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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) released a new campaign ad on Friday that blasts President Barack Obama, while completely ignoring his own primary opponent, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).

The ad — titled “Astonishing” — covers most of the standard Republican complaints against the president, displaying images of the Benghazi attack and anti-health care reform signs while labeling Obama as “astonishingly liberal.”

“An administration that has squandered our trust, using backhanded methods to change the very fabric of American life. Who stands up to him?” the ad’s narrator asks. “John Cornyn. Conservative. Pro-life. Lives the Second Amendment. Fights for truth from a dishonest administration. He stands up to Obama every day. Pushes back. John Cornyn’s for us — for Texas.”

“Astonishingly liberal” is also a term that Rep. Stockman might use to describe Cornyn. But Cornyn seems determined not to engage his primary challenger; the ad does not mention Stockman a single time. The incumbent Republican, who is already burying his opponent in the polls (and has no compelling reason to assume that Stockman can mount a comeback), apparently sees no incentive to break Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment. That task has been left to Texans for a Conservative Majority, a SuperPAC supporting Cornyn’s re-election.

“Astonishing” — which warns that Obamacare is “to DIE for” — fits well with Senator Cornyn’s history of over-the-top campaign spots. But for sheer ridiculousness, the minority whip may never be able to match the “Big John” ad from his successful 2008 re-election campaign:

The Republican primary in Texas will take place on March 4.

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  • budjob

    With this new format on National Memo,why do I have to type in my username,e-mail,and website? This is screwed up!!!

    • Bill Thompson

      I agree who designed this somebody’s nephew? Completely unacceptable good way to screw up a website

      • Sigrid28

        This may be a way to discourage comments from the great unwashed by a media source that no longer cares what people like us say or think, never mind that there was a NM following that used to converse on the NM comment threads. I think this is a way of disinviting our comments.

      • Sigrid28

        It seems you can no longer go back a day later and edit a piece you posted on a NM comment thread–a misspelled word, for example. Authors of articles probably can, but not the nitwits who post on the comment threads.

      • Sigrid28

        Note that some comments have been dropped from threads on articles published prior to today–and others kept. For example, they dropped a polite, progressive comment I wrote without using any dubious grammar or vocabulary on the topic of the article: I just didn’t win NM’s new COMMENT CONTEST, which is meant to make us all friends. I for one always liked the core of people who commented here and indicated our likes and dislikes about comments. That’s gone, too.

  • budjob


  • Sigrid28

    How many times do I have to enter username-email-website?

    • Sigrid28

      Every time.

  • jeffromac23

    After the last election I could of swore it was the Republican Party that took lying to the next level and has continued since than to a even higher level.

  • Dominick Vila

    When a politician does not have anything positive or constructive to say, the only recourse is to attack an opponent, or in cases like this, feed their constituents what they want to hear.