Cornyn crushes Stockman in Texas primary

posted at 10:01 pm on March 4, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

A strange one, this. Rep. Steve Stockman said (sometimes ghost-tweeted) fiery things, but never really bothered to run a campaign, as far as anyone was able to tell:

Texas Sen. John Cornyn easily won his Republican Senate primary Tuesday, crushing firebrand challenger Rep. Steve Stockman on a Tuesday that was shaping up to be good for the GOP establishment.

As the kick-off of the 2014 primary season, the Texas races have not shaped up into the test of the GOP establishment that some activists hoped for, partly because of the weakness of the tea party challengers. The first truly competitive Senate primaries won’t come until early May, when the speaker of North Carolina’s state House faces a spirited challenge from the right and two Nebraska Republicans square off in an ideological battle for an open seat…

Cornyn now faces only token Democratic opposition for a third term in the Senate. Stockman, who jumped into the race just before the filing deadline but never ran an aggressive campaign and alienated many in the tea party, conceded quickly.

“We wish Senator Cornyn [the] best of luck in November and urge everyone to vote for, volunteer for and support the whole Texas GOP ticket,” Stockman tweeted just after The Associated Press called the race for Cornyn, with only about 2 percent of precincts reporting.

The scene on the ground in Texas was…odd:

It was easy to portray Stockman’s campaign as just some kind of hustle or strange performance art—-the marriage of Andy Kaufman and Michele Bachmann. The Texas congressman seemed to be invisible on the campaign trail… and everywhere else. At one point, he hadn’t made a public appearance for weeks while his staff refused to respond to basic inquiries. Instead, the Texas congressman limited his interactions to the public to ghostwritten tweets by his communications director and blast emails attacking Cornyn in BIG CAPITOL LETTERS…

Stockman’s campaign has repeatedly claimed endorsements that it did not receive. In January, his campaign’s website had a section called “past and present endorsements.” It was heavy on the “past endorsements,” including that of a conservative activist who had been dead for months.

Stockman’s campaign has also recently sent out a press release claiming that he had been endorsed by the head of a prominent Tea Party group. He hadn’t been and the quote he cited was three months old. His campaign has also explicitly lied about its rare interactions with reporters and published fake newspapers that featured insanely outrageous claims “Stockman’s Sanctity of Life Act Overturns Roe v. Wade” while managing to violate campaign finance laws at the same time.

Perhaps the ultimate chutzpah is Stockman’s campaign is now issuing threats that “any person or media organization” that publishes Stockman’s mugshot from a 1977 arrest when the Texas congressman was caught trying to smuggle valium in his underpants into jail to serve a weekend sentence.

And, what of the quixotic quest of Wendy Davis? Neither she nor Attorney General Greg Abbott faced serious competition for their respective party nominations in the gubernatorial race. She won the primary. Also:

Then there’s this:

The AP also declared victory for incumbent U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, in the Republican primary, and for George P. Bush in the Republican primary race for Texas land commissioner.

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bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

As you were saying..:)

Dire Straits on March 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Pete Sessions trounced Ted Cruz’s Pierson.

Marcus on March 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

STFU, hagfish…

OmahaConservative on March 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Texas has closed primaries.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Thanks. All States should be.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Ummm, Session crushed Pierson.

But, time to start a new party with all the left over losers.

swamp_yankee on March 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Lanceman on March 4, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Deal

What happened to Pierson?!!?

Dire Straits on March 4, 2014 at 10:52 PM

She let a few smooth talkers talk her in to something she wasn’t ready for. Against a man who hasn’t done bad.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

GOPRanknFile on March 4, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Very interesting..Could have been $$$$ problems..:)

PS..Good evening..Enjoy your comments..:)

Dire Straits on March 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Texas has closed primaries.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Thanks. All States should be.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

That was bad info.

New page, didn’t want that to keep goin’.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Voting in Texas

Every voter will get a new get a new Voter Registration card – auto magically – in January of even years. There is NO party affiliation.

When one votes in a Primary, they will stamp that card either Republican or Democrat – to designate the Primary in which was voted. This is to prevent ‘Cross‘ voting in the event of a run-off. Aside, my card was not stamped so I could cross vote in the runoff. Otherwise, it’s a wide open process. After signing in to vote, the voter will obtain a ballot for the primary in which he/she has chosen to vote.

Willys on March 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

She let a few smooth talkers talk her in to something she wasn’t ready for. Against a man who hasn’t done bad.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I hear you..Folks forget how close Cruz came to losing in the 1st round..Dewhurst could have very easily won that primary in the first round..Cornyn had no trouble I see..Not that I thought he would..:)

Dire Straits on March 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Thanks. All States should be.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Actually, I talked to several Repubs who were planning to vote in the Dem primary, because they’re in Dem districts. I assume the reverse is even more common, given the Repub dominance. Man Dems know the only way to influence a statewide race is to vote in the Repub primary. Democrats do not win statewide office in Texas.

juliesa on March 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Willys on March 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

I thought that WAS a closed primary. Illinois is the same way-and it’s consider to have closed primaries.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:03 PM

juliesa on March 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Heck, I played operation chaos before it was operation chaos.

The republican primary in Dallas county usually isn’t a big deal. The democrat primary usually is. Besides, that lets me vote against Eddie Bernice Johnson twice.

Not this year though. I played nice.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:06 PM

As a Texan, Cornyn is terrible and it angers we will have him for 6 more years.

This “2nd most conservative senator” trope is a bunch of bull. What he does is works behind the scenes with the RINO establishment to defeat conservatives/tea partiers and kill conservative legislation or advance progressive legislation. Then when it comes time to vote and the outcome won’t be in question, he will vote the “conservative way” to protect his conservative voting record.

But if his vote is needed, he will vote the way the RINOs want him to, such as casting the final vote needed to break the filibuster a few weeks ago on the debt ceiling.

Mark Levin has done a good job of exposing Cornyn for the fraud he is.

Problem was there wasn’t good enough organized opposition to him. Stovall was a good candidate(I voted for him) but was overmatched. Cornyn really flooded the airwaves the past few months and the opposition had no chance. Ted Cruz campaigned for months, ran a lot of ads and had an organized campaign.

Cornyn flooded the airwaves with lies. Lots of ads about how anti-Obama he is. Recently he ran an ad touting how he voted against the debt ceiling increase, yet the bastard VOTED TO BREAK THE FILIBUSTER ON IT.

This is bad. Expect Cornyn to fall back in line with the RINO establishment. Don’t be surprised if he jumps on the amnesty bandwagon. Then I will tell all you who are happy with this, I TOLD YOU SO!

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:03 PM

What do you know? You think Chicago deep dish is the best pizza.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Travis County: Polls to Open at 11am
AUSTIN, TEXAS–Official notification was circulated early this morning that Travis County polling locations for the March 4 Primary will delay open times to 11:00am Central.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/03/4/Travis-County-Polls-to-Open-at-11am

I would imagine they would close later also. Don’t know how this might affect any of the races.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:03 PM

The party conventions are closed. Your Voter Regis has to be stamped that you voted that party or you don’t get into the local convention. That’s where the real influence is.

Willys on March 4, 2014 at 11:09 PM

You think Chicago deep dish is the best pizza.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Hey Now!!..It is very good..:):)

Dire Straits on March 4, 2014 at 11:10 PM

It really bothers me how people in this thread are happy that Cornyn won. He is a Graham/McCain Republican. Watch, now that he is done with his primary he will fall back in line with them.

Also a shame that Pete Sessions won, the bastard doesn’t even live in Texas.

It just shows how rigged the system is for incumbents. They get the warchests to flood the airwaves with their misleading smoke and mirrors propaganda touting how conservative they are and not enough people take the time to do the research to uncover the lies.

At least tea party candidates are doing well in the Lt. Gov and Attorney General positions.

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

You are indeed one consistent sour puss individual. Sand in the vag. and vinegar on the tongue.

arnold ziffel on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The blue votes out of Austin are baked in the cake. It won’t change anything.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

It really bothers me how people in this thread are happy that Cornyn won.

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Don’t tell me you think there was ever a doubt.

Also a shame that Pete Sessions won, the bastard doesn’t even live in Texas.

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Bless your heart, you try.

Breathe now, purple is not a good color for you.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:14 PM

You are indeed one consistent sour puss individual. Sand in the vag. and vinegar on the tongue.

arnold ziffel on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on March 4, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Don’t tell me you think there was ever a doubt.

I know you are a RINO but I knew he was going to win all along, but still doesn’t mean I am happy with it.

Stockman was a paid plant to draw attention away from Stovall and funnel tea party monetary donations away from Stovall.

I am sure when Cornyn jumps on the amnesty bandwagon and goes back to voting with the McCain/Graham wing of the party you will be fired up and excited about that but I sure as hell won’t

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM

The blue votes out of Austin are baked in the cake. It won’t change anything.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Austin is spread out over 3 counties. Only one of them is blue. It’s not Austin that’s the problem, it’s Travis county

NativeTexan on March 4, 2014 at 11:18 PM

I know you are a RINO…
tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Bwahahahahahahaha!

Good one sweetheart.

SMooo thanks you for making them not look so bad.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:19 PM

juliesa on March 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

It sounds from what has been said is that a person Registers to Vote, then he’s permitted to vote in either Party’s Primary (in this case)

So there is no Party Registration.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

I believe “no cross over voting in Texas” means that if you voted in the Republican primary today, next run-off election you can’t vote in the Democrat run-offs. In the final, you can cross over all you want.

It doesn’t matter if they “stamped” your card or not, they recorded how you voted. I suppose if people skipped today, they can vote in the runoffs where they want- D or R.

Marcus on March 4, 2014 at 11:22 PM

NativeTexan on March 4, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Spent lots of time there. The heart of Austin is Travis county. They are one and the same.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Also have to love the HotAir editorial headline for this post.

“Cornyn crushes Stockman”

HotAir staff has always been on the side of the establishment and relishes when their establishment pals win. They are probably popping champagne tonight to celebrate this.

The staff is excited – this means there is a greater chance they will be writing their favorite “We can’t die on this hill” posts in the future because Cornyn will be part of the surrender caucus.

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Very interesting..Could have been $$$$ problems..:)

PS..Good evening..Enjoy your comments..:)

Dire Straits on March 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Good evening, Sir! And likewise!

GOPRanknFile on March 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Actually, I prefer Chicago thin crust.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:24 PM

So there is no Party Registration.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Pretty much. If you want to stay for the precinct meeting, then affiliation comes in to play.

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Are you a hagfish sock?

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:24 PM

This is bad. Expect Cornyn to fall back in line with the RINO establishment. Don’t be surprised if he jumps on the amnesty bandwagon. Then I will tell all you who are happy with this, I TOLD YOU SO!

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Oh, I know. He is to McConnell & Reid like Cantor & McCarthy are to Boehner.

The most I’ve ever heard of Cornyn is when he’s running for election.

Strange that all of the Incumbents for the most part were re-elected. Wonder how many illegals voted.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Heh, why do you come here, if it’s so terrible and establishment?

thebrokenrattle on March 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Actually, I prefer Chicago thin crust.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:24 PM

NY-style all the way! :)

GOPRanknFile on March 4, 2014 at 11:27 PM

The party conventions are closed. Your Voter Regis has to be stamped that you voted that party or you don’t get into the local convention. That’s where the real influence is.

Willys on March 4, 2014 at 11:09 PM

So in this Primary, each Voter had his registration stamped to indicate which Party Primary he voted in? So then in a runoff, if I read what you said, he must vote in the same Party. Or not vote.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

You win a cookie.

Heh, why do you come here, if it’s so terrible and establishment?

thebrokenrattle on March 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Camaraderie?

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

The most I’ve ever heard of Cornyn is when he’s running for election.

Strange that all of the Incumbents for the most part were re-elected. Wonder how many illegals voted.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I live in Fort Worth and listen to talk radio all the time, heard Cornyn’s BS ads at least 3 times every hour.

Meanwhile I didn’t hear a single ad for Stockman and heard only one radio ad for Stovall once last week and I listen to talk radio all the time!

The challengers didn’t even put up a fight. Meanwhile 2 years ago I heard plenty of Cruz ads when he ran against Dewhurst. It’s hard to knock off an incumbent when no one knows who you are

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Spent lots of time there. The heart of Austin is Travis county. They are one and the same.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:22 PM

I LIVE in Austin. In Williamson county. Very conservative. I avoid downtown Austin like the plague.

NativeTexan on March 4, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Good News: for the Texas Supreme Court: Nathan Hecht, Brown, and Johnson easily won. The others in the (R) primary were trial lawyer stooges. They always try that.

Marcus on March 4, 2014 at 11:31 PM

I live in Plano:

https://www.lptexas.org/federal-candidates

paulsur on March 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Leave it to a pol to use “CAPITOL LETTERS”.

corona79 on March 4, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Based on the Texas Primary results, it looks like the Tea Party is going to have to work harder in the upcoming Primaries to remove more incumbents.

Here is a handy list of dates for the 2014 Primary elections

2014 CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY ELECTION DATES
AND CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINES FOR BALLOT ACCESS

http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2014/2014pdates.pdf

Next up: Illinois Primary on March 18th.

wren on March 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The blue votes out of Austin are baked in the cake. It won’t change anything.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Oh, ok, thanks.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

NativeTexan on March 4, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Meh, I enjoy downtown. Lat time I went to Camp Mabry though, I got in trouble for taking pictures of the aircraft and artillery at the jogging track.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Good News: for the Texas Supreme Court: Nathan Hecht, Brown, and Johnson easily won. The others in the (R) primary were trial lawyer stooges. They always try that.

Marcus on March 4, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Yes, and boy howdy, you really have to beware all these fake conservative groups that do endorsements. Some are Dem fronts, and some are for profit groups that endorse whoever pays them.

juliesa on March 4, 2014 at 11:36 PM

And yet you claim your idiot rants speak for many.
cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I saw her say she supports comprehensive immigration reform, which includes amnesty. I’ll try to find the clip.

The furthest she has come in writing on this site is to say she is “ambivalent and undecided” about the content of Gang of 8 amnesty bill:

My skepticism of this bill comes, less from its content, about which I’m ambivalent and uncertain, and more from my utter lack of confidence that Congress can manage or even understand complex systems that it’s been spending the last half a century making more and more complex.

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/04/16/immigration-bill-hearing-pushed-to-friday-to-give-congress-time-you-know-read-it/

She then goes on to say that she doesn’t necessarily support something just because “something needs to be done” though she suggests that she is open to being convinced, and would like to see more hearings. Hardly a clear and courageous stand in writing on what is one of the most important issues facing the country. Maybe she feels more candid when on tv, as opposed to writing here.

Many years ago she opposed such efforts, and it seems she has now “evolved” but hasn’t gotten to the point where she’s willing to alienate her readers and come out and say it. Remember, after Romney’s defeat, a lot of RINO’s and people in conservative media started talking about the supposed “need” to pass so-called comprehensive immigration reform.

Call me all the names you like, but I’m not going along with the amnesty-by-another-name push, and I think those who support it should be called out.

This site has gone from conservative/pro-immigration law enforcement to RINO/establishment/open to illegal alien amnesty, and it’s sad to see.

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Call me all the names you like…

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM

I will, and I do.

Until you can learn to play nice with others, you deserve no better.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:39 PM

The challengers didn’t even put up a fight. Meanwhile 2 years ago I heard plenty of Cruz ads when he ran against Dewhurst. It’s hard to knock off an incumbent when no one knows who you are

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM

The problem is that an incumbent has money and backers, Lobbyists/Chamber of Commerce/Rove & the boys and other RINOS that support them. We know how the game is played. Keep your seat at any cost.

Oh, I don’t live in Texas, but I heard Cornyns lies & McConnell when he has enough courage to have a radio interview:-) Heard quite a few of Paul Ryans double talk too.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:41 PM

AHHHH… the voting illusion……

Fact. If voting Mattered They Would Make It Illegal

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 4, 2014 at 11:41 PM

donabernathy on March 4, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Thanks for your input.

That meth pipe has done wonders for your smile.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:42 PM

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Just trying to understand the Voting Process. Seems like each State is different but it still is strange to me, LOL

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Meh, I enjoy downtown. Lat time I went to Camp Mabry though, I got in trouble for taking pictures of the aircraft and artillery at the jogging track.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Downtown is a great place to visit. I worked in downtown Austin for years and grew to despise it. Nasty streets, horrible traffic.

My son is a member of the Young Marines and they drill at Mabry once a month. Never say anyone getting in trouble for taking pics, though.

NativeTexan on March 4, 2014 at 11:44 PM

yay

FrankT on March 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Oh heck, each state is different. I have a hard enough time keeping up with Texas I try to stay away from the intricacies of the lesser 49. A really weird state is Louisiana. And their elections are weird too.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Mary Katharine. I know you will never read this, but if by chance you do. Please knock that dang fish,(the gilled one) out sometime. If you don’t want to do it, have Allah or Ed do it the stealth way. She is really tedious. Hint; Allah can’t stand tedious. Thanks in advance. ; )

Bmore on March 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:44 PM

The worst was a Cornyn ad run the past few weeks saying how Washington spends too much and how he fights to reign in spending, and voted against raising the debt ceiling. He had a lot of nerve to run that ad, considering his vote was the vote needed to break the filibuster against it.

In a just society, voters would have seen through that bullcrap and voted him out.

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM

wren on March 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

if the ILGOP can put up even a half-way decent challenger to Quinn…he’ll be beatable.
Wouldn’t THAT be sweet!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:52 PM

I came into today hoping Cornyn got less than 65% of the vote because I feel that would send a message, and he didn’t get 65%, so I guess that is good. Still won’t stop him from returning to the McCain wing of the party and embracing amnesty

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:55 PM

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:55 PM

He pretends to be a conservative during election years.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I came into today hoping Cornyn got less than 65% of the vote because I feel that would send a message, and he didn’t get 65%, so I guess that is good. Still won’t stop him from returning to the McCain wing of the party and embracing amnesty

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Cornyn winning with 60% of the vote and his seven challengers getting 40% combined is not too shabby. Hope we never hear from Stockman again.

GOPRanknFile on March 4, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Next up: Illinois Primary on March 18th.

wren on March 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Hi wren!! Nice to see you. From these Texas results, I’d say there is a lot of work to do. Last time I looked at the results, it was incumbents all the way.

Looking at the Governor’s race right now, the R = 13,601,324 Registered Voters and Precincts Reported 5,930 of 8,829.
Statewide Turnout 8.37%

Some of these races should have been a lot closer. That tells me there was no organization on the ground for many of the challengers.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:59 PM

CAPITOL LETTERS

The Capitol is the main building of the US Congress.

PGI_FL on March 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

P.S. Mary Katharine, this technique might work well on the gilled one.

Bmore on March 5, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Oh heck, each state is different. I have a hard enough time keeping up with Texas I try to stay away from the intricacies of the lesser 49. A really weird state is Louisiana. And their elections are weird too.

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Not only that, but the SOS seems to make changes for every election.

Everybody in Texas better gear up for the November 2014 General Election. That is where the fight will be. Other States too.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 12:08 AM

if the ILGOP can put up even a half-way decent challenger to Quinn…he’ll be beatable.
Wouldn’t THAT be sweet!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 11:52 PM

You just gave me hope for the state of Illinois, ALT!

Here is a quick update on the Illinois Governor’s race from Newsmax. Admittedly, Newsmax will have a right-ward bias, but it does provide a handy list of the GOP challengers.

Capitol Fax Poll: Illinois Gov. Quinn Trails 4 Challengers
Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 10:01 PM

The deeply unpopular Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is behind all four of his potential Republican primary opponents, a new poll released Tuesday showed.

The Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll shows state Sen. Bill Brady topping Quinn 48 percent to Quinn’s 39 percent; state Sen. Kirk Dillard and state treasurer Dan Rutherford both got 46 percent of the likely voters compared to 37 percent for Quinn, and wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner led Quinn 47 percent to 39 percent.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Quinn-Illinois-Governor-Brady/2014/02/04/id/550943

wren on March 5, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Some of these races should have been a lot closer. That tells me there was no organization on the ground for many of the challengers.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Greetings Bluefox!

Yup, much more work needs to be done in the next Primaries!

I was really looking forward to having tonight’s results scare the heck out of incumbents in Washington. But alas, it looks like most of the incumbents are safe in Texas.

Oh well. Lessons learned.

On to the next Primaries!

wren on March 5, 2014 at 12:14 AM

4ever? Nope.

Rises? Falls.

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 12:14 AM

The worst was a Cornyn ad run the past few weeks saying how Washington spends too much and how he fights to reign in spending, and voted against raising the debt ceiling. He had a lot of nerve to run that ad, considering his vote was the vote needed to break the filibuster against it.

In a just society, voters would have seen through that bullcrap and voted him out.

tcufrog on March 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM

I know, I followed that. They were for it (cloture) before they were against (voted no) it. They don’t fool all of the people, but the sad part is they fool too many. Corruption is hip deep in D.C.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 12:14 AM

wren on March 5, 2014 at 12:09 AM

My ex-husband(Spawn’s dad) is a center-right union guy…and the unions HATE Quinn. My ex is likely to vote for the GOP’er anyway-but Quinn’s fight w/ AFSCME will clinch it.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Oh well. Lessons learned.

On to the next Primaries!

wren on March 5, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I had an email from Senate Conservatives and Senator Mike Lee endorsed Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Pass that on. It is very hard to stay up with everything.

I noted that Illinois poll. Interesting. I’m not familiar with any of the R Challengers, but with the tricks the R’s & D’s play, they need vetted:-)

Take care, see you later.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 12:24 AM

My ex-husband(Spawn’s dad) is a center-right union guy…and the unions HATE Quinn. My ex is likely to vote for the GOP’er anyway-but Quinn’s fight w/ AFSCME will clinch it.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 12:23 AM

That the Unions would not be pleased with a Dem Gov., surprises me.

What may I ask is Quinn doing?

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 12:26 AM

My ex-husband(Spawn’s dad) is a center-right union guy…and the unions HATE Quinn. My ex is likely to vote for the GOP’er anyway-but Quinn’s fight w/ AFSCME will clinch it.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Another sign of hope! Thank you ALT! I needed some hope tonight!

wren on March 5, 2014 at 12:27 AM

Since you broke the wall of separation, MKH I’d sincerely like to ask you, as a woman, and especially a mother of a daughter, just how far are we willing to allow this admittedly great site to sink into the muck?

A female commenter makes exactly two comments within the span of six minutes & is subjected to this:

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Evenin’ hagfish.
cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Evenin’ hagfish.
cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:43 PM
BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Get over here and rinse my board out!
Lanceman on March 4, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Speak for yourself.
bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM
And yet you claim your idiot rants speak for many.
cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Lanceman on March 4, 2014 at 10:46 PM
Ain’t gonna’ happen, sorry.
That big mouthed idiot comes in this Texas themed thread and tries to slime the place up with her obvious ignorance.
cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:51 PM

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM
…have you ever had an enema?…I never have!…….for some reason……that may be something…that I think might be good…….for you!
KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 10:54 PM

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM
STFU, hagfish…
OmahaConservative on March 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM
You are indeed one consistent sour puss individual. Sand in the vag. and vinegar on the tongue.
arnold ziffel on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Somehow not deterred by the vicious misogynistic rants she once again attempts to comment and is met with this:

Call me all the names you like…
bluegill on March 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM
I will, and I do.
Until you can learn to play nice with others, you deserve no better.
cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 11:39 PM

This is the conduct that not only occurs, but is celebrated by a pack of misogynistic jackals, each and every day.

You ask me, we allow this type of behavior & we’re no different than those who cry war on women all while defending the most the lowliest of brutes.

Think of me what you will; ban me if you must, but I ask you again, MKH, as a woman and the mother of a daughter, just how far into the muck are we willing to go.

frank on March 5, 2014 at 12:27 AM

frank on March 5, 2014 at 12:27 AM

There are many females here-myself included-and we’re treated just lovely.
The issues people have w/ the fish have NOTHING to do w/ her gender!!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 12:37 AM

I had an email from Senate Conservatives and Senator Mike Lee endorsed Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Pass that on. It is very hard to stay up with everything.

I noted that Illinois poll. Interesting. I’m not familiar with any of the R Challengers, but with the tricks the R’s & D’s play, they need vetted:-)

Take care, see you later.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 12:24 AM

I got the same email about Mike Lee’s endorsement of Ben Sasse. The SCF emails are very helpful!

I agree re: the vetting! I wish the GOP would do a better job of vetting candidates BEFORE they announce their candidacy.

I got asked to sign the nomination form for a local candidate this week. After just 45 minutes of Googling, I had found a couple of major problems. Needless to say, this candidate did not get my signature. But I can’t believe this candidate is getting as far as they are without others raising red flags too!

Come on GOP! Let’s pay attention to the details EARLY in the candidate selection process!

wren on March 5, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Frank, you are definitely one of the good ones. I can tell you are a sincere person.

The name-calling doesn’t hurt me, but it is interesting what is allowed to go on here and what isn’t. If any of those things had been said about MKH or about one of “the QOTD clique” then I’m sure there would have been an uproar.

In any case, I wish you all a good night. I’m off to bed!

bluegill on March 5, 2014 at 12:41 AM

There are many females here-myself included-and we’re treated just lovely.
The issues people have w/ the fish have NOTHING to do w/ her gender!!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Exactly. And some of hagfishes harshest critics here are women. Her most hated nemesis is a woman…

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 12:42 AM

frank, frank frank frank frank.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Anyone who has been paying even the slightest bit of attention knew that Cornyn was in no serious danger.

Texas Zombie on March 5, 2014 at 12:48 AM

frank, frank frank frank frank.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Socks…

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Socks…

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 12:51 AM

The writing style is definitely similar.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 12:53 AM

It is worth noting that, other than Stockton and Pierson, Tea Party candidates are forcing run-offs in at least four other races:

Patrick/Dewhurst – Lt. Governor
Paxton/Branch – Attorney General
Ratcliff/Hall – US House
Huffines/Corona – State Senate

Vigilante on March 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM

The SCF emails are very helpful!But I can’t believe this candidate is getting as far as they are without others raising red flags too!

Come on GOP! Let’s pay attention to the details EARLY in the candidate selection process!

wren on March 5, 2014 at 12:39 AM

I appreciate the SCF too. I’m glad you did some searching and if you are in a position to advise others to do the same, that would be helpful I think.

Nowadays there are so many organizations that have an agenda and support various Candidates just for that reason. Remember what we found out by researching about that Nancy Mace running against Graham? That is one example. Takes a little digging. We still don’t know who’s supporting her. Rove? Chamber of Commerce? Graham?
Lobbyist? I just don’t think she entered this race in good faith. Never been elected or even ran for any office at all? So all at once, out of the kitchen (home) to run for Senate of the U.S.??

Not buying that, LOL

We need to hire some good political detectives:-)

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:01 AM

It is worth noting that, other than Stockton and Pierson, Tea Party candidates are forcing run-offs in at least four other races:

Patrick/Dewhurst – Lt. Governor
Paxton/Branch – Attorney General
Ratcliff/Hall – US House
Huffines/Corona – State Senate

Vigilante on March 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Thanks for posting that, as it’s encouraging. I’ve read enough about Corona, that I’m glad he’s in a runoff.

Going to see the QOTD, before signing off.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:07 AM

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Mace was also the first woman to force herself on the Citadel.
Only a fembot would do that+she’s buddy-buddy w/ the azz who tried to smear Nikki Hayley w/ an accusation of having an affair.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 1:15 AM

We need to hire some good political detectives:-)

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:01 AM

With Google the research is so relatively easy, that anybody can do it from their kitchens while wearing jammies.

If the GOP doesn’t find the dirt first, then they can be sure that the opposition will find it.

I agree re: Nancy. I don’t like what I see on her. I’m hoping that one of the other candidates defeats Graham in the SC Primary.

Time for me to hit the hay. Good night.

wren on March 5, 2014 at 1:16 AM

It is worth noting that, other than Stockton and Pierson, Tea Party candidates are forcing run-offs in at least four other races:

Patrick/Dewhurst – Lt. Governor
Paxton/Branch – Attorney General

I could live with any of them. But I don’t like either Patrick or Dewhurst and expect Dewhurst to try to get Patrick to insert his foot in his mouth which may not be hard. I voted for Paxton on the recommendation of Ted Cruz but I fail to see Dan Branch as anything other than another good candidate.

I was excited about Konni winning to take over Wendy Davis’s seat. She’s the one Tea Party candidate who had grass roots, her people were everywhere in Fort Worth this past week. They really want to stick it to Wendy.

Marcus on March 5, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Anyone who has been paying even the slightest bit of attention knew that Cornyn was in no serious danger.

Texas Zombie on March 5, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Yeah, I never thought he was in any danger. The tea party candidates have been wildly exaggerated over their strength. I would prefer they fold up the tent, and re-integrate fully into the Republican Party. We need 51% and the factionalism isn’t helping.

cimbri on March 5, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Sooner or later people need to understand that if you want to replace an incumbent, you need more than dissatisfaction with his voting record and someone who checks the right boxes on an issues form. You need a real contender.

For all the bad-mouthing of Cornyn I hear, most of it has been since he pre-endorsed Crist for Senate in 2010, which was a real bonehead move for several reasons. But it pales in comparison with what I’ve heard for years about Lindsey Graham, who will again cruise to renomination in South Carolina. His critics have again failed to find a strong opponent and fund them adequately.

Texas has closed primaries.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Thanks. All States should be.

bluefox on March 4, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Sorry, but what business is it of the state’s what party I prefer? In South Carolina and many other Southern states, there is no party registration, you can vote in whatever primary you wish. You may only vote in one party for all offices at the same election, and you may not vote in a primary runoff if you voted in the other party primary.

In most states which do register by party, it is not hard to change registration, so it is really impractical to try to stop determined “crossover” voters. They rarely have an impact anyway.

Adjoran on March 5, 2014 at 1:21 AM

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Mace was also the first woman to force herself on the Citadel.
Only a fembot would do that+she’s buddy-buddy w/ the azz who tried to smear Nikki Hayley w/ an accusation of having an affair.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Oh, so she is the one? I remember there was another one, but it’s been a few years ago. Well, if Mace did that, then that is another
reason to disaprove of her. Thanks for that. I’ll add it to my list, LOL

What she and that guy did to smear Nikky Haley is what I was referring to in my previous comment. Nasty people.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Time for me to hit the hay. Good night.

wren on March 5, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Goodnight wren and thanks for the list upthread!

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:29 AM

I was excited about Konni winning to take over Wendy Davis’s seat. She’s the one Tea Party candidate who had grass roots, her people were everywhere in Fort Worth this past week. They really want to stick it to Wendy.

Marcus on March 5, 2014 at 1:18 AM

If I have my facts straight, I think she is a hard worker and volunteered for Cruz when he was running.

It’s going to take the grassroots and boots on the ground. The Incumbents have all of the money for the ads and a challenger just can’t compete.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:34 AM

I would prefer they fold up the tent, and re-integrate fully into the Republican Party. We need 51% and the factionalism isn’t helping.

cimbri on March 5, 2014 at 1:20 AM

The majority of the members of a Tea Party are Republicans. We just don’t agree with big government and high taxes and increasing our debt.

The Republican Leadership are what we used to call the Democrat Party, i.e. Tax & Spend. And many of the Republican House & Senate members as well.

We don’t want to go along to get along. We want to defeat the Leadership and any of the other Congress members that are part of that leadership. Very simple. We Conservatives want to tear down the tent of those mentioned:-)

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Too late for me to be up, goodnight everyone.

bluefox on March 5, 2014 at 1:45 AM

There are many females here-myself included-and we’re treated just lovely.
The issues people have w/ the fish have NOTHING to do w/ her gender!!!!
annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Exactly. And some of hagfishes harshest critics here are women. Her most hated nemesis is a woman…
OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Yes

Sand in the vag.
arnold ziffel on March 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Would have nothing whatsoever to do with gender.

I guess what I keep coming back to is, as a father of teenage daughters would I allow them to view HA. Short answer: no. I would not subject my girls to this. Not in a million years.

frank on March 5, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Would I, or any sane father, allow his daughter to be subject to this:

have you ever had an enema?…I never have!…….for some reason……that may be something…that I think might be good…….for you!
KOOLAID2 on March 4, 2014 at 10:54 PM

frank on March 5, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Or this:

cozmo on March 4, 2014 at 10:43 PM
BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Get over here and rinse my board out!
Lanceman on March 4, 2014

frank on March 5, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Or this:

STFU, hagfish…
OmahaConservative on March 4, 2014 a

Absolutely not. IMHO this site is not safe for my teenage daughters to view & I will inform their school(s) of this first thing in the morning.

I’m not an Internet warrior but believe me when I say, should any man so much as dare say any one of the comments that I’ve posted to my daughters. Well lets just say that it would end badly & leave it at that.

frank on March 5, 2014 at 2:26 AM

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