Skip to comments.THE TEXAS PRIMARY: THE BAD AND THE GOOD AND THE UGLY
Posted on 03/05/2014 5:36:24 AM PST by Nextrush
With some 99 perecent plus of the vote in, John Cornyn picked up 59 percent of it to avoid a runoff.
Steve Stockman was second with 19 percent, Dwayne Stovall third at 11 percent.
That's a hard result for me to take. With his cloture vote last month to increase the nation's debt ceiling (credit card limit) Cornyn moved the United States closer to its eventual financial ruin.
Some felt the race was a bit rigged with Stockman running a crazy and ineffective challenge. I supported Stockman noting his willingness to not vote for John Boehner as Speaker along with 11 other GOP House members at the beginning of the current session.
Its worth noting that big names like Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and Sarah Palin stayed out of this fight. Perhaps they knew something I didn't about the contest.
Business as usual Republican Congressman Pete Sessions beat Katrina Pierson 64-36 percent, another disappointment.
One bright spot on the ballot was the first place finish for Lieutenant Governor with State Senator Dan Patrick coming in over 41 percent to incumbent David Dewhurst's 28 percent.
Ted Cruz roughed up Dewhurst in the Senate primary two years ago and it looks like Patrick is in a good position to take him out for good in the runoff.
Attorney General Greg Abbott easily won in the first round with 95 percent of the vote to be the Republican candidate for governor.
He will face the famous-infamous Democrat Wendy Davis in the fall.
I think one of the big reasons the GOPe political machine can win elections is their ability to fool grassroots voters like the game Cornyn played last month voting for the higher debt ceiling on the cloture vote then against it on final passage (ala John Kerry on Iraq).
Pro-Life voters have been misled in the big way and Pro-Abortion ones for that matter over the legislation Texas passed last year regarding abortion.
A poster here on FR pointed out and I confirmed it with my own check of the law's actual wording that the media and Pro-Abortion activists "twenty week ban" is symbolic and not firm. The Republicans are fooling Pro-Life voters with a fake 20-week ban in the bill.
The actual wording of Bill 2:
'IN THE UNEXPECTED EVENT THAT THE APPLICATION OF THIS STATUTE IS FOUND TO IMPOSE AN IMPERMISSIBLE UNDUE BURDEN ON ANY PREGNANT WOMAN OR GROUP OF PREGNANT WOMEN, THE APPLICATION OF THE STATUTE TO THOSE WOMEN SHALL BE SEVERED FROM THE REMAINING APPLICATIONS OF THE STATUTE THAT DO NOT IMPOSE AN UNDUE BURDEN'
The legal wording translates to the law not applying to any pregnant woman who is more than 20 weeks pregnant, wants to get an abortion and claims the law imposes an 'undue burden' on her.
I guess the GOP and Democrat political machines prefer to use the drama they generate over this bill to raise money and fool their grassroots supporters for the election.
(DO OTHER 20 WEEK 'ABORTION BAN' BILLS IN OTHER STATES CONTAIN THIS NULLIFYING CLAUSE????)
Some think the abortion clinic regulations in the bill are good because at least one clinic shut down in the state because of it.
But I have a different take. Abortion clinics run by small time operators are forced to shut down while ones run by the big time operator, Planned Parenthood, get to stay open.
There are many big money contributors to both parties including the GOP who bristle at the notion of Roe versus Wade being overturned and who support Planned Parenthood.
In the end, abortion clinic regulation in Texas and everywhere else ostensibly passed as Pro-Life legislation ends up being Pro-Abortion legislation keeping the big abortion operator in business (Planned Parenthood).
So much of politics is that way with a large business using regulation of its kind of business by government as a way to take out its smaller competitors.
My contention remains that 95 PERCENT OF REPUBLICAN ELECTED OFFICIALS EITHER FAKE CONSERVATISM OR REPUDIATE IT.
In Texas that may be 90 percent of GOP elected office holders, but that's 90 percent too many.
They claim to be conservative, they lie.
DAMMIT TEXAS FREEPERS- WHERE WERE YOU?
COUNT THE VOTES - you will see how FEW people voted in the primary
Your votes and effort could have made a loust 9% difference
The take away from this is after spending millions against ineffective competition, Cornyn was held to within 10 points of having to go to a run-off.
Certainly it wasn't the blow out that the GOP-E and the media was predicting.
A number of vocal freepers support the GOP-E, and shill for them here.
You are correct. It’s too early in the morning—I erred in my math.
There was no serious alternative to Cornyn. Stockman and Stovall may as well have been fictitious characters made up in our own minds for all they were worth. And that should not surprise anyone who had any clue. Anybody thinking that either of those clowns was going to force Cornyn into a runoff was deluding themselves.
The Tea Party is a great idea but it has to get serious or be disregarded. Money, organization, media....and there was little to none of that this go around. I think on Stockman’s part this was largely just a money generating operation. These are politicians after all, never forget that regardless of the letter after their name. Sobriety is needed. Seriously.
This. I will not be party to sending Cornyn back to continue his duplicitous, mendacious, traitorous reign in leadership. More Cornyn will beget more Crists, Chafees, Specters and Murkowskis. Heck, he's one himself; he just hasn't been flushed from cover yet.
I did not vote for Cornyn in the primary and I will not vote for him in the general.
Sobriety may be needed, indeed.
Those intoxicated in other ways often find themselves intoxicated by politics.
Crazy can equal drunk.
Who one the nomination for Stockman’s old congressional seat?
Unfortunately the 3rd party candidates in this race leave me cold. It is truly sad when you catch yourself wondering if (assuming she wins the runoff) the LaRouchie candidate is a viable option.
My precinct had a voter tally on the door. I voted at 6:30 and prior to that there were 44 people that voted during the day. I live in a precinct that I would guess easily has a thousand or so registered voters.
In my opinion Stockman threw the race.
I feel like we’ve been had. The RNC seems to have implemented a new strategy in protecting their incumbents during primaries. Get a Tea Party backed candidate to run to pull just enough votes away from anyone else that might get traction, but have them purposely not try to win.
If no 3rd party is good maybe a write-in would work.
Its easy on these voting machines we use here in PA.
Absolutely. Here's why: The Proposition to repeal Obamacare won with 1,253,837 votes for repeal, 94,304 against yet John Cornyn - who voted for cloture so that the funding of ObamaCare could proceed - was resoundingly sent back to the Senate to continue his mendacity. Money, organization, media - and lots of it - are required to break through that wall of ignorance.