John Cornyn could only be considered a moderate –or, oddly enough, a “liberal”– in Texas, and only be the hyper-conservative 10% of the electorate who bother to show up and vote in a Republican primary. National Review recently rated him as the second most conservative member of the US Senate. Of course, Texas also may boast its junior Senator, Ted Cruz, as perhaps the most conservative member of the US Senate. Accordingly, anyone who does not catch up to Cruz politically is seen suspiciously by the far-right. Therefore, six men and one woman are challenging Senator Cornyn in the Republican primary as he makes his bid for a third term. All are challenging him from the right.
Pick a ludicrous issue –any ludicrous issue, we insist– and you will find a home for it in the platform of one of these individuals. Repeal of the 17th Amendment is only the beginning for the challengers. Biblical literalism, absolute refusal to raise the debt ceiling and anger over the continued existence of the Federal Government round out their other grievances. Leading this pack is Congressman Steve Stockman. Stockman’s career is a quintessential example of the huge right-turn of the Republican Party in recent years. He was first elected to Congress in 1994, but was seen as far too conservative for Republicans, and soon found himself losing office after one term. Following a triumphant return in 2012, Stockman found himself with friends in congress and the State. Enough friends, in fact, that he felt compelled to run for the US Senate.
However, Stockman has not raised any issues of substance whatsoever. Thus far, his campaign has focused on Cornyn’s tepidness towards open carry and his vote to both raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government following a disastrous shutdown. Other than that, he has not done much besides disappear for days at a time and get into arguments with newspapers.
John Cornyn definitely is not perfect, but he is light years above all of his opponents in the Republican primary. He believes –at least, we hope he does– that the Government still has a role to play in the lives of its constituents. Additionally, Cornyn is the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, meaning he could easily become the Minority Leader or the Majority Whip in the next session depending on how the partisan winds blow. This seniority should absolutely not be glanced over, as having a Texan in a powerful place always has the capacity to help our State in big ways.
Accordingly, this board endorses John Cornyn in the Republican primary for the US Senate.
The Texpatriate Editorial Board is comprised of Noah M. Horwitz & Olivia Arena of Austin, Sophia Arena of Houston, George Bailey of Boston and Andrew Scott Romo of New Orleans. Editorials represent a majority of the voting board.