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Nov 03 2013

Barton Seriously Considering a Senate Run

That talk about David Barton being recruited by the Tea Party to mount a primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn in Texas is not just idle talk. The National Review Online reports that Barton is seriously considering it, but wants to be courted — by the people, of course.

David Barton, an Evangelical Christian historian who recently made headlines for a controversial history of Thomas Jefferson, is seriously considering primarying Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas), per multiple sources. Rick Green, one of Barton’s closest advisers, tells National Review Online the following in an e-mail:

More than 1,000 (zero exaggeration, that is an actual number) tea party and republican party leaders have asked David Barton to run. Polling says Sen. Cornyn is vulnerable and that’s why he is running ads right now. Like America’s Founding Fathers, David Barton will not “seek” this office, but if the people of Texas speak loud enough in the next few days, he could most certainly be drafted in by the voters.

Another Republican consultant in Austin familiar with Barton’s thinking elaborates on that. “The conservatives are putting in a significant effort to get him into the race, and this is not a drill — he might actually do it,” the consultant tells me. “I think David is probably mulling the race because he’s getting pushed really hard to mull the race. If people weren’t really pushing him hard, I don’t think he would be considering it. He probably fits the one profile which would be really threatening to Cornyn.”…

Julie McCarty, president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, says that grassroots activists in her circles have quickly latched onto the idea of a Barton campaign because they “so desperately” want someone to replace Cornyn. “We trust him,” she says of Barton. “We trust him to be one of us.”

She adds that he’s “extremely educated and well-spoken on the Constitution, and the Founding Fathers, and what’s supposed to be happening in America, how things are supposed to be run.”

I’ve always laughed at this faux populism of saying “I don’t really want to do it, but if the people speak loudly enough, I’ll do it.” They’re just so reluctant and humble that they would never consider going after power on their own, they will only do it if “the people” inform them that they’re just the only person who could possibly do it. Thus do ambitious men cloak themselves in false humility and pretend to be nothing more than the servants of the people. It’s just so transparently disingenuous.

And remember, Cornyn was rated the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate last year. He’s got an A+ rating from Gun Owners of America, for crying out loud, and is endorsed by Right to Life. If he isn’t conservative enough for you, you’re in Franco territory.

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    And remember, Cornyn was rated the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate last year. He’s got an A+ rating from Gun Owners of America, for crying out loud, and is endorsed by Right to Life.”

    Look, everybody knows he’s a RINO. Why, he didn’t even manage to repeal Obamacare, abortion is still legal, open carry still isn’t mandatory, and some states still have “legal” gay so-called “marriage” (even in the face of massive opposition from other, more Constitutionally Conservative, states. Don’t you care about State’s Rights®?)
     

    If he isn’t conservative enough for you, you’re in Franco territory.”

    Francisco “Soft on Communism” Franco?

  2. 2
    John Hinkle

    Not only is Barton not considering running, he’s not considering how much money he’ll make.

  3. 3
    raven

    but wants to be courted — by the people, of course.

    If you translate this from Fundiespeak to English, he wants lots of money up front. No point in spending your own fortune on a pointless primary fight between two vaguely humanoid toads.

    Barton should have real problems winning the senate position though. He has the same problem as Satanorum, EW Jackson, and Kookinelli. A long paper and video trail of bizarre god babble and lies.

    Except of course that he is running in Texas. Where there is no such thing as being too crazy or malevolent. This might change though. Texas in majority nonwhite and majority female. Both targets of the christofascists. And it went 40% for Obama in the last election. The claim is made that the majorities in Texas are getting fed up with rule by rich, old, white fundie guys and are registering to vote in large numbers. I have no way to confirm this but it’s a public claim.

  4. 4
    matty1

    More than 1,000 (zero exaggeration, that is an actual number)

    No it isn’t, ‘more than’ is not an actual number and for the benefit of advertisers neither is ‘from’ or ‘up to’. An actual number would be 1000 or 1001 or 199 or whatever. You can’t be so vague we only have the fuzziest idea what you mean – it probably isn’t over 2000 or they’d be saying that – and claim to be giving us actual figures.

  5. 5
    raven

    Top-level Democrats and OFA strategist are on the ground all across Texas registering hundreds of new voters every week. Currently Battleground Texas reports that they are on pace to register approximately 600,000 new Democrats by the 2014 midterms.

    The source for this is Freedomworks. An ultra right wing christofascist group favored by Glenn Beck. In other words, not a particularly reliable source.

    But they and the Texas GOP are getting a little nervous. They have spent years beating up on Democrats, women, nonwhites, atheists, northerners, and other groups. A large majority of the population. And there is always a possibility that some day they are going to get sick and tired of it.

  6. 6
    magistramarla

    Raven,
    You nailed it and I’m a perfect example.
    I’m a Democrat, a progressive, a Feminist, an Atheist, an intellectual, a Northerner and a woman living in Texas. The only one of your characteristics that I don’t fit into is nonwhite (unless you count my American Indian grandfather and my Hispanic daughter-in-law and grandson).
    I’m totally fed up with the paternalistic angry old white men controlling this state and as long as we are stuck living here I’ll be voting to help turn Texas blue.

  7. 7
    John Pieret

    Modus @ 1:

    Francisco “Soft on Communism” Franco?

    He’s still dead.

  8. 8
    John Pieret

    This actually might be an interesting test of whether the business wing of the Republican party is willing to stand up to the wingnuts. If they let an uberConservative fall to the mouth breathers, they might just as well rename it the John Birch Party.

  9. 9
    Moggie

    Like America’s Founding Fathers, David Barton will not “seek” this office, but if the people of Texas speak loud enough in the next few days, he could most certainly be drafted in by the voters.

    When you say someone is “like America’s Founding Fathers”, that’s kind of undermined when you’re referring to behaviour which has been claimed by countless candidates since. It ends up sounding ridiculous. Might as well write that “like the Founding Fathers, Barton has a penis”.

  10. 10
    matty1

    America’s Founding Fathers fought a fucking war to set up their own government, whatever else they were they were not forced into taking power.

  11. 11
    Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    And remember, [Sen. John] Cornyn was rated the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate last year. He’s got an A+ rating from Gun Owners of America, for crying out loud, and is endorsed by Right to Life. If he isn’t conservative enough for you, you’re in Franco territory.

    What first distinguished Sen. Cornyn was his promotion of violence against sitting federal judges during the Senate boondoggle regarding Terri Schiavo . He even used rhetoric which justified past violent acts and murder by nuts where the ruling wasn’t controversial.

    So from my perspective, we shouldn’t be surprised when secessionists and advocates of lynching Federal Reserve Board members, like Rick Perry, are considered squishy liberals and therefore should be primaried.

  12. 12
    Dr X

    @Michael Heath:

    What first distinguished Sen. Cornyn was his promotion of violence against sitting federal judges during the Senate boondoggle regarding Terri Schiavo

    Despicable, isn’t he?

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  14. 14
    bushrat

    John Pieret @ 7

    That’s what those pinkos want you to think.

  15. 15
    Frank Provasek

    “We trust him,” she says of Barton.

    And Jesus trusted Judas

  16. 16
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    …he’s “extremely educated and well-spoken on the Constitution, and the Founding Fathers…

    PfffffBWAhahahahahahahaHAH!

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