John Cornyn, the senior senator from Texas, is nobody’s idea of a liberal. He once compared gay marriage to the “union of man and box turtle.” He has a solid ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association. He has opposed both of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees and briefly threatened to block the nomination of Hillary Clinton for secretary of state. He is considered one of the oil industry’s most reliable votes in Congress and once suggested there might be a connection between murders of judges and public anger at liberal judicial activism. When most of the Texas GOP establishment lined up behind David Dewhurst in his Senate primary against a newcomer named Ted Cruz, Cornyn remained pointedly neutral. Last year, National Journal rated him the second most conservative senator.
None of this, naturally, has exempted Cornyn from the skeptical glare of his party’s right wing. Cornyn has served in Senate Republican leadership since 2007, first as conference vice chairman, then as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, responsible for getting more Republicans elected to the Senate. Serving in leadership is something only Washington Insiders do, and therefore not to be trusted. Over the summer, Cornyn initially joined Cruz’s call to defund Obamacare, but he took his name off the effort when it began to look like a recipe for shutting down the government. Tea Party groups immediately branded him a turncoat.
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New polling from ABC News-Fusion reveals a startling partisan divide on whether there should be more women in the House and Senate.
Just 23 percent of Republicans surveyed in the poll agreed that “it would be a good thing if more women were elected to Congress.” Meanwhile, 60 percent of Democrats agreed with the statement.
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Senator Mike Lee has a bigger incentive than most Tea Party Republicans to put the government shutdown behind him and champion a constructive policy agenda: His constituents weren’t fans of his scorched-earth approach to opposition, and Utah’s GOP may exploit their upset to mount a 2016 primary challenge. The caricature of a man incapable of working with Democrats isn’t right. Civil libertarians across the political spectrum can attest to Lee’s willingness to reach across the aisle in opposition to indefinite detention and drones.
Does he supports anything else that might gain support outside the Tea Party caucus? In a Tuesday speech at the Heritage Foundation, he gave a harsh assessment of GOP failures over the last 30 years, and suggested a forward-looking agenda.
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The Republican Party has seen a procession of new leaders leaping to the fore
White hot fury at establishment Republicans is the Tea Party response to the debt-ceiling deal. Those traitors sold out the people who sent them to Congress! That’s the message that Tea Party affiliated voters want to hear, or at least what people sending them fundraising pitches believe that they want to hear. Angry rhetoric is to conservative PACS what spread feathers are to peacocks: the more extravagant and over-the-top the display the better the results.
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On his radio show recently, Glenn Beck urged his listeners to “defund the GOP.” Sarah Palin has threatened to leave the Republican Party; Rush Limbaugh calls it “irrelevant.” The Senate Conservatives Fund has targeted mainly incumbent Republican senators for defeat. Erick Erickson, one of the right’s most prominent commentators, wonders if what’s coming is “a real third party movement that will fully divide the Republican Party.”
Conservatives have declared war on the GOP.
Tired of feeling taken for granted by a party that alternately panders to them and sells them down the river, in their view, Tea Partiers and others on the right are in revolt. The Republican Party itself is increasingly the focus of their anger, particularly after Wednesday’s deal to reopen the government, which many on the right opposed. Now, many are threatening to take their business elsewhere.
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The current moment in politics came about slowly, not suddenly, but it doesn’t make it any less of a national emergency.
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With a deal to reopen the government apparently imminent Wednesday, it’s worth taking stock of what it was all for—the two and a half weeks without a fully functioning federal government, the nonstop chaos on Capitol Hill, the tiptoeing to the brink of default.
For Republicans, it was basically for nothing.
The GOP will actually get less out of the final deal being brokered than the party would have gotten had House conservatives never staged their revolt on Obamacare. In fact, the drama is likely to end with Republicans ceding policy concessions to Democrats.
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