Cornyn: NRSC fully backing O’Donnell, giving maximum donation

posted at 11:35 am on September 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for wiser heads to prevail in the GOP establishment.  After a report last night that the NRSC would abandon Delaware after the GOP favorite Mike Castle lost to Christine O’Donnell, Senator John Cornyn has announced that the organization will offer its full support — including a healthy dose of cash:

Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.

We remain committed to holding Democrat nominee New Castle County Executive Chris Coons accountable this November, as we inform voters about his record of driving his county to the brink of bankruptcy and supporting his party’s reckless spending policies in Washington.

Furthermore, Cornyn challenged Democrats to do the same:

It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees, including in key battleground states like Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Hampshire, among others. The Democrats’ indecision reflects the fact that Republicans are on offense in at least 12 Democrat-held states and we are leading in the polls in seven of those 12 states.

That’s a sharp way to turn this meme on its head. Will the media follow up on the DSCC’s level of support in those races with the same vigor that they reported on rumors last night regarding Delaware?  The DSCC will certainly sink a lot of resources in Delaware in order to take advantage of the high profile the race now has, but that will be money spent on defense, as the Democrats already hold this seat — and it may take away from defenses elsewhere.

Kudos to Cornyn for addressing this quickly and forcefully.  If Castle had won, we would have heard nothing but calls for unity this morning.  Cornyn has literally put the NRSC’s money where its mouth would have been, and he deserves congratulations for this leadership decision.


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Someone’s feeling the heat of the PEOPLE’S anger…

Branch Rickey on September 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Hi, I’m John Cornyn, and I totally approve the walkback of last night’s message.

thirteen28 on September 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Christine to Cornyn: Say my name! DeMint to McConnell: Who’s yo daddy? Palin to Castle: See ya later Mikey. You betcha!

D0WNT0WN on September 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Backtrack.

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

That didn’t take long. At its heart, the NRSC is a survivor. Cutting off O’Donnnell, regardless of her qualifications, would have been suicidal.

Physics Geek on September 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Wiser heads?

How about fearful noggins.

profitsbeard on September 15, 2010 at 11:37 AM

P.S. I love Jim Demint

Branch Rickey on September 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Awesome. Although, the NRSC cold shoulder is prob a large part of why her post-election moneybomb is going so well. ;)

alwaysfiredup on September 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

NRSC: “NO MATTER WHO WINS LET’S UNITE”

TEA PARTY: “OKAY”

*election happens, odonnell wins*

NRSC LAST NIGHT: “WAAAAAA! BYE BYE!”

TEA PARTY: “THIS IS WHY YOU SUCK”

*donations to nrsc dry up*

NRSC TODAY: “WE ENDORSE YOU! (BECAUSE IT DOESNT MATTER PERSONALLY SINCE WE HAVE K STREET JOBS LINED UP AFTER THIS”

picklesgap on September 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

The max is just $42,000. Probably the only time they’ll give her money. I’d be pissed if they give her anymore and not to Fiorina or Angle.

Apologetic California on September 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Put the mask back on NRSC. When it slipped, you showed way too much.

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

That’s more like it!

KCB on September 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Dede Scozzafava must have been ringing in his little ears.

Suck it Karl Rove.

elowe on September 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees, including in key battleground states like Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Hampshire, among others.

What about South Carolina?

ninjapirate on September 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Smell the syrup? WAFFLE, WAFFLE, WAFFLE!!!

E9RET on September 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM

If Castle had won, we would have heard nothing but calls for unity this morning.

Of course we would have – including from many readers/commenters on this site who refuse to get behind O’Donnell now that the Republican voters of Delaware have let their preferences be known.

We always have to unite for the squish, but somehow party unity isn’t necessary when the squish gets beat … imagine that.

thirteen28 on September 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM

What about South Carolina?

ninjapirate on September 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM

ROFLOL!

Branch Rickey on September 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM

picklesgap, I am a fan. lol

Fallon on September 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Well, she won’t have any problems paying her rent for awhile.

Mark1971 on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Whoa!

The sad thing is this should have happened last nite.

darwin on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Kudos to Cornyn for addressing this quickly and forcefully. If Castle had won, we would have heard nothing but calls for unity this morning. Cornyn has literally put the NRSC’s money where its mouth would have been, and he deserves congratulations for this leadership decision.

He doesn’t deserve squat. It was unconscionable for the NRSC to do what it did last night. The fact that he’s righting a wrong less than a day later shows that the GOP leaders don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

If this was an isolated incident, I’d cut the dude some slack. But this is following on the heels of the Murkowski lawyer incident and the Charlie Crist endorsement. And let’s not overlook the GOP’s prior track record of picking Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey only to watch him become a Democrat and appointing the disastrous Michael Steele as RNC chairman.

Cornyn would be wise to shut his hole for the next 4 years. Maybe with a little luck, he’ll survive for another term. But right now he’s at the top of my list along with Grahamnesty for sitting GOP Senators who need to get their pink slip in 2014.

Doughboy on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Amazing how pitchforks still work…emails too.

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I would most definitley do her.

pseudonominus on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

fast foward to 2012…buh bye Johnny mushy moderate Cornyn… Join KBH in forced retirement.

elowe on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I suspect the leak to Fox last night came from Rob Jesmer, about whom Erick Erickson of Redstate has had much to say.

Jesmer is a DC insider with contempt for conservatives.

I wonder if Cornyn slapped him down. I hope Cornyn did. With Mitch McConnell saying he’d campaign for O’Donnell before the primary, there wasn’t much Cornyn could do but suck it up and close ranks.

Wonder if Murkowskie is paying attention. She should be.

Wethal on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

All of this O’Donnell/Castle obsession and navel-gazing is epic.

Clark1 on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I guess all the emails and phone calls last night did some good.

conservnut on September 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Cornyn has literally put the NRSC’s money where its mouth would have been, and he deserves congratulations for this leadership decision.

I disagree. If you wish to congratulate him for eventually doing the right thing, fine. But WTF was the NRSC thinking when it immediately came out with last night’s statement.

Cornyn and the powers that be in the NRSC must have been excoriated over night by a flood of e-mails, calls, faxes, and the like.

What a remarkable cave in.

BuckeyeSam on September 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Jesmer is executive director of NRSC, by the way.

Wethal on September 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

John Duh Cornyn shows more sense than Karl the Undertaker. Who da thunk it?

james23 on September 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Now, where’s Castle, Rove, and Good Lt.?

steveegg on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Still embarrassed to have Cornyn as my senator and I emailed him as much last night. Glad he walked back, but I’m still giving to candidates only.

davek70 on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

It only makes practical sense. If the NRSC stays away they take themselves out of a seat at the table when policy is made.

itsspideyman on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

The DSCC will certainly sink a lot of resources in Delaware in order to take advantage of the high profile the race now has, but that will be money spent on defense, as the Democrats already hold this seat — and it may take away from defenses elsewhere.

Doubtful the DSCC will spend much money… while Christine is getting a lot of money now from this moneybomb, Coons is probably getting money bombed by lobbyists… she will get outspend considerably regardless. Don’t do much wishcasting on this race.

ninjapirate on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Good boy. Here’s a biscuit. If you do it again, we might give you a bone.

See, Mr. President? You’re not the only one who gets treated like a dog.

Animator Girl on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

If Castle had won, we would have heard nothing but calls for unity this morning.

If Christine lost, she would’ve done the same thing as she did in 2006, which is sabotage the GOP nominee for senate by running as a write-in campaign. And I’m pretty sure, none of the Tea Party people would be supporting a RINO, not that Castle would’ve needed it in Delaware.

Apologetic California on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Feet, meet Fire!

tims472 on September 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Ed, this was not the NRSC showing leadership. This was the NRSC trying to put out its own arson.

Jim708 on September 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

From another thread:

The NRSC has drawn a line in the sand. There needs to be minimum qualifications to be a senator, and O’Donnell hasn’t met them…not even close.

Chudi on September 14, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Oh my!

Talon on September 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Good!!!

skree on September 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Well done, Cornyn (wow, never thought I would type that). Good point Ed about the Dems having to put more resources into defending Byden’s seat.

WarEagle01 on September 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Gee Senator, how did that “crow sandwich” taste???

Jonas Parker on September 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Intelligent RINOs. Who knew?

gh on September 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

He needs to give me $42,000, too. After all, Christine O’Donnell isn’t the only one with rent and electricity bills to pay.

It's Vintage, Duh on September 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

The must have some recent internal polling data.

At worst, if the RNSC provides some funds and she loses, they lose but live to fight another day. On the other hand, if the RNSC did not fund her, and she lost, that could spell the doom of the party on the national scale. If the Tea Partiers at this point pull the plug on their support of the national Republican party, the GOP is done.

MassVictim on September 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Cornyn: NRSC fully backing O’Donnell, giving maximum donation

Jenfidel et al will be more unhinged than usual for a quite awhile on this I suspect…

Branch Rickey on September 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

What’s the NRSC’s record this season in backing candidates against widely supported primary opponents? I guess they prevailed in McCain’s case, but any other primary race?

BuckeyeSam on September 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I’m sure that the NRSC feels some a$$ stinging from being taken to the woodshed over this.

Maybe they’re learning lessons the hard way.

I’m still done with them.

tru2tx on September 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Coons is probably getting money bombed by lobbyists… she will get outspend considerably regardless. Don’t do much wishcasting on this race.

ninjapirate on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Good campaign point for O’Donnell then. She’s supported with donations from the bitter clingers while coons gets cash from lobbyists.

darwin on September 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

If Christine lost, she would’ve done the same thing as she did in 2006, which is sabotage the GOP nominee for senate by running as a write-in campaign. And I’m pretty sure, none of the Tea Party people would be supporting a RINO, not that Castle would’ve needed it in Delaware.

Apologetic California on September 15, 2010 at 11:43 AM

This is 2010.

Welcome.

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I’m wondering, was last night’s report ever confirmed? Are we sure it wasn’t some mischievous person trying to cause trouble? Not that I don’t think the NRSC can be slimy, but that move felt a bit obtuse even for them.

RINO in Name Only on September 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Oh my!

Talon on September 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

One name: Alvin Greene.

BuckeyeSam on September 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Cornyn cherishes his seat more than we thought. I hope O’Donnell tells him to shove it up his esablishment ruling class ass! Time for Cornyn to go.

roninacreage on September 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Rove just now on Fox doubles down on criticism of O’Donnell.

Skandia Recluse on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

“Am I not merciful?
Am I not merciful?!!” -Commodus

Mr_Magoo on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Awesome. O’Donnell’s rent will be paid up for the year.

Chudi on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Rove is on Fox now bashing O’D again…he seems to upset for some reason…

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Another bit of good news.

tgillian on September 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM

The NRSC has lost lost 7 of 8 primaries. Send them nothing!

roninacreage on September 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Awesome. O’Donnell’s rent will be paid up for the year.

Chudi on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

And you’ll be bitching for a year.

Well worth it.

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Talon on September 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Please, no troll bait! That one got particularly boring last night.

Animator Girl on September 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Awesome. O’Donnell’s rent will be paid up for the year.

Chudi on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

And you’ll be b!tching for a year.

Well worth it.

portlandon on September 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Is there some game where you score points if you post a O’Donnell rent joke on every thread about money in the Delaware race?

What do you win? Zit cream? 25 minutes out of your parents’ basement?

Branch Rickey on September 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Typical inside the beltway procedure.

React
Put finger in the air
React

No thinking necessary

Wade on September 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

WTH Rove? SHUT UP.

Animator Girl on September 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Rove on Fox (dares) challenges Palin to go into Delaware and support O’Donnell.

Skandia Recluse on September 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Hey Cornyn…there’s an eye watching you…

He is my Senator and I expect he has gotten a boatload of emails stating exactly what I told him in mine and that is that my husband expect no less from him and the committee as fellow conservatives as to support her.

Hey CornyDog…my vote matters too!

sandlin71 on September 15, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Well that didn’t take long for the NRSC to backpedal. Maybe they are getting a little nervous about those of us who have withheld donations because of they way they fund candidates. I’m still not about to send them a check and prefer to financially support individual candidates who support my agenda, rather than the DC insiders.

simkeith on September 15, 2010 at 11:52 AM

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Some guys get like that when they get beat by a girl.

Jim708 on September 15, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Rove seems to have a little problem with Palin…

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Rove-Palin battle??? That would be interesting to watch. My money’s on the girl.

KCB on September 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Rove just now on Fox doubles down on criticism of O’Donnell.

Skandia Recluse on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Rove is pathetic. He contributed to the Dems winning Congress in 2006 and the subsequent Obama election. He is an establishment hack never to be trusted again.

Hey Rove, think you can peddle one more lame book after this? Think again?

Norwegian on September 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Rove just now on Fox doubles down on criticism of O’Donnell.

Skandia Recluse on September 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Rove better watch it. I respect honesty from political commentators, but there’s a fine line between candid analysis and sour grapes. It’s not like the guy is all that relevant in the current electoral landscape. Bush is not in the White House anymore. His strategery for locking down the evangelical crowd and ignoring the independents and blue staters ended in disaster for the GOP. And he’s starting to sound like a whiny little b-tch after his rant last night on Hannity.

We don’t need you, Karl. Try not to forget that.

Doughboy on September 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Rove-Palin battle??? That would be interesting to watch. My money’s on the girl.

KCB on September 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM

You’d do better to put your money on the woman.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Term Limits!

ultracon on September 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I’d like to ask the republican leadership a simple question: Are you using the Whig Playbook to ensure defeat this November? Because not a one of you are acting like winners.

meci on September 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM

From another thread:

The NRSC has drawn a line in the sand. There needs to be minimum qualifications to be a senator, and O’Donnell hasn’t met them…not even close.

Chudi on September 14, 2010 at 11:46 PM
Oh my!

Talon on September 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Chudi is a Romney hack. AKA Establishment hack.

He has no credibility here.

Norwegian on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Is this Rove’s swan song?

Wade on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

How much money has Sarah PAC sent to O’Donnell’s campaign so far?

Y-not on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Atta go Senator. Let’s win this thing.
Randy

williars on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

You’d do better to put your money on the woman.

gh on September 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

And there I was, thinking he couldn’t lose….

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Wow. Just heard Rove on Fox. This guy is digging in. Once again, he goes through a litany of what O’Donnell needs to explain – in detail – you know, just so everyone out in TV land understands how FLAWED she is.

What is that old saying “Pride cometh (or goeth) before the fall.” Well that saying is so true of Rove now. He simply cannot be as gracious as, say, Geraghty over at NRO was about her win. Shame really. The establishment is really hurting themselves.

KickandSwimMom on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Smart to admit you are wrong.

Mr. Joe on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Damn – this is a kick in the nuts. She’d do so much better running as the candidate the NRSC refused to support.

I’m depressed now. :(

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

This comment from PW today cracked me up:

Comment by Lamontyoubigdummy on 9/15 @ 8:48 am #

ugh. she lied about attending princeton everything, pays her bills with campaign donations my Visa, and tries to sue everybody?

I think Delaware just nominated my ex-girlfriend for the US Senate.

But after seeing Rove, National Review & The Standard having a “I think I smoke too much weed” freak out, I hope like hell she wins.

I want ‘em all scared s***less.

Both sides.

Mr. Joe on September 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

SURELY , some one has a secret sex video of this gal ?

When will the rumors emerge ?

ELMO Q on September 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

I’m wondering, was last night’s report ever confirmed? Are we sure it wasn’t some mischievous person trying to cause trouble? Not that I don’t think the NRSC can be slimy, but that move felt a bit obtuse even for them.

RINO in Name Only on September 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Rob Jesmer, Executive Director of NRSC might be that sneaky. Jesmer dislikes conservatives (but not their money or votes). Cornyn should can Jesmer.

Wethal on September 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Good job Cornyn. You should have been on the ball last night, but I’ll take it.

I actually kind of like the fact that the Dims had a few hours to go nuts about how awesome it was that the NRSC told O’Donnell to pound sand. This should sober them up pretty quick.

It will probably help Palin and O’Donnell in the long run for Rove take a position against them.

Missy on September 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Is this Rove’s swan song?

Wade on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Yes, this is definitely the swan song of Karl “Permanent Republican Majority” Rove.

thirteen28 on September 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Cleanup in Aisle 7..Food Fight in the Headlines!..:)

Dire Straits on September 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Go for the NRSC. Now someone make a call to Castle and tell him to stop being a little b!tch!

Ampersand on September 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Doughboy on September 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Spot on….could’t have said it better myself.

tencole on September 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Eric Erikson’s “Star Wars” prophecy coming true already …

Washington will be invaded by the Ken Bucks, Marco Rubios, Sharron Angles, Rand Pauls, Pat Toomeys, and Joe Millers of the world. They’ll be led in the rebellion by Jim DeMint and — guess what? Like Vader saving Luke from the Emperor, Jesmer and GOP, Inc. will use their money to get elected the same people they fought against so hard.

My guess is – John Cornyn wanted to reverse this decision before Rush Limbaugh went on the air and tore him a new “you know what”.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Is this Rove’s swan song?

Wade on September 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

More like final nail in the coffin.

Doughboy on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Senator Cornyn was responding to his Constituents as well as other voters screams this morning. He is my Senator, and Texans are very vocal voters, they literally don’t take any bs from these guys. I sent him an e-mail this morning, and I’ll bet it was one of thousands he received. Every time he tries anything like this, his phone is busy and you cannot even get through. At least he listens and doesn’t ignore us like those idiots in the other party ignore the voters. Now if he would only do the right thing on his own before his Constituents scream.

Susanboo on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

I notice they did this before Rush got on the air today. I think some big players called in and told them to get in line or civil war was going to occurr.

unseen on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Cutting off O’Donnnell, regardless of her qualifications, would have been suicidal.

Not to mention, colossally stupid.

oldleprechaun on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Someone found some Q-tips, cleaned out their ears and got the message. Good!

fourdeucer on September 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM

BOO-YOW!

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 12:01 PM

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