Texas Panty Twist

Come at me, Bro!

Come at me, Bro!

I love a food fight:

In surprise move, Steve Stockman challenges John Cornyn

Firebrand Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman on Monday mounted a surprise primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), setting the stage for the latest potentially explosive battle between a tea party darling and an incumbent firmly backed by the GOP establishment.

Stockman, a far-right conservative who has called for the president’s impeachment, filed for the seat minutes before the 6 p.m. local deadline, confirmed Spencer Yeldell, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Texas. Cornyn, whose $7 million cash-on-hand far outstrips Stockman’s $32,000, is still the heavy favorite, but the latter’s entry into the race could force the incumbent senator to tack farther right as he tries to win over a corner of the party that has recently been skeptical of him.

Stockman’s move shocked Texas political observers: Cornyn had looked poised for an easy March 4 primary contest, where he was set to square off with several candidates with little name recognition. Just 20 minutes before the filing deadline, Texas GOP chair Steve Munisteri told POLITICO that he was “not expecting any recognizable names or people with substantial resources running aside from the senator.”


The Stockman-Cornyn match-up will be the latest in a series of contests that pits tea party-backed candidates against incumbents deemed insufficiently conservative by GOP purists. In Kentucky, for example, tea partiers have rallied around Matt Bevin, who is taking on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And in Mississippi, some conservatives are waging battle against incumbent GOP Sen. Thad Cochran.

Tea party types have been angling for a fight with Cornyn, 61, since this fall, when he didn’t back Lone Star State colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in a procedural motion designed to derail funding for Obamacare ahead of the government shutdown. That move led the Senate Conservatives Fund to blast Cornyn as a “turncoat” and enraged conservatives back home.

I really don’t know very much about either of these two men. I live in California so I don’t really have a dog in this fight, and my inclination is to stay out of elections I am not eligible to vote in. Who wins the primary is up to the voters in Texas. And since it’s Texas, whoever wins the primary will probably win the general election too.

But there is a general principle that applies to this case that I wanted to discuss. A lot of the establishmentarian Republicans have their panties in a twist because Stockman is challenging Cornyn. To which I say “Boo-fucking-hoo!”

I do not believe that politicians have any proprietary rights to the seats they occupy. Those seats belong to the people. This is especially true in a solid red or blue state where the winner of the primary is a virtual lock in the general election.

There is far too much dead wood in Washington DC, especially in the Senate. The only chance to pump fresh blood into politics is during elections.

This is not an endorsement of Steve Stockman, but the voters of Texas deserve meaningful choices. We need more challengers during primaries, not less. That goes for both parties.

May the best man (or woman) win.

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66 Responses to Texas Panty Twist

  1. Lulu says:

    Cornyn is not personally liked. He is an asshole. He is also Mitch McConnell’s toady. Cruz is EXTREMELY popular personally. Cruz goes to little hick towns AND big cities and talks to people who cannot afford to give him campaign money but vote for him. Cornyn doesn’t. When the filibuster-ette broke out, Cornyn bad-mouthed Cruz on the sneak when most people in Texas were proud of him saying FUCK YOU to this horrible mess of Obamacare. Cruz ignores him. It is funny, humiliating, and Cornyn has zero influence over Cruz so he runs ridiculous ads aimed at no one wearing a black cowboy hat that people laugh at.

    Stockman’s only chance is a runoff like Cruz did against Dewhurst. But Stockman is not Cruz. It will make Cornyn leave DC at least to campaign which he doesn’t think he should have to do. And he is not going to like what he hears when he is campaigning. Lots of fun.

  2. The Klown says:

    Prog panty-twist: “ZOMG!! Megyn Kelly said Santa and Jesus were white!!”

  3. The Klown says:

    Tweety: “At least the thrill up my leg came from Obama, not Palin.”

  4. May the best man (or woman) win.

    Wait! What are you trying to say about Cornyn?

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    Hey klown, you got unsuspended? That was quick.

  7. votermom says:

    So wrong

  8. elliesmom says:

    All I know about Steve Stockman is he works for us and has a sense of humor. That’s a good start.

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  10. Mary says:

    Golden Globe nominations are out. Oprah and the The Butler got completely snubbed—not one single nomination.

    Should I feel guilty for feeling good about that? 🙂

  11. OT. Have no problem with people demanding removal of nativity scenes, et al, as long same people intend to work full time that week, not taking any personal or family time off during “Christmas”. #unclearontheconcept #dishonest

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Merry Christmas from Obamacare…. new ads ….


    I find these more offensive than Nativity Scenes.

  13. I’m getting a little ticked by a certain sports network’s idiocy, and have decided to take it off my ‘favorites’ list. I’ll survive.

  14. The Klown says:

    Tinfoil time:

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    • DandyTIger says:

      Add a “.” dot before the “@” in your replies. Good habit to get into. Will avoid getting shut down by the trolls. As long as a @ isn’t a first character, it’s a public tweet and can’t be considered spamming.

  16. helenk3 says:


    this is an interesting and informative article
    who the dems really are

  17. helenk3 says:

    Living in California, I really wish someone had a chance to get run and win against Finestein and Boxer.
    They are both making money hand over fist at our expense and take party over country at every opportunity

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  22. DeniseVB says:

    helenk ~ will the driver of the car be charged ?


    He ran the gate, obviously not fast enough, but he will survive. Lucky bastard, but it could have been a much worse accident had the train derailed. Alcohol and properly working gates were a factor.

    • helenk3 says:

      should be.
      you have no Idea how much morons like this upset me.
      i had just assigned an engineer and fireman to work a train. they were on their first run and a truck ran the gates. there was an explosion and the both were killed.
      If it were up to me fools who run gates should be charged with attempted homicide

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Amen to that Helen.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Thanks helen, was just wondering if there’s a rule on the books about running the gates. Is it a local, state or federal no-no? Was hoping it was a federal offense. He put 44 passengers + 5 crew lives in danger, since he was driving around the gates not crashing through them. Wasn’t that drunk, heh?

        I’m having a Virginia Panty Twist, that’s the train I take to NYC 😀

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