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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Tea Party Jumps The Shark: 4 Reasons Steve Stockman Won’t Beat John Cornyn

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U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) shook up the 2014 midterms on Monday night, when he made the surprising announcement that he will challenge Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) in his upcoming re-election campaign.

“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,” Stockman said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “I have a 100 percent pro-gun, pro-life, conservative voting record in Congress.”

Despite Cornyn’s extremely conservative voting record, he is now the seventh Republican incumbent to face a challenge from the right. Although polls suggest that he could be vulnerable to a strong primary challenger, as regular This Week In Crazy readers know, Stockman is not that candidate. In fact, the extreme-right-wing congressman may finally be a candidate who’s too far on the fringe for even the Tea Party.

Indeed, unlike fellow senior Republicans Mitch McConnell or Thad Cochran, Senator Cornyn does not have much reason to fear his erratic primary challenger.

Here are four reasons that Steve Stockman will not be the next senator from Texas:

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  • moelarryandjesus

    How does being crazy create a problem for him in the state that elected Ted Cruz?

    • rothgar

      Good question

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Don’t forget other notables elected from that state, like Rick (What agency was that I wanted to eliminate?) Perry, and George Dubya (There are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There must be. Uncle Cheney told me there were) Bush.

  • Buford2k11

    what is the difference between Cruz “crazy” and Stockman “insanity”…? Packaging…

  • Lisa Whitehead

    You sorely underestimate the depth of the average Texans’ ignorance and their willingness to accept any bit of bullsh!t the far right tries to spoon-feed them. Hell, they sent Cruz to Washington and Perry has had a choke-hold on our state for so long, I can’t remember what it’s like to have SMART people representing us, not to mention Gohmert! You can’t honestly say that a state that will send Cruz and Gohmert to Washington would have any problem sending Stockman there also. It’s almost like Republicans in Texas purposely elect the bat-sh!t crazy candidates…like they enjoy the entire country calling them stupid dirt-eating whackjobs.

    • midway54

      Well stated. I can only say that the test facing the crazy and ignorant majority of right wing voters in the Loon Star State is who is the bigger nutcase between Stockman and Cornyn to join the demagogic lunatic Cruz. If the secessionists in Texas are still active, I would hope that they succeed and soon will be considered by the states comprising Dupedom South to do the same, especially the ones designated as the Deep South. The whole world is watching the right wing circus in this Country being directed by the plutocrats and must be asking whether this is the kind of government the Cheney-Bush Administration sought to bring to many of them.

      • Lisa Whitehead

        It has the smell of Karl Rove….fat, crazy, white man.

    • latebloomingrandma

      Maybe because so many Texans don’t have health care, they don’t know they are sick. Perhaps Perry didn’t want to expand Medicaid because mental health care would explode.

      • Allan Richardson

        Providing more mental health care and more education would turn their voting base sane and smart, then they would vote for someone else.

      • Lisa Whitehead

        LMAO….you could be right!

    • angryspittle

      Like GOPer’s everywhere they’re proud of their stupidity. They flaunt it like some honor. Barton, Farenthold, Gohmert………. Stockman would fit right in.

  • johninPCFL

    Just in case you missed it, he’s $163k in debt. Campaign contributions will pay that debt off whether he mounts a serious callenge or not. If I were Cornyn, and really believed in integrity, I’d be posting this everywhere to keep the folks from funding Stockman’s “pay off my old debt” party.

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    Texas is the state that keeps on giving!!!
    Please Mexico take Texas back.

  • angryspittle

    Money is his biggest problem. Other than that Texas has a habit of electing batshit whackos. W., Perry, Barton (wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down..), that bloated gap toothed clownish comic book character Farenthold, The Jeenyus Gohmert, Sessions, Hensarling, Culberson, Cruz, et. al. I wouldn’t put anything past the brain damaged GOP primary voters in that damn state.

    • brickman

      Go on right wing blogs encouraging rabid righties to give money to Stockman. The Tea Party dislikes Cornyn more than you may know.

      • Lisa Whitehead

        Oooohhhh….I like that idea and it would probably work like a charm.

  • Two things need to be taken into account:

    #1: Moderates do not vote in primaries. This will be a contest for a loon vote over who can be the looniest.

    #2: Consequently, Cornyn will be pressured to shift even further to the right than he is already. Which, by Stockman’s standards, will require him to endorse birther and Agenda 21 conspiracy theories.

    This creates a sort of “chicken and egg” scenario where the increasing extremist rhetoric is in turn responsible for fewer moderates voting in the primaries.

    So I’m sorry, but you should expect Stockman to defeat Cornyn. The Tea Party will only truly fall apart when it is held responsible for turning Texas into a purple state after Stockman gets his ass handed to him by a Democrat.

    • brickman

      Better yet Stockman wins , goes to the Senate and keeps saying crazy things. He degrades the GOP brand even more. Democrats in the other 49 states ( or at least 35 of them) can run against potentially winnable candidates by saying ” A vote for (insert GOP candidate’s name) is a vote to make Steve Stockman chairman of the ( insert name of committee important to that state) committee.

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