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TX-Sen: Splinter, “Someone Remind John Cornyn (R) That He's Actually a Powerful Senator”

Kudos to Texan Caitlin Cruz at Splinter for calling out her U.S. Senator on this:

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On Sunday, Cornyn posted this note from Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy. It’s a kind note from a man who been there. “I know we often do battle on the policy, but we are also the only D and R who know how to work together on this stuff. So if you see an avenue for cooperation let me know,” Murphy wrote to Cornyn.

Despite the kindness Murphy extended to Texans, this just pissed me off.

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Cornyn — and Republican lawmakers — act as if they have absolutely no power or say in the matter of preventing gun violence, particularly mass shooting. You want to know how you could collaborate with Murphy? You could demand Mitch McConnell call the Senate back from their ridiculous summer recess and hear gun control bills passed by the House.

Tweets about how the problem of gun violence is too complex to do anything about are not enough.

Well said. By the way, with the retirement announcements from four Texas Republicans and a crowded Democratic Senate primary in Texas, it’s clear the Lone Star state is becoming more competitive and that has Cornyn running scared:

While it’s not at all apparent that anyone currently in the Democratic field can rekindle the magic of Betomania (if they even intend to try), the vibrancy of the statewide Democratic primary may be an indication that the party is coming back to life.

Interestingly enough, Democrats thought the same thing in 2002, when Cornyn was first running to replace Gramm. That was also the last time there was a truly contested statewide Democratic primary. The open seat attracted a host of moderate politicians like Ron Kirk, the African American mayor of Dallas, and Ken Bentsen, a Houston congressman and the nephew of legendary Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Dan Morales, the former Democratic state attorney general, was also considering jumping in as part of a political comeback.

At the time, Democrats believed that the path back to statewide power was in the middle of the road and the primary was a race to moderation. Kirk won that race, shoring up the Democrats’ much-lauded Dream Team ticket. But Cornyn was a close ally of a popular Texan who was the president of a country at war. He easily bested Kirk by 12 percentage points.

Eighteen years later, Democrats are in a similar situation. But there are important differences now. The Democratic challenge to Cornyn was a matter of political opportunity, trying to snag a rare open seat. As the results showed, Texans had no real appetite to send a senator from the opposing party of President George W. Bush to Washington. Today, the president is a wildly divisive figure who is in the middle of his own endless war—this one waged against Democrats, immigrants, the press, and the deep state. And this time, Cornyn’s close connection to the White House is not so clearly a political asset.

And if 538 is correct, we might want to consider one of the Texas Democrats running for President to be on the ticket. Especially this one:

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Or one of them (Beto or Julian Castro) could drop out and run for the U.S. Senate. We’ll see. In the meantime, I urge you all to donate and get involved with the Texas Democrat running for Senate you support the most:

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MJ Hegar

Amanda Edwards

Chris Bell

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