Cornyn & Davis A Tale of Two Texans

by Datechguy | February 13th, 2014

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Cornyn & Davis A Tale of Two Texans

Yes­ter­day we had a field day with Wendy Davis lat­est Flip Flop both on this site and on Twit­ter with the hash­tag #wendydaviscorebeliefs

It was a lot of fun but Wendy Davis was not the only Texan who flipped on a posi­tion this week.

24 hours after we talked about Nancy Pelosi telling her cau­cus not to gloat over the Debt bill while John Boehner won­dered why his cau­cus wasn’t cheer­ing a sen­a­tor from Texas was scur­ry­ing to find another Sen­a­tor to do his dirty work for him.

It started when Ted Cruz said he would insist on the 60 vote thresh­old for the debt ceil­ing bill

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could stage another fil­i­buster – this time in an attempt to raise the debt limit…

The bill on Wednes­day moves to the Sen­ate, where law­mak­ers are expected to pass the leg­is­la­tion later this week.

Cruz plans to object to hold a sim­ple major­ity vote, thus seek­ing a 60-​vote thresh­old in the Senate.

But while Cruz got head­lines his move had big impli­ca­tions in the upper house. It meant the bill couldn’t pass with­out at least 6 repub­li­can votes but WHICH repub­li­cans would flip?

Repub­li­can lead­er­ship worked the floor as they searched for votes. Finally, sev­eral Repub­li­can lead­ers exited the cloak­room and changed their votes, as if to say “let’s all hold hands and jump together.” First, Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell and Minor­ity Whip John Cornyn cast yes votes, with the lat­ter hav­ing ini­tially voted no. empha­sis mine

Excuse me? Am I to under­stand that less than 24 hours after Wendy Davis flipped on the debt ceil­ing Sen­a­tor Cornyn fac­ing a pri­mary fight from Dwayne Sto­vall flip flopped on the debt ceil­ing? Not only is the answer “yes” but it’s worse than it sounds

Sen­a­tors said four Repub­li­cans were will­ing to join all 55 Democ­rats, but that left them one vote shy of the 60 needed to break the filibuster.

Ulti­mately, Mr. McConnell came to the well of the cham­ber and cast his vote as the cru­cial 60th supporter.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-​ranking Repub­li­can, then switched to join Mr. McConnell in oppos­ing the fil­i­buster. He and other allies then went to try to per­suade other Repub­li­cans to join them in a show of solidarity.

Appar­ently the fix was in.

Now I under­stand the argu­ment the polit­i­cal argu­ment for this vote:
It’s bet­ter to get rid of this issue for the left can’t use it to bom­bard the GOP in the midterms. With the MSM behind them Democ­rats, as Glenn Reynolds put it, have air supe­ri­or­ity & would use it.

But if you actu­ally believe this was the case, the hon­or­able thing, the thing a leader does, is make that argu­ment openly and out front, both to the vot­ers and on the Sen­ate floor.

As much as I dis­agree with John Boehner on this he made that hon­or­able argu­ment lead­ing from the front.

John Cornyn can’t say the same. He didn’t even have the pro­pri­ety to abstain from vot­ing then join­ing his leader. He was a “No” right up until the moment his boss dis­cov­ered no other Sen­a­tor drive off the cliff for them. Then like Louise to McConnell’s Thelma Cornyn jumped in the car grabbed his partner’s hand and switched.

Bart Stupik who pro­vided the cover to pass Oba­macare would be proud.

Peo­ple won­der why ordi­nary folks don’t trust Wash­ing­ton pols say or why the Tea party is so fired up about chal­leng­ing the GOP establishment.

I don’t

Final thought: If I was Dwayne Sto­vall with lit­tle money but lots of Tea Party sup­port I’d be com­par­ing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till elec­tion day

Update: That didn’t take long

Cornyn’s vote with the Democ­rats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its pas­sage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that lib­eral vic­tory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the sim­ple major­ity of Democ­rats in the Sen­ate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-​truth and it’s mis­lead­ing. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”

Sen. Cornyn betrays the trust of Texas and votes with the Democ­rats at every oppor­tu­nity. A vote for John Cornyn is a vote for more debt that enslaves us, our chil­dren, and our grand­chil­dren. I’ve said through­out my cam­paign, and I will say again, I will never vote to increase the fed­eral debt. Now I pledge to fil­i­buster every bill that seeks to do so. We can­not con­tinue on this unsus­tain­able path.”

I will never do pro­ce­dural bait-​and-​switch vot­ing like John Cornyn.

He didn’t spare Steve Stock­man hie ire either ref­er­enc­ing this story in the Wash­ing­ton post

Among those vot­ing with Boehner were Reps. Steve Stock­man (R-​Tex.) and Mick Mul­vaney (R-S.C.), who just three weeks ago refused to sup­port Boehner in the for­mal vote for House speaker. Later, after the mea­sure eas­ily amassed enough votes to pass, Stock­man joined some other con­ser­v­a­tives in switch­ing his vote to “no” — a sign that he opposed the mea­sure but was will­ing to sup­port Boehner if his vote had been needed.

One of the things Ted Cruz decried in this long speech last Octo­ber was his dis­gust with peo­ple who cast mean­ing­less votes to cover them­selves. This is a great exam­ple of it.

Update 2: Smitty is not happy and his unhap­pi­ness is not restricted to Cornyn:

What’s actu­ally wrong here is that vot­ers have tol­er­ated such an egre­gious eva­sion of respon­si­bil­ity for so long. Our rep­re­sen­ta­tives, one might have been tempted to think, are elected to do mature, adult work on tough issues like bud­gets. And here we see a ‘clever’ sys­tem whereby the clo­ture vote is the one that mat­ters, and the sim­ple major­ity vote on the leg­is­la­tion is an after­thought, so that Sen­a­tors can do their foul deeds while piously claim­ing to vote against them.

This pat­tern is not dis­sim­i­lar from one a cou­ple thou­sand years ago involv­ing the San­hedrin and the Romans.

Why is this November’s elec­tion not a sure thing for the GOP? Because it’s entirely unclear that, given major­ity power again, the GOP would be any less wretched than Reid, Pelosi and crew.

There is a rea­son why Tea party types don’t trust the GOP, stuff like this is it.

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Yesterday we had a field day with Wendy Davis latest Flip Flop both on this site and on Twitter with the hashtag #wendydaviscorebeliefs

It was a lot of fun but Wendy Davis was not the only Texan who flipped on a position this week.

24 hours after we talked about Nancy Pelosi telling her caucus not to gloat over the Debt bill while John Boehner wondered why his caucus wasn’t cheering a senator from Texas was scurrying to find another Senator to do his dirty work for him.

It started when Ted Cruz said he would insist on the 60 vote threshold for the debt ceiling bill

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could stage another filibuster – this time in an attempt to raise the debt limit…

The bill on Wednesday moves to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to pass the legislation later this week.

Cruz plans to object to hold a simple majority vote, thus seeking a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.

But while Cruz got headlines his move had big implications in the upper house. It meant the bill couldn’t pass without at least 6 republican votes but WHICH republicans would flip?

Republican leadership worked the floor as they searched for votes. Finally, several Republican leaders exited the cloakroom and changed their votes, as if to say “let’s all hold hands and jump together.” First, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn cast yes votes, with the latter having initially voted no. emphasis mine

Excuse me? Am I to understand that less than 24 hours after Wendy Davis flipped on the debt ceiling Senator Cornyn facing a primary fight from Dwayne Stovall flip flopped on the debt ceiling? Not only is the answer “yes” but it’s worse than it sounds

Senators said four Republicans were willing to join all 55 Democrats, but that left them one vote shy of the 60 needed to break the filibuster.

Ultimately, Mr. McConnell came to the well of the chamber and cast his vote as the crucial 60th supporter.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican, then switched to join Mr. McConnell in opposing the filibuster. He and other allies then went to try to persuade other Republicans to join them in a show of solidarity.

Apparently the fix was in.

Now I understand the argument the political argument for this vote:
It’s better to get rid of this issue for the left can’t use it to bombard the GOP in the midterms. With the MSM behind them Democrats, as Glenn Reynolds put it, have air superiority & would use it.

But if you actually believe this was the case, the honorable thing, the thing a leader does, is make that argument openly and out front, both to the voters and on the Senate floor.

As much as I disagree with John Boehner on this he made that honorable argument leading from the front.

John Cornyn can’t say the same. He didn’t even have the propriety to abstain from voting then joining his leader. He was a “No” right up until the moment his boss discovered no other Senator drive off the cliff for them. Then like Louise to McConnell’s Thelma Cornyn jumped in the car grabbed his partner’s hand and switched.

Bart Stupik who provided the cover to pass Obamacare would be proud.

People wonder why ordinary folks don’t trust Washington pols say or why the Tea party is so fired up about challenging the GOP establishment.

I don’t

Final thought: If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day

Update: That didn’t take long

“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”

“Sen. Cornyn betrays the trust of Texas and votes with the Democrats at every opportunity. A vote for John Cornyn is a vote for more debt that enslaves us, our children, and our grandchildren. I’ve said throughout my campaign, and I will say again, I will never vote to increase the federal debt. Now I pledge to filibuster every bill that seeks to do so. We cannot continue on this unsustainable path.”

“I will never do procedural bait-and-switch voting like John Cornyn.

He didn’t spare Steve Stockman hie ire either referencing this story in the Washington post

Among those voting with Boehner were Reps. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who just three weeks ago refused to support Boehner in the formal vote for House speaker. Later, after the measure easily amassed enough votes to pass, Stockman joined some other conservatives in switching his vote to “no” — a sign that he opposed the measure but was willing to support Boehner if his vote had been needed.

One of the things Ted Cruz decried in this long speech last October was his disgust with people who cast meaningless votes to cover themselves. This is a great example of it.

Update 2: Smitty is not happy and his unhappiness is not restricted to Cornyn:

What’s actually wrong here is that voters have tolerated such an egregious evasion of responsibility for so long. Our representatives, one might have been tempted to think, are elected to do mature, adult work on tough issues like budgets. And here we see a ‘clever’ system whereby the cloture vote is the one that matters, and the simple majority vote on the legislation is an afterthought, so that Senators can do their foul deeds while piously claiming to vote against them.

This pattern is not dissimilar from one a couple thousand years ago involving the Sanhedrin and the Romans.

Why is this November’s election not a sure thing for the GOP? Because it’s entirely unclear that, given majority power again, the GOP would be any less wretched than Reid, Pelosi and crew.

There is a reason why Tea party types don’t trust the GOP, stuff like this is it.

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