John Cornyn thinks ‘social issues’ are the problem

Senator John Cornyn is a Republican from Texas and head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He has supported a string of candidates he considered ‘more electable’ like Charlie Crist in Florida and Jane Norton in Colorado that couldn’t win their party’s primary. Crist, in fact, left the GOP.

So now Cornyn wants to make peace with the Tea Party. That’s fine by me, as I think the average Tea Party candidate  is far better than the typical Mitt Romney country club Republican.

But Cornyn is trying to make peace by declaring war on social conservatives.

“As I’ve traveled,” Cornyn said, “I’ve talked to a lot of folks who are basically independents who say: I’m fine with the Republicans as long as we’re talking about fiscal responsibility. Where I go off the reservation is when you talk about social issues.”

This is nonsense!

Why did the Republicans lose Congress in 2006? Was it because the GOP was too ambitious on protecting the unborn and supporting marriage? Baloney. They did pass some good, but modest, pro-life legislation. Like banning partial-birth abortions and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

But there was no backlash against the GOP by independents for this. Be honest, John, it’s not like the Republican Congress even thought about banning all abortions.

So, why oh why did voters kick your party out of power, John?

Overspending and corruption? Well, it didn’t help. But I would think the biggest answer is so obvious: THE WAR. Whether we like it or not, the war was the central issue during the elections of 2006 and 2008. It was why independents left the GOP in droves. Even while marriage was winning at the ballot box — even in California!

So don’t blame us, John, for your party’s failures. In fact, if your party stands strong for life and marriage, you might just get out of the woods.



  • c matt

    I am sad to say Cornyn is one of my present senators, and that I supported him. He just lost that support.

  • Kevin

    In 2006, the GOP downplayed social issues because “national security” was so much more important. That sure worked well.

    In 2008, the GOP put forward a presidential candidate with dubious credentials on social issues. That sure worked well.

    Karl Rove said that if as many Evangelical voters turned out in 2008 as had turned out in 2004 for Bush, the margin between McCain and Obama would have been halved. Add in a better showing among the Catholic vote, and the GOP might have won.

    However, let’s not forget that the continuing weakening of Catholic consensus on social issues is politically driven and well-funded. Activists know they have to separate Catholics from their faith if they are to succeed.

    Remember how people complain about so many Planned Parenthoods are near black neighborhoods? Many of those neighborhoods used to be Catholic.

    Dissent on birth control functioned to split the Church and cut down Catholic numbers after the Catholic Baby Boom and the JFK election shook the old establishment.

    Not saying it’s a conspiracy, it’s just how political factions respond to threats. A unified Catholic Church is a threat, and we’re blind if we pretend we don’t have enemies. (We also can’t love and pray for our enemies if we pretend they don’t exist.)



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