Analysis: How one Republican senator is desperately trying to run away from Donald Trump #Breaking112
Which is why it’s sort of funny — or, maybe more accurately, sad — that Cornyn, now facing a serious test for reelection on November 3, is trying to present himself as something other than an ardent backer of the President’s policies.
Er, OK. But wait, there’s more! So. Much More.
There’s this (bolding is mine):
“I think what we found is that we’re not going to change President Trump, He is who he is. You either love him or hate him, and there’s not much in between. What I tried to do is not get into public confrontations and fights with him because, as I’ve observed, those usually don’t end too well.“
And this (bolding again is mine):
“But when I have had differences of opinion, which I have, (I) do that privately. I have found that has allowed me to be much more effective, I believe, than to satisfy those who say I ought to call him out or get into a public fight with him.”
OK, OK. So, this is rich.
It is a remarkable thing that Cornyn is attempting here. Faced with a surprisingly competitive reelection race — due in no small part to the fact that Trump is underperforming in Texas and dragging the rest of his party down with him — Cornyn is trying to argue to voters that he actually hasn’t been a rubber stamp for Trump. He opposed Trump lots of times! Just in private! So that Trump wouldn’t be mean to him on Twitter! And where it’s impossible to prove whether or not he ever actually did voice any significant opposition!
(On a related note: Over the weekend, at my house, I dunked a basketball on a 10-foot hoop. Unfortunately, no one saw it. And it’s not on tape. But I did it. Trust me. And it was incredible!)
The thing about serving in public office is that it’s PUBLIC. As in, when you disagree with a position that the President of your own party takes or believe that it doesn’t represent you constituents’ interest, you, uh, say something. In public. So that the people who voted for you know you are standing up for them and not simply capitulating to the President.
Cornyn wanted to stay out of Trump’s bad graces. So, he — ahem — voiced his concerns about the President’s agenda in private. Except now Texas is badly souring on the President and Cornyn needs independents to vote for him in order to win. And those independents don’t want a senator who served as, effectively, a “yes man” to the President.
So suddenly, Cornyn is making sure people know he totally stood up to Trump when he disagreed. In private.
And you can’t prove otherwise!