U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-Tex) is challenging John Cornyn for his seat in the Senate. And why should Texans choose Stockman over Cornyn? According to Stockman, it’s because John Cornyn is a liberal:
“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.”
You might think “Gee, I didn’t know Cornyn was a liberal.” That would be a good thought to have, because Cornyn is about as far from “liberal” as you can possibly be. He’s one of the most conservative, least liberal legislators in the U.S., which is really saying something. He’s the Republican go-to guy when they need someone to say the really fringy, nutty, not technically “true” stuff that Senators who have to actually face opposition for re-election can’t dare say.
Which, I suppose, is kind of the point here. Stockman has approximately the same chance of unseating Cornyn as I do. He might as well try to test the limits of credulity, but c’mon. It’s defensible (and, frankly, really impressive if you’re removed from the situation) to run to the right of Cornyn. But to claim Cornyn is a “liberal?” I don’t think even Limbaugh or Palin would try to slather on the B.S. that thick. Calling Cornyn a liberal isn’t just “nutty;” it’s wholly dishonest.
And kinda stupid, too.