Senator John Cornyn is no one's idea of a liberal. Senator Cornyn is no one's idea of a RINO or a squish. Indeed, the non-partisan Nation Journal ranked Cornyn the second most conservative member of the U.S. Senate. As Talking Points Memo reports on Cornyn's conservative bona fides:
He has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, has won multiple awards from the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, has a 0 percent rating from the pro-choice NARAL and a 100 percent rating from the National Right To Life Committee.
So if you're asking for a Republican senator, you've got it in Cornyn.
But Texas Tea Party MC Steve Stockman is going to challenge Cornyn in the Republican primary -- he's going to "primary" him (it's a verb now). Why? Well, according to an interview with conservative blog World Net Daily:
Stockman told WND he is filing the paperwork Monday evening and that he is running against his fellow Republican because, "We are extremely disappointed in the way he treated his fellow congressmen and broke the 11th commandment and undermined (Sen.) Ted Cruz's fight to stop Obamacare."
(The 11th Commandment, btw, is "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican," which was popularized by Reagan but he did not coin the phrase as is the popular belief.) There's more. According to Stockman's own website:
"You and I are in a foxhole fighting to save this constitutional Republic, but liberal John Cornyn is bayoneting us in the back," said Stockman. "Liberal John Cornyn betrayed Ted Cruz and worked with Harry Reid to fund Obamacare."
"Liberal John Cornyn wakes up every morning and works to make the Senate a more liberal place. That's why I am running for the United States Senate. I have a 100% pro-gun, pro-life, conservative voting record in Congress," said Stockman.
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And, this, in a nutshell, is the only difference you are going to get between a Senator Cornyn and a Senator Stockman.
Stockman is just a slightly nuttier, more nihilistic bomb-thrower than Cornyn. It is almost impossible for Cornyn to get more conservative, but because he's the minority whip and part of the GOP Senate leadership, he is getting blamed for not stopping Obamacare -- something that Cruz nor Cornyn could have stopped in any event.
I'm not so sure Stockman will succeed. The business wing of the GOP and their donors -- e.g., the Chamber of Commerce -- is feeling burned over the shutdown. They are have a serious case of buyer's remorse when they stoked the Tea Party's flames in 2010/2012, not understanding that the Tea Party are "true believers" some of whom really do think they were sent to Washington on a mission from God.
Expect Cornyn PACs and supporters to reach deep into their pockets to paint Stockman as too right-wing (even for Texas). And if you're hoping for some level of sanity to return to politics -- a world where John Cornyn is not a liberal -- support the incumbent.