good thing.

Jay Mac on May 29, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Cornyn should put a little red bow in his hair.

Barrack on May 29, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Why not let Florida decide who should represent them in the general election, and have the NRSC do its job at that point?

Because grassroots support is great… as long as they support what the GOPimps are selling.

Lehosh on May 29, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Cornyn will catch hell from me here in Texas from here on out. Cornyn and his band of Washington insiders have taken the bait, and continually accept the premise from liberals regarding the GOP. Cornyn is a politician, not a statesman unfortunately.

Let’s start looking for his replacement.

Bleed_thelizard on May 29, 2009 at 12:30 PM

This is just another in a long line of Faustian bargins the Repubs have been making for the last ten years. Bargains that have got them the back bench where they will be staying for years to come unless there is a complete house cleaning of the leadership even if it includes throwing out the baby with the bath water.

There should be only two qualifiers for being a Repub these days—fiscal restraint/balanced budgets with no smoke and mirrors and small government in all things considered.

All the other crap folks argue about has no meaning if the Republic disappears under debt and big brother.

patrick neid on May 29, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Those in FL Palm Beach County vote for Allen West for Congress!

xler8bmw on May 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

You know the Republican party could have this thing… ahhh… what do they call it? Hmmm… oh! A PRIMARY! Yes, yes! And then, after the members of the Republican party chose who they wanted the NRSC could… ahhhh… what’s that concept?

Oh!

BACK THE WINNER!

Yes and if you wanted it to be fair so that members of the party got to know the candidates you could do this thing known as: HOLD DEBATES. Holy smokes! What an idea! Let candidates present their case to PARTY MEMBERS who then DECIDE who they want FIRST.

Glory be, what a concept.

Let the State party run that, invite party members to come to local venues and hold a series of debates on questions the local members want addressed… why… that is a radical idea, I know.

Republicans might want to try it some day.

ajacksonian on May 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I stopped giving $$$ to the Republicrats years ago. I will not support the “RINO’s are us” party. Subsidizing failure (Dole, Specter, McCain, et al) is what got the GOP to where it is today.

mountainmanbob on May 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Sad to see Cornyn is turning into another cowering wimp Republican. They kiss the butt of moderates and liberals and criticize their own supporters. How him or anyone like him thinks this is a winning strategy I have no idea. McCain tried that….

echosyst on May 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

One of the Headlines highlights an article about Cornyn’s criticism of Rush, Newt, and Tancredo rushing in to criticize Sotomayor. There’s he’s right. The criticism can’t be shrill. It needs to be emotionless, serious-minded, Jack Webb just-the-facts, ma’am-like, and overwhelming. The Hispanc KKK is not helpful.

What Newt, Rush and Tanc said was honest and it is certainly true. We have the nominees own words to go by? Did you not read them or listen to them? She basically said her sex and ethnicity make her a superior judge. That is racist and sexist all rolled into one. If it isn’t, what is? Sorry to give you some uncomfortable facts.

echosyst on May 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Cornyn: We’re being realists

So the Republican leadership would rather surrender to the rinos than lose an election, but what have they won with a surrender?

RJL on May 29, 2009 at 1:15 PM

As a voting Republican and a Texan, I’m making my duty NOT to vote for Cornyn again.

As a matter of fact, via Numbers USA, I just sent him a fax regarding the racist SCOTUS nominee and his defense of her against conservative talk radio personalities.

I didn’t vote for him in the last election cycle because of his non-conservative positions (i.e., reaching across the aisle), and I reminded him of that.

madmonkphotog on May 29, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Counterpoint to Cornyn’s assertion – how many people knew who Barack Obama was at this point in 2007? Hell, how many people know who he really is right now?

steveegg on May 29, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Cornyn just got reelected. He figures he doesn’t need to pretend to act like a conservative again until late 2013.

bw222 on May 29, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Shortly after giving a handsome chunk of change to the NRSC in response to Cornyn’s fundraising pleas, I became more aware of his tone-deaf decisions on its behalf. No more money will be coming from me unless he changes his tune. The funds will be going towards candidates who have genuine grass-roots support and conservative values. Those candidates CAN win, given the climate of disgust that the voters have with business as usual inside the Beltway. The Tea Parties were not a social event; they garnered support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in my corner of PA.

My contributions to Toomey already exceed what I have sent to the NRSC. They will grow exponentially.

I heard Rubio on Hannity’s show yesterday while I was driving home. The man is the real deal. We need more of his caliber.

Cornyn should buy a clue from the Community Organizer-in-Chief, comfortably ensconced in the WH. Support for a candidate comes from the bottom up. Cornyn should trust the voters in each state to choose its own candidate, support that candidate monetarily when possible, and really get behind that candidate during the general election.

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Maybe the reason you’ve got so few resources to spread around, is because you’re pissing off the people who’d give them to ya.

Iblis on May 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Exactly right

kangjie on May 29, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Anything I might post here would be redundant, so I’ll just say Cornyn, you fool, you hopeless fool. Why don’t you get a job at a GM dealership?

Mr. Grump on May 29, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Cornyn: We’re being realists

Are ya now?:

While establishment Republicans find solace in complaining about the demands from the right, the record of history shows that virtually every warning and call for internal reform conservatives have offered since 1996 has been vindicated. It was conservatives who indicted the corrupting practice of pork-barrel spending long before sitting members were formally indicted. It was conservatives who warned that budget surpluses would quickly disappear in an environment of out-of-control spending and decimate the Republican brand. It was conservatives who insisted that a culture of oversight was more important to our long-term success than a culture of parochialism.

Therefore, what led the Republican Party to this day was not the application of conservative principles but the abandonment of those principles while hypocritically appealing to those tenets. The past few years have shown a strong correlation between electoral success and fidelity to limited government conservatism. The more Republicans abandoned conservatism, the more voters abandoned Republicans.

Rae on May 29, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Interesting. We’ll see what Texas voters have to say about it. I don’t like the guy, but I can’t vote in Texas.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 12:15 PM

He lost this Texan voter next round(unfortunately not until 2014)
I keep hearing “A conservative can’t win in X district or state”. How do we know this is true when the R party hasn’t supported a conservative in those areas for decades. All they ever do is try to run moderates and they keep losing ground. They need to separate themselves from the democrats yet they keep moving to the center left. Right now they are the most moderate group of politicians that I remember (in my limited lifetime). Yet they keep talking about moving to the center left. And they keep losing more ground.
Hey, let’s try a new route. Run conservatives in EVERY district and state race for the next three election cycles and then if they lose I will listen to you when you say conservatives cannot win in those liberally screwed up areas. We did the opposite for the last three (possibly more) election cycles and lost.
Hey, we can’t do much worse than the moderates are doing.
A leader does not follow the conventional wisdom of the day. They don’t govern by polls. They stand on principles and do what is right – not follow the Washington crowd so they can be liked inside the beltway.

Corsair on May 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM

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