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Sen. David Barton? Yikes

Warren Throckmorton is blogging at Patheos now, which is pretty cool for them. He notes that an effort is now being undertaken to draft David Barton to run for the Senate against Sen. John Cornyn in Texas. There’s a Facebook group with hundreds of members trying to get Barton to run. Remember, John Cornyn was rated as the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate in 2012. And even he isn’t far right enough for these people.

Comments

  1. Loqi says

    He’s a dishonest idealogue who’s never met a lie too egregious to tell, as long as it gets him more money and influence. He’s practically a senator already.

  2. says

    If Barton gets any traction at all within the GOP, the democrats will be able to use him, and his track record, as proof that the GOP is a party of loonies, liars and con-artists.

    Whether the Democrats WILL do so…that’s another question…

  3. says

    Is there anyway we can split the senate seat so that we can have both David Barton and Louie Gohmert in the senate? If we can’t do that, can we at least surgically attach them to each other?

  4. says

    Raging Bee “If Barton gets any traction at all within the GOP, the democrats will be able to use him, and his track record, as proof that the GOP is a party of loonies, liars and con-artists. Whether the Democrats WILL do so…that’s another question…”
    They’ve got a decade or more on most of the GOP now that they don’t use, why would adding another volume make any difference.
     

    Besides, Democrats pointing out that the Grand Old Party is rife with lunacy is uncivil. And if there’s one thing that’s ruined DC, it’s the Democrats being rude, like that bomb throwing Alan Grayson saying that the Republican healthcare plan was for you to die.
    Up next, we’ll have Alan Simpson and Representative Paul Ryan on to debate both sides of the future of entitlements.*

    * This program brought to you by the Liberal Media.

  5. kylawyer says

    @2 That’s why frighteningly enough he just might win. Texas has lots of teabagger loonies, liars and con-artists. How do you think Ted Cruz and Louie “Gomer” Gohmert got in office.

  6. says

    @6: Cruz won on the backs of the 600,000 or Republicans who voted for him in the primary. That’s probably less than 10% of all Republican voters in Texas. He underperformed Kay Bailey Hutchison by 5% in the Senate election against a Democrat who was woefully underfunded.

    Texas is still conservative enough for people like Cruz to win because there are enough Republican straight-party ticket voters out there, but it’s not as overwhelming an advantage as some believe, and Cruz will likely find that holding onto his seat in the Senate won’t be that easy.

  7. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    If Barton gets any traction at all within the GOP, the democrats will be able to use him, and his track record, as even more proof that the GOP is a party of loonies, liars and con-artists.

    FTFY. But as Raging Bee and Modusoperandi point out, they probably won’t. It’s time to get nasty.

  8. says

    Gvlgeologist, FCD “FTFY. But as Raging Bee and Modusoperandi point out, they probably won’t.”
    Actually, I’m pretty sure my point was the opposite of that. Republicans who tell terrible lies about their opponents get a pass (except, perhaps, a fact check on some other part of the news website that few read). Democrats who tell the truth about theirs are rude and divisive (worse if they’re coarse. Then they’re being militant and, worse, partisan).

  9. eric says

    John Cornyn was rated as the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate in 2012. And even he isn’t far right enough for these people

    You’re assuming they’re voting based on policy position. Personally I think there is a big ‘dissatisfaction’ vote out there. Yep, you have to be rightist to win their states (or for House members, districts). But given the choice between two rightists of approximately equal rightiness, I think a lot of tea partiers will vote against the incumbent because he hasn’t been able to deliver what they wanted. The fact that nobody will be able to deliver what they want is irrelevant to them. You failed: you’re out.

    This goes along with the meme that conservative ideology never fails; people fail it. They equate ‘failure to pass tea legislation’ with ‘rep is not sufficiently ideological, regardless of his voting record.’

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