Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Did Cornyn just, unintentionally, open up a new lane for a primary?!?

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."
Philippians 2:3

On Monday, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ran a hatchet job story about how Texas' federal officials are reacting to the state level lawsuit against Obamacare.

From John Cornyn:
“People ought to just take a deep breath and see what the Supreme Court does, maybe in a couple years from now,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the second-ranking Senate Republican. He’s up for re-election in 2020.
In other words, John Cornyn wants to do ** LITERALLY NOTHING** to address health care until some vaguely defined point in the future.

How typically Cornyn.

Of course, whatever baggage exists from the health care fights of the past decade, none of it changes the fact that health care remains one of the biggest economic/social policy challenges we face.

Sure would be nice if our elected officials would address it.


That being said, Cornyn's admission he's comfortable with the status quo creates an opportunity.

If a credible candidate were to challenge Cornyn on a platform of fixing the health care just might work.

Such a campaign would be forward looking.  It wouldn't be about punishing the mistakes of the past.  It would be about seizing the opportunities of the next decade.

Such a campaign also wouldn't, really, be about Cornyn.  It would be about fixing one of the biggest economic challenges Texans face.  To the extent Cornyn was discussed, it would be more in sorrow than in anger.

The temptation is to go after Cornyn as a traitorous RINO.  That's because it's true.  But that sort of messaging has a ceiling, and that sort of campaign would be doomed to failure.

Earlier this month, we splashed cold water on the idea of a Cornyn challenge.  But that's a Cornyn challenge in the context of the preceding paragraph.  What we're talking about now is different.

A disciplined, forward looking, campaign to fix the health care system might just work.


It should be noted that we don't have a clue who to run as a candidate.


Bottom Line: Based on his comment Monday, Cornyn clearly isn't interested in moving the ball forward on health care.  But the public still cares about that issue...a lot.  If a credible candidate were to credibly address the issue, it just might work.

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