Conservatives are calling John Cornyn a “traitor” who “surrendered” on Obamacare and clamoring for U.S. Rep. Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert to take him on in a primary. These tea party inquisitors are wasting their time cataloging Cornyn’s sins against the conservative orthodoxy. The truth here is that Cornyn really deserves to be voted out into the street because he plays along with a radicalized Republican Party that no longer resembles the party of Reagan, much less that of Lincoln.
Cornyn’s worst crimes against conservative orthodoxy were to bail out Wall Street banks and — long story short — his reluctance to go along with Ted Cruz’s tactics to shut down the government to kill Obamacare. Cornyn finally voted against the deal to end the government shutdown. Less remembered is his 2009 vote to prop up the housing market with $192 billion in stimulus spending, and if you’re into predetermined outcomes you can find more evidence of impurities, but that’s basically it. The bailout and the you-Cruz-you-lose tactic are essentially the whole case for taking on Cornyn in a Republican primary.
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Stanford is a Democratic political consultant who blogs at jasonstanford.org and on Twitter @jasstanford.