Cornyn unanimously elected to NRSC chair for 2012 cycle

posted at 2:15 pm on November 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

John Cornyn took a lot of criticism for his handling of the NRSC, especially in the Florida race, in the 2010 cycle.  Cornyn later admitted that he’d made a mistake in backing Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio in an open primary, and avoided picking winners in primaries through the rest of the midterm primary season.  The end result was a pickup of six seats — enough, apparently, for his colleagues to unanimously confirm Cornyn as NRSC chair for another term:

While Cornyn’s performance as NRSC chair has been praised in Republican circles since the election, it wasn’t without speed bumps. By wading into contested primaries early in the cycle, the NRSC was handed defeats when insurgent challengers like Christine O’Donnell (Del.), Ken Buck (Colo.) andSharron Angle (Nev.) defeated NRSC-backed contenders in part by using the NRSC’s endorsement against them. The GOP went on to lose those three seats, costing them a chance at a Senate majority.

Cornyn alluded to those primaries in his statement.

“The key now is to build on that success, while applying lessons learned from the 2010 campaign,” Cornyn said. “I believe Republicans are strongest when we stick together, and I continue to adhere to the words of William F. Buckley, who famously said: ‘I am for the most conservative candidate that can get elected.’ But I recognize that Republican primary voters choose our nominees, and I am committed to listening to the message voters sent this past year.”

With the Republican playing field as large as it is in 2012, Cornyn is likely to face questions about endorsements very early in the cycle as Republicans line up to challenge the likes of Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), James Webb (D-Va.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), among others.

Interestingly, Rubio himself endorsed Cornyn for the position.  If anyone has the right to resent Cornyn’s presence at the top of the NRSC, it’s Marco Rubio, so his endorsement may help settle some hard feelings over some of the “speed bumps” that Jeremy Jacobs references in his National Journal report.  As I argued at the time, it’s inappropriate for the national organizations to enter open primaries and attempt to steamroller handpicked candidates.  In this cycle, it proved counterproductive, although the other three races mentioned would probably not have turned out any differently in the end.

Cornyn’s performance is open for legitimate criticism, but to be fair, one has to keep the context of the election in mind.  The GOP had to defend more seats in this election than the Democrats, and a couple of key retirements made the prospect of losing even more ground a distinct possibility in the early days of 2009, before the failure of Obama’s stimulus plan and the incredibly arrogant ObamaCare actions of Democrats sparked the Tea Party.  Few others would have wanted Cornyn’s job at the NRSC under those circumstances, as Cornyn desperately looked for candidates willing to fill the gaps.

Of course, with that in mind, the NRSC chair position looks pretty tasty for someone with national ambitions in the upcoming cycle.  Democrats have to defend 13 more seats than Republicans, and they will probably have some key retirements this time, almost certainly Jim Webb, who seems rather disinclined to raise funds for another race.  It’s telling that no one in the caucus wanted to challenge Cornyn for the job with brighter skies ahead than behind, and with a good shot at authoring a new majority in the upper chamber.

What do you think?  Did Cornyn’s ultimate +6 performance justify a new term as chair, or should another Republican have challenged him for the spot?  Take the poll:


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pseudonominus on November 16, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Maybe my fellow Texans and I can oust him in his primary. Senator Dan Patrick anyone?

matthew26 on November 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

8 million dollars to California. 8 million. Washington and Colorado lost by the thinnest of margins.

A crudely insulting ad in West Virginia that destroyed John Raese’s credibility even when he had not a damn thing to do with it.

If Cornyn’s back in charge, he needs new political staff. Now.

KingGold on November 16, 2010 at 2:21 PM

The Republican elites have learned absolutely nothing. Nothing at all.

This also proves just how out of touch the Senate is, as a whole.

I think one of the real problems, besides a glaring need for TERM LIMITS, is the fact these people have long,m six year terms. They can screw up early, then “get right” come election time, and people forget what screw ups they are.

There a reason why the House Republicans are more Conservative. They are up for election every two years.

This development is disgusting though.

gary4205 on November 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM

No, he didn’t deserve another stint as NRSC chair. Senate races are where the GOP underperformed…why reward the man whose stewardship was at least somewhat responsible for that?

changer1701 on November 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM

No based on his performance. Yes, because…who else was running?

Apologetic California on November 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM

There needs to be changes made at the NRSC. There were mistakes made during this cycle that need attention. Ridiculous statements were made to the media that had to be walked back the next day by Cornyn. Fix the problems or get out.

d1carter on November 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

No accountability. Maybe, to be fair, no one wants the position. I guess I’d rather have Cornyn around than Steele…heaven help us if we end up with both.

search4truth on November 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Disgusted

Norwegian on November 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

In this cycle, it proved counterproductive, although the other three races mentioned would probably not have turned out any differently in the end.

You may be right about Nevada and Delaware, but Colorado was definitely winnable. Norton would have run away with it, and Buck beat her by about two percent in the primary, mostly because she was recruited by the NRSC.

KingGold on November 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Not.One.Dime.

portlandon on November 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Ugh!

Rae on November 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Maybe my fellow Texans and I can oust him in his primary. Senator Dan Patrick anyone?

matthew26 on November 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Interesting. Not heard of this fellow before. Might be the time to start getting him warmed up. Sadly, we are stuck with this loser Cornyn until 2014.

Hopefully Michael Williams will take care of that lying KBH in 2012.

Texas deserves a lot better than Cornyn and KBH.

gary4205 on November 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

KingGold on November 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Yep.

amerpundit on November 16, 2010 at 2:31 PM

What do you think? Did Cornyn’s ultimate +6 performance justify a new term as chair, or should another Republican have challenged him for the spot?

Hell no. The dude not only deserves to get dumped as NRSC chair but to get run from the Senate entirely down here in Texas in 2014. Let’s recap this guy’s greatest hits:

1) Endorsing Chuck Crist the moment he announced his candidacy. That would’ve been bad enough, but to add insult to injury, he gave Crist millions that ended up being used AGAINST the eventual GOP nominee, Marco Rubio, when Chuck decided to become a Democrat.

2) Announcing Christine O’Donnell would receive zero support from the NRSC….WHILE SHE GAVE HER PRIMARY VICTORY SPEECH!!! You wanna talk about a guy who doesn’t have a clue. Why not announce you’re endorsing the Democrat while you’re at it?

3) Refusing to publicly reprimand Lena Micklewhite for not endorsing Joe Miller when he rightfully won the GOP Senate primary in Alaska. Instead the GOP let her keep her chairmanships which was the key to her write-in campaign. After all, Murkowski without the pork would’ve been nothing but a power hungry crybaby. Plus it sets a dangerous precedent of future GOP primary losers mounting write-in campaigns or independent bids which could swing seats to the Democrats.

Where I come from, we call that “three strikes and you’re out”. I understand the GOP doesn’t wanna give the impression of turmoil or chaos within the ranks by replacing their leadership, but Cornyn has no business sticking around after the way he performed.

Doughboy on November 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Texas is hugely cash-rich for Republicans, so Cornyn makes sense on one level. For example, Schumer’s relationships with Wall Street executives were a key reason why he stayed on two terms as DSCC chair.

Still, Cornyn flubbed in multiple key areas.

Let the record show that:

– Rubio
– Toomey
– Paul

would not be Senators today if Cornyn had gotten his way originally.

Robert_Paulson on November 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Why is “ethanol” Thune always in the back drop. What are those two up too?

trs on November 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Rob Jesmer needs to go if Cornyn is staying.

dforston on November 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM

RINO’s have obviously learned NOTHING!

erp on November 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM

And let’s not forget how Cornyn botched Alaska. Instead of taking on Murkowski AFTER she refused to adhere to the will of the voters in the primary he refused to admonish her and he instead wasted resourses on attacking the democrat in the race who was a non-factor. Cornyn allowed his relationship w/ Murkowski to interfere with his support of Joe Miller–the REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE!

Redneck Woman on November 16, 2010 at 2:40 PM

“But I recognize that Republican primary voters choose our nominees, and I am committed to listening to the message voters sent this past year.”

Probably why Rubio supported him. I’d rather not cry over spilled milk. Last thing he’d ever be called is a RINO or “mavericky” if you look at his voting record, which is really all that matters. Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle were lousy candidates. Marco Rubio was not a lousy candidate. Voters voted.

Marcus on November 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Yeah, Cornyn sucks with his 93% ACU rating – what a pinko.

Regarding the “crudely insulting ad in West Virginia” – there’s was no ad, just a casting call for “Hicks” by some dumbass vendors who were promptly fired. It sucked but you really want to can Cornyn for that?

Regarding the “Ridiculous statements that had to be walked back by Cornyn” – all anonymous, by “sources close to the NRSC”, which means we’re taking the reporter’s word that anybody said anything.

That being said, I’m all for a primary challenge to KBH. Hopefully she won’t even run again.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

No he shouldn’t serve as chair again, and I promise to keep voting against him when he comes up for re election again down here.

Dr Evil on November 16, 2010 at 2:46 PM

In this cycle, it proved counterproductive, although the other three races mentioned would probably not have turned out any differently in the end.

I doubt that. Castle had an almost insurmountable lead against Coons in polls, which turned out to be rather accurate for the general election. Angle and Buck were horrible candidates, in ways that Norton and Tarkanian or Lowden were not. Maybe Democrats would have been lucky and won 1 of the 3 races, but definitely not all three.

While the NRSC was wrong on Florida, they weren’t wrong in a way that would have cost Republicans a Senate seat. The tea party did cost Republicans three Senate seats. This makes the party’s chances of getting a Senate majority in 2012 slightly less likely and the chances of a 2014 supermajority significantly less likely.

Mister Mets on November 16, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Pretty sure Cornyn is going to have a primary challenge himself in 2014.

TexasDan on November 16, 2010 at 2:47 PM

+6 seats is a whole lot better than 2006 (-6) or 2008 (-8), although not as good as it could have been. There were no Republican losses despite open seats in swing states NH, MO, OH, and FL, all of which were held easily. If Cornyn now has another chance, he needs to LEARN from his mistakes, and start recruiting good candidates NOW. There’s lots of low-hanging Dem fruit ripe for plucking in 2012!

The three losses in CO, NV, and DE were largely due to untested candidates narrowly winning a low-turnout GOP primary who were not well-known to the statewide electorate. In 2012, the Presidential election will increase turnout for both parties, so that Senate candidates will need more votes to win in 2012 than in 2010, so they will need to be seriously vetted before the primaries.

While a “self-funding business” candidate with no political experience looks good on the NRSC balance sheet, they don’t win elections. Of this group, only Ron Johnson won in WI. The others, including Fiorina in CA, McMahon in CT, and Raese in WV, all lost. The last businessman to “buy” a Senate seat was Jon Corzine(D) in NJ–where is he now?

Steve Z on November 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Why is “ethanol” Thune always in the back drop. What are those two up too?

trs on November 16, 2010 at 2:34 PM

You have to ask?

Thune is what? Rail Road and Coal.

Cornyn is what? Liquid Natural Gas.

How does this work? LGN is needed to travel, but is usually a NO NO on highways, so they ship it via RAIL ROAD.
Also, what does Texas use a LOT of for electricty? Coal. How do they get it? RAIL ROAD!

two pieces to a puzzle… solved.

upinak on November 16, 2010 at 2:50 PM

So now Cornyn owes one to Rubio.

John Deaux on November 16, 2010 at 2:50 PM

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The problem I have with Cornyn isn’t his voting record. It’s his primary choices.

This is a guy who chose to endorse Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate.

amerpundit on November 16, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Isn’t it telling enough that while Michael Steele is being pilloried and being challenged this guy goes unchallenged?

promachus on November 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Cornyn voted to override Bush’s veto of the incredibly wasteful $300 billion agriculture bill in 2008 (two-thirds of the bill basically went for food stamps). I’ve never forgiven him for that pork-laden fiasco. This man is in no way a fiscal conservative. Neither of our Texas senators are small-government fiscal conservatives.

halfastro on November 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM

John Deaux on November 16, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Rubio was a Bush family protege, he’s never going to criticize another Bush family dog. He talked a good game about the parties but I am not sure how he will handle it now he’s a senator.

promachus on November 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Rob Jesmer needs to go if Cornyn is staying.

dforston on November 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Agreed. Jesmer as executive director probably makes more day-to-day decisions and runs them by Cornyn after the fact. Jesmer wasn’t shy in the past about his contempt for conservatives.

One wonders if Jesmer will keep it up. After this election, it was clear that the NRSC should stay out of primaries. Abnd there needs to be more input on where money is being spent. I’d like to hear his explanation for $8 million in CA.

Wethal on November 16, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Cornyn’s election is too far down the line for his just-completed/not impressive efforts as NRSC to matter in the 2014 election. However, with nearly two-dozen Democratic-held Senate seats up in 2012, botching the next election cycle could result in Cornyn earning a primary challenge in ’14.

jon1979 on November 16, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Hindsight is 20/20, but anybody remember when we were worried about holding on to the Florida seat? At that moment, getting Crist (who still claimed to be conservative) looked like a good catch. Just as important – the fact that Crist was the presumptive republican nominee kept top tier democrats out of the race.

Anybody remember when there was no guarantee we wouldn’t be outspent by tens of millions of dollars? At that time, self-funding candiates looked pretty good. And God help Cornyn if he had supported the RINO Rob Simmons over McMahon(BTW Simmons quite possibly would’ve won, given the contrast between his Vietnam reality and Blumental’s Vietnam fantasy)

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM

My final comment on Cornyn: if people start getting primary challengers based on mistakes they make running the NRSC – good luck finding anybody willing to run the NRSC.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

doubt that. Castle had an almost insurmountable lead against Coons in polls, which turned out to be rather accurate for the general election. Angle and Buck were horrible candidates, in ways that Norton and Tarkanian or Lowden were not. Maybe Democrats would have been lucky and won 1 of the 3 races, but definitely not all three.

While the NRSC was wrong on Florida, they weren’t wrong in a way that would have cost Republicans a Senate seat. The tea party did cost Republicans three Senate seats. This makes the party’s chances of getting a Senate majority in 2012 slightly less likely and the chances of a 2014 supermajority significantly less likely.

Mister Mets on November 16, 2010 at 2:47 PM

What do you base this nonsense on? Castle never had an “insurmountable lead” against Coons. In fact, it some polling it was O’Donnell, not Castle leading against Coons. It’s one of the reasons she had such strong support and won the primary against Castle in a landslide.

Exit polling shows Castle would have lost as well.

It’s quite obvious the voters wanted a bearded Marxist to replace Sheriff Joe. The state is hopeless.

We ALL know Sharron Angle lost due to massive voter fraud and strong arm tactics by the Unions.

Sue Lowden might have been OK, but she imploded when she started talking bartering chickens for health care, and wouldn’t stop. Rightly, or wrongly, people thought she was a friggin’ loon!

Full disclosure, she was my favorite in the primary, even though Palin’s dad and brother endorsed Tark. Something about that guy wasn’t right.

The Tea party brought about the greatest political realignment in generations. It didn’t “cost” anyone anything.

The NRSC and the NRCC however wasted $10s of millions and backed absolute losers, while ignoring, or being openly hostile to solid candidates. It’s sickening the same pathetic establishment hacks will be in charge once again.

gary4205 on November 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I don’t give to the NRSC; my donations go to the Senate Conservatives Fund instead. Cornyn’s been reelected to another term as captain of a sinking ship.

OhioCoastie on November 16, 2010 at 3:07 PM

matthew26 on November 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

I’m not sure Patrick wants to run for US Senate. He thinks he can do more here in Texas.

atxcowgirl on November 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Isn’t it telling enough that while Michael Steele is being pilloried and being challenged this guy goes unchallenged?

promachus on November 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Great point. Absolutely great point. Steele isn’t one of the “good old boys” He’s more Tea party than establishment. Yes, I know that’s an odd statement considering he’s the RNC chair, but it is what it is.

We have a LOT left to do.

gary4205 on November 16, 2010 at 3:11 PM

My final comment on Cornyn: if people start getting primary challengers based on mistakes they make running the NRSC – good luck finding anybody willing to run the NRSC.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

So you are against accountability and personal responsibility?

You think the only reason us Texans want to primary this guy is over the NRSC????

This is just one more brick in the wall. He’s been a disappointment since day one. The longer he’s there, the worse he gets.

gary4205 on November 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

They (GOP) can unanimously do whatever they want.

The national party (NRSC or RNC) will not be getting any of my money, nor will they get my vote if they keep pushing the squishy candidates (yes, even in the bluest of blue states, DE).

Sir Napsalot on November 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

In DE, O’Donnell took on the ruling class, which runs DE politics. There are three federal offices, and are plum jobs. The office holders keep them for decades. So the ruling class (Dem and GOP) takes turns, regardless of party. Carper got in by taking on the elderly Roth, who wouldn’t retire when his time was up.

So it was now Castle’s turn, and he was to get Biden’s seat. It was ok to run Coons against the GOP, as he got some name recognition. But like O’D against Biden in 2006, Coons was not supposed to win. Castle was to have a term (maybe fill out this one and then run again) and then retire to give Beau Biden the seat. Coons might replace Carper some day, since Coons is in the wealthy ruling class.

O’D blew this up. Castle lost his turn. Biden has to wait until Carper retires. Coons jumped the queue and is in for life likely.

There was more going on than NRSC and Rove.

Wethal on November 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Why didn’t Cornyn or someone from the NRSC come out with proactive statements immediately after these elections? Why did they wait until the next day? Were they not paying attention or were they waiting to see which way the wind was blowing?

d1carter on November 16, 2010 at 3:15 PM

You think the only reason us Texans want to primary this guy is over the NRSC????

This is just one more brick in the wall. He’s been a disappointment since day one. The longer he’s there, the worse he gets.

gary4205 on November 16, 2010

Really? How about a list of issues he’s bad on, or reasons Texans are pissed at him?

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 3:18 PM

1) Wasted money on Fiorina in California
2) Failed to recruit a challenger to Gillibrand in New York
3) Recruited Castle
4) Recruited Crist
5) Failed to recruit a strong candidate in Nevada. Should’ve gotten Congressman Heller to run
6) Failed to support Joe Miller (until after the vote)
7) Failed to recruit a good candidate in WV. A Floridian multimillionaire running in WV is a losing recipe.

Raisedbywolves on November 16, 2010 at 3:18 PM

No none of my dimes to the NRSC with Cronyn in charge. He needs to aggressively recruit new candidates now that fit what the Tea Parties have been looking for; not just because candidates are “next in line”, prime RINO material, or are owed favors for being a good party stiff. That’s what got us Crist, and now Murkowski.

Bob in VA on November 16, 2010 at 3:35 PM

1) Agreed
2) Guiliani passed. Peter King passed. Pataki (RINO!!!) passed. Who else ya got in NY?
3) as Wethal expalins above, this was done way before Cornyn
4) see my post above
5) Heller didn’t want to run
6) Wrong. Failing to attack Murky is not failing to support Miller. Would you be happy if the Dem won, or if Murky won and then switched?
7) who ya got in West Virginia? What’s her name (from the House) didn’t want to run, and she’s a pro-choice RINO so all of you would hate her anyway.

Again, shit was looking pretty grim for us 18 months ago. Cornyn didn’t have a crystal ball to tell potential candiates it was a great year to run.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Cornyn stunk up Illinois to high heaven, barely winning the most winnable seat in the country with a complete douchebag liberal, Mark Kirk.

You will all come to know my pain, and probably sooner, rather than later.

Jaibones on November 16, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I just got a call from the NRSC asking me to give money (because they overspent, as they put it, during the last cycle). I told them no way, no how was I giving money to the NRSC or the national GOP. I gave and will continue to give directly to candidates. I told them this was a protest…not for performance or lack thereof, per se, but for the ‘Conservatives are the enemy of the GOP’ attitude the NRSC took this cycle.

JonPrichard on November 16, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Purity über alles!

jnelchef on November 16, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Cornyn stunk up Illinois to high heaven, barely winning the most winnable seat in the country with a complete douchebag liberal, Mark Kirk.

Jaibones on November 16, 2010

What Illinois Republicans are acceptable to you? Should he have recruited Alan Keyes again? We won lots of House races in ILL this year but a repub running statewide has to overcome a six-figure deficit out of Chicago. And those people don’t care that Gionallis (sp?) is a crook.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Maybe my fellow Texans and I can oust him in his primary. Senator Dan Patrick anyone?

matthew26 on November 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

I’m with you about Cornyn. Not so sure about Patrick, tho’.
But KBH is up in 2 years and since she didn’t win the Gov. seat, I bet she won’t want to leave the senate as she said she would do.

cartooner on November 16, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Mike Steele deserves to be fired I suppose at the RNC – but it’s hard to make a case for it when Cornyn’s getting to keep his job at the NRSC.

Last I checked – Steele didn’t blow 8 million dollars on a Senate race in California with a -10 point final margin.

Last I checked – Steele wasn’t endorsing Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in PA.

Last I checked – Steele wasn’t endorsing Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio in FL.

Last I checked – Steele wasn’t cutting the knees off a DE Senate candidate while she was making a primary victory speech.

Yet – Cornyn did all those things – and he gets to keep his job?

I totally expected this -because one election cycle didn’t put enough Tea Party folks into the Senate – but we’ll have them next cycle. This is Cornyn’s last stint in this postion – after that – he’s gone.

The problem is – he can cause grievous damage to our 2012 prospects the same as he did for our 2010 prospects.

We have an uphill battle – but as we said in the Navy …

“Oh well – if it was “easy” then the Air Force would be doing it.”

HondaV65 on November 16, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Primary! I will give as much to his primary opponent as I gave to Rubio.

beatcanvas on November 16, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Steele was a buffoon,Cronyn is an establishment republican which is worse. HondaV65 is right, one election cycle is definitely not enough. It was only a step in the right direction. As long as the Cronyn, McCains, Grahams, McConnells and Snows are influential in the GOP, we cannot ever trust them to do what is right for the American people. We should thank the Crists, Castles, Murkowskis,Specters and Bennetts for exposing the sick twisted rage that they exhibited when they were shunned by voters in their primaries. In the end, politicians have more in common with each other than they do the people they represent. Sad, but very true.

volsense on November 16, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Don’t worry Cornyn, we Texans will not make the same mistake in YOUR primary when we send you back home.

Bleed_thelizard on November 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Still waiting for someone to tell me all of those ISSUES Cornyn is bad on. But I guess that would require actually having to go to the trouble to look something up instead of just screaming RINO at the top of your lungs.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 4:28 PM

P.S. bonus points if you can name 10 CURRENT Senators who are better than Cornyn (I’ll roll out DeMint, Sessions, Coburn and Inhofe for starters). It’ll be fun to see everybody’s choices for the list get shot down by all the other RINO hunters.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 4:35 PM

‘I am for the most conservative candidate that can get elected.’

But the answer isn’t to surrender and elect rinos who will betray us. The answer is to tell and show people why Republican and Conservative policies and ideal are better for everyone in America.

Changing minds and attitudes are what will drive electoral success, not surrender.

RJL on November 16, 2010 at 4:44 PM

P.S. bonus points if you can name 10 CURRENT Senators who are better than Cornyn (I’ll roll out DeMint, Sessions, Coburn and Inhofe for starters). It’ll be fun to see everybody’s choices for the list get shot down by all the other RINO hunters.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010

Whoops, I spoke too soon on Inhofe. Just saw that, even though he’s the most conservative memmber of the Senate, he’s against the earmark ban. RINO!111!

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 5:06 PM

3)
….
Refusing to publicly reprimand Lena Micklewhite for not endorsing Joe Miller when he rightfully won the GOP Senate primary in Alaska. Instead the GOP let her keep her chairmanships which was the key to her write-in campaign. After all, Murkowski without the pork would’ve been nothing but a power hungry crybaby. Plus it sets a dangerous precedent of future GOP primary losers mounting write-in campaigns or independent bids which could swing seats to the Democrats.

Doughboy on November 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I dunno if he could be blamed solely for that (although I’m sure he was one of the many senators to vote to keep her position) I would blame him for running ads designed to push democrat voters to vote for Lisa, instead of running ads to get Murcowski voters voting for Miller.

clement on November 16, 2010 at 5:22 PM

matthew26 on November 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

God willing.

exlibris on November 16, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Pretty sure Cornyn is going to have a primary challenge himself in 2014.

TexasDan on November 16, 2010 at 2:47 PM

We need to start looking for an alternative to Cornyn now all a real conservative would have to do is run agains Cornyn’s voting record.

Dr Evil on November 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM

We need to start looking for an alternative to Cornyn now all a real conservative would have to do is run agains Cornyn’s voting record.

Dr Evil on November 16, 2010

Why don’t you tell us about his awful voting record. We’re all ears! The more juicy details the better.

BuzzCrutcher on November 16, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I learned that the best thing to do is just to give directly to the candidates. I also give to SarahPac and I’ve not been disappointed by any of their spending decisions. Does not matter to me if Cronyn or Steele stay. They are ineffective and both blew the ground game and a lot of money. Except for Handel and possibly Miller everyone I gave to won.

CCRWM on November 16, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Cornyn again?………JACKASSIAN!!

PappyD61 on November 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

First thing he has to do is recruit a viable primary challenger for John Ensign (R-NV). That corrupt philandering scumbag getting renominated will be very problematic for the Republican Party.

Raisedbywolves on November 16, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Maybe my fellow Texans and I can oust him in his primary. Senator Dan Patrick anyone?

matthew26 on November 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM

(State) Sen. Dan Patrick is a solid conservative. I also like Michael Williams.
These two would make great replacements for RINO’s Cornball & Hutch.
FWIW, Cornball supported other RINO’s Spectre, Crist, Castle and Murky and did NOT support O’Donnell, Buck or Miller.
Didn’t he run straight to HuffPo for an interview, after the recent elections? Doesn’t he like a lot of things about ObamaCare?
Defund the NRSC and donate directly to the candidates, SenateConservatives or SarahPAC.

LoneStarGal on November 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM

As a Texan, I can assure one and all that Cornyn is a member of the political class, and a card carrying RINO.

He will face a strong primary challenge next time around.

Labamigo on November 16, 2010 at 10:32 PM

6 down… 6 more to go!!

Khun Joe on November 17, 2010 at 12:06 AM

Seems like such a RINO!!!!! would have left a long trail of liberal votes for people to talk about. And yet – nobody here seems to be able to identify them. I’d settle for one at this point.

Of course, you might have to go back a while, since his ACU rating was 100 in 2009 and I suspect it’ll be the same in 2010.

BuzzCrutcher on November 17, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Buzz, it’s interesting to see that nobody’s given you specific examples of Cornyn’s RINOesque behavior.

OhioCoastie on November 17, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Buzz, it’s interesting to see that nobody’s given you specific examples of Cornyn’s RINOesque behavior.

OhioCoastie on November 17, 2010

So true, Ohio. I guess he’s one of those sneaky RINOs who hides his liberalism by … constantly voting like a conservative on actual legislation. Those are the worst kind!

BuzzCrutcher on November 17, 2010 at 12:27 PM