Senator Cornyn Urges Ted Cruz to Speak to Mitch McConnell

From The Resurgent:

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a bipartisan deal on Wednesday to raise the U.S. debt limit and end the government shutdown. Republican Senator Cruz, who had earlier opposed any compromise unless it defunded Obamacare, said he does not intend to delay consideration of the measure, which is expected to be approved later in the day by the Republican-led House of Representatives. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTX14DWQ

Ted Cruz’s fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn is urging Cruz to smooth things over with his senate colleagues.

That message — to smooth things over with Senate Republicans in a private session — was personally delivered by fellow Texan and McConnell’s chief deputy, Sen. John Cornyn, who spoke with Cruz by phone after the candidate won their home state’s primary earlier this month.

“I actually made that suggestion to him when I talked to him last,” Cornyn said when asked if he thought Cruz should apologize for his McConnell remarks. (A spokesman later said that Cornyn did not seek an apology but urged Cruz to speak directly to the Senate GOP Conference.)

Calling McConnell a liar on the floor of the senate stung, and broke the honored tradition of saving the shiv for the press room while maintaining a fake decorum on the floor. It’s a ridiculous tradition (and hasn’t always been that way, read your U.S. history).

But why should Cornyn reserve his criticism for Cruz? Donald Trump has done more damage to decorum and civil political discourse than any serious candidate in the last half century. The rap sheet of Trump’s disgusting comments and attacks is far too long (and too well known) to detail here.

Yet the senate has no standard for Trump–he’s exempt from all rules applied to everyone else.

I agree that Cruz should do what he can to get along with his fellow senators on a personal level. But the optics of such a move when Trump can call Rubio “little Marco,” and Cruz “lyin’ Ted,” not to mention what he said about Lindsey Graham would make Cruz look like a milquetoast while making Trump look like a hero for being an uncivilized boor.

Maybe that’s what Cornyn and his senate friends want, otherwise they’d ask Trump to smooth over his own statements.


Cornyn, nor anyone else for that matter will ever ask Trump to apologize for his remarks, because there’s a whole different and lower set of standards for Trump as compared to other candidates.

Initially, I thought Cornyn needs to butt out of Ted’s business, but on second thought maybe he’s got another motive in mind. Were Cruz to speak to McConnell and smooth his ruffled feathers, it’s possible that would enable them to throw support his way. That would certainly slow down the runaway Trump train and likely avoid a brokered convention.

Admittedly, Cruz has made quite a few enemies in the Senate, and has regularly attacked his colleagues on the campaign trail accusing them of corrupt backroom deals and calling them the Washington cartel. A number of the other senators didn’t appreciate it.

“I’m not a member of any establishment or cartel,” scoffed Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, a Rubio supporter.

“I think he’s got some bridges to build here,” said Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican. “I think it would be helpful obviously for him — if he thinks he is going to be the guy or wants to be the guy — to come back here to mend some of those fences that he tore down when he was here.”

Ted Cruz has been asking for Republicans to get behind his campaign and understandably thus far, their answer has been no. Perhaps it’s his turn to make peace with some of them, provided he can do that without compromising his values. That’s the most important aspect here because we know he’s the best candidate for the job and it’s because of those values.


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7 replies

  1. It depends on whom they fear most, Trump or Cruz. Plus, if Cruz were elected, they’d have the added bonus of not having him as a thorn in their side in the Senate. He’ll stay there, unless a President Trump made him his VP or named him to the SCOTUS.

    IMHO, they need Ted more that Ted needs them, as their endorsements will cost him as much as they bring. They’ll cost him everything if he caves in to them!


  2. “provided he can do that without compromising his values”

    Ahh! And there’s the rub. To kiss McConnell’s ring is probably less appetizing than kissing his ass! He DID lie to Ted, who openly called him on it.

    Whether the Club likes to be called on their unprincipled backstabbing is really THEIR problem. If they want Trump as the nominee, they can have him. If they replace Trump any underhanded way, the GOP will dissolve. They can align behind Cruz, make it close going into convention, and perhaps unify the party with a winning ticket. It is their choice! Ted needn’t diminish himself to smooth their feathers! He’s running for President, not Mr. Congeniality. If L. Graham gets it, how hard can it be?


    • I get it Curtis, and my first instinct said Ted should tell Cornyn to shut up and mind his own damned business, and he shouldn’t have brought the media into it. BUT…Cruz needs them to beat Trump and to avoid turning the convention into a 3 ring circus and I think they want to make nice and support him for the same reasons.

      Agreed they should have gotten behind Cruz regardless, and I could be way wrong, Lord knows I have been before, but I think Ted could talk to McConnell and make nice without giving up anything. He doesn’t have to apologize for calling him a liar, because he is, but doing it on the Senate floor is what they’re upset about.

      This is a tough spot, one of those betwixt and between things, but I’d hate for us to lose the best candidate over this. We have to look at the bigger picture I think.


      • And thus Ted’s conundrum that I wrote about today. If he were to acquiesce and rejoin the flock he MIGHT get some support from other Senators, but how much good is that likely to do? Endorsements don’t seem to be very important this election. On the other hand, he would be relinquishing his stance as an “outsider.” In my opinion, he’ll probably net more votes as an outsider than those that might come from endorsements from his peers in the Senate.

        I think that he’s measured the alternatives and decided to remain an outsider.


      • From what I’ve seen today, it looks like you’re right. I just don’t want to see him be such an outsider that these establishment lifers jack things up later.


      • Ted doesn’t need to be so public in the future if he continues in the Senate (I hope not!). He has served notice that he won’t be lied to without a genuine cost to the liar! Is that comfortable for the Club? NO! But, they should never have BEEN a Club! They should be serving the States and the People, not their own cushy self aggrandizement! Ted just called them to account, and the people HEARD HIM!

        Ted will be fine. He has a future! The question is how that future will play out, and how well he is allowed to beneficially influence the Republic? President for 8 years now and the SCOTUS for the balance of his life would be the maximum impact. We’ll likely get less than that, but he will still be a blessing to us all to the extent he is allowed to direct the flow of events.


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