Sen. Cornyn desires the editorial board and/or Texas public to know that Truly, he has “disagreed” with Donald Blowhard Corruption Magnet on a minimum of a number of essential Republican issues throughout these final 4 years. It’s simply that he did it in “non-public,” as a result of causes. The Star-Telegram experiences that Cornyn instructed them he privately disagrees with Trump on “finances deficits and debt”—telegraphing a direct Republican Social gathering reversal-with-somersault switcharoo on whinging about these issues endlessly, after permitting and encouraging the Trump group to blow sufficient holes within the federal finances to make it a colander. He privately disagreed on Trump’s bizarrely premised and ridiculously executed commerce wars, he desires you to know—commerce wars that conflicted mightily with earlier conservative ideology, solely to be crumpled right into a pile of YOLO when Trump did the alternative. Cornyn non-public disagreed with Trump on pilfering navy cash for his silly border wall—it isn’t clear if this was earlier than or after Cornyn publicly defended Trump doing precisely that and voted to let him do precisely that, so this one was a notably non-public objection. He hid it so nicely he even hid it from himself!
“When I’ve had variations of opinion, which I’ve, (I) try this privately,” Cornyn instructed the board, calling it a “way more efficient” strategy however providing no obvious proof that it has been “efficient” even as soon as.
The brief model, then, is that this: On the verge of probably shedding his workplace, Sen. Cornyn would really like you to know that regardless of defending Trump at each flip, together with when Trump was impeached for the legal abuse of his workplace, he secretly has opposed Trump a minimum of a number of instances and secretly has, you realize, the best and non-humiliating opinions on issues. Sure, all hail the noble and courageous John Cornyn, who completely has disagreed with the authoritarian thunderdunce’s incompetent strikes and incomprehensible stances, however who nobly hid his disagreements quite than take motion and threat being tweeted at.
Really, a extra noble determine has by no means graced public life. What a hero.
Oh—and if Donald wins, please neglect he stated any of these items. Parkour!
Sigh. Get used to those claims of secret Trump defiance, as a result of if Trump causes Republicans nationwide to be routed from workplace you’re going to be listening to a whole lot of them, they usually’re all going to match. Republicans are going to say they have been “in opposition to” Trump’s incompetence and criminality the entire time, they simply, um, did it while you weren’t trying. It is not that they have been equipment to Trump’s worst habits, and actively celebrated a lot of his worst actions. It is not that they actively labored to forestall legal acts by Trump from being found, whether or not or not it’s the fixed grifting of presidency funds to line his pockets or an extortion scheme that the Republican Senate scurried to declare a non-issue. It is not that they used their workplaces, as lawmakers, to assist Trump’s racist and white nationalist edicts, or used their committees to push apparent disinformation on his behalf.
Heavens, no. Truly, Cornyn and the others will insist, we have been in opposition to these issues all alongside. We have been very sad about all of it. Secretly. Behind the scenes. Please give us new jobs, or rent us on as pundits, or no matter.
This new alleged rediscovery of morals and ideas would be the topic of a minimum of six (6) utterly ridiculous Republican autobiographies launched within the subsequent six months, two dozen eerily related Republican op-eds, and a full-on interpretive dance pageant held at Republican Nationwide Committee headquarters. You’ll be able to depend on it.
If all of it seems like bullshit, congratulations: Your cranium has not but been utterly hollowed out by the final 4 years of madness. In fact it is bullshit. As senator, John Cornyn allied himself with almost all of Trump’s strikes, together with the possibly-criminal ones, a lot much less the one silly ones. There isn’t any doubt he had non-public considerations about doing a few of them, however that did not cease him. He selected essentially the most craven strategy every time, on each subject, and is slinking again to his voters with essentially the most craven strategy now, signaling that his ideas at the moment are no matter they must be in this second, and can be shifting but once more if the second adjustments. No matter you need, voters. Simply inform him the tune and he’ll dance to it.
Hacks and scoundrels, the lot of them. There’s not sufficient integrity left within the Republican Social gathering to fill a mason jar. If Cornyn saves his seat—and it will be shut, however he is nonetheless just a few factors forward—he’ll swap messages once more, both surgically attaching himself to Trump or re-re-inventing himself with no matter newly found precept every week and month quickly requires. The Mitch McConnell-led Senate has mixed the conspiracy theorizing of Home Republicans with a relentless drive to keep up conservative energy utilizing each obtainable rule and, when these are usually not enough, inventing new ones; holding energy is the one ideology remaining in a celebration that has gleefully shed all the others.
Hacks. Simply hacks, from prime to backside. They do not even have the decency left to really feel disgrace, after they pull this “nicely secretly I used to be really in opposition to these controversial issues I supported” nonsense.