Cornyn Blocks Confirmation Of Clinton As Secretary Of State

Pretty funny imo. Cornyn didn't get the post-partisan unity memo:

The confirmation of Hillary Rodham Clinton to be secretary of state will be held up for at least a day due to the objection of a single senator. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he wanted "a full and open debate and an up-or-down vote on Sen. Clinton's nomination."

Cornyn makes a political blunder here imo. Clinton will be confirmed tomorrow by a 90-10 vote and Cornyn will look petty and partisan forever. Bad political tradeoff imo.

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    Cornyn is an idiot and dolt (5.00 / 0) (#2)
    by Jjc2008 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:13:26 PM EST
    just like his buddy.  He too should just go back to TX and hope no one notices his stupidity and nastiness.

    Don't insult the Senator (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by magster on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:19:42 PM EST
    Your comment should have been "Big John" Cornyn is an idiot and dolt.  Please show some respect.

    Mea Culpa (5.00 / 0) (#29)
    by Jjc2008 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:58:57 PM EST
    "Big John".....with a pea brain

    I really hope you are right. (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Lil on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:18:26 PM EST
    As usual I feel like there will always be people who want to try to embarrass the Clintons, one way or another; hope it backfires.

    It's smart politics---rally (5.00 / 0) (#12)
    by ThatOneVoter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:54:24 PM EST
    the base by making everything about Clinton, rather than Obama.

    To rally the Republicans, (none / 0) (#15)
    by ThatOneVoter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:24:05 PM EST
    obviously. Going Newt Gingrich is the only strategy for them now, if they want to win in 2010 or 2012.

    GOP strategies don't need (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by ThatOneVoter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:45:52 PM EST
    to make sense. You're overanalyzing, IMO.

    what else would it be, besides (none / 0) (#34)
    by ThatOneVoter on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 06:48:31 PM EST
    a play to the base? I don't understand your point.
    Anyway, today's vote was suitably embarrassing, so good.

    Yes, that cutting SS (none / 0) (#23)
    by sallywally on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:46:59 PM EST
    went really well with Bush.

    Paterson gets a reprieve (5.00 / 0) (#7)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:38:10 PM EST
    for another couple of days -- as yet more polls are coming out with ever less support for Kennedy.  Maybe Cornyn is enjoying, as a Southerner, making it messier in New York State.    

    Saw Paterson interviewed ... (none / 0) (#8)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:43:20 PM EST
    on CBS.  He claimed he hadn't made up his mind yet, and said 11 people were being considered.  Also said he wished he didn't have to make the choice.  Would prefer an election.  And he also made the point of the large number of qualified Democrats in New York.

    Reading between the lines, my sense was he's not going to choose Kennedy.


    I think he'll pick Kennedy (heck, he picked (none / 0) (#9)
    by tigercourse on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:44:30 PM EST
    her a month or so ago) but he's just not that happy about the fact that he he has to.

    We'll know ... (none / 0) (#10)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:46:07 PM EST
    in a few days.

    What's taking him (none / 0) (#26)
    by TomStewart on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:22:53 PM EST
    so freakin' long anyway? The Dems could use that vote.

    Clinton hasn't resigned yet. (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by caseyOR on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:33:16 PM EST
    Technically, there is no open senate seat from New York. I expect Hillary will resign the minute she is confirmed as SoS. And I expect Paterson will announce his choice almost immediately after. New Yorkers will have a new junior senator by the end of the week.

    Think about it: If Obama had not quit (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by Cream City on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:41:22 PM EST
    so soon, the whole Blago mess might have been averted or at least less of a mess already.

    I just think.... (none / 0) (#30)
    by Thanin on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:12:12 PM EST
    republicans are desperate to seem relevant and making any stand that they hope will stick.

    loser (5.00 / 2) (#28)
    by txpublicdefender on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 07:37:47 PM EST
    Cornyn is a loser.  Here's something I've never really understood.  Let's say a spouse doesn't want to do the stuff that people think the spouse should do regarding tangential conflicts of interest?  What is the nominee supposed to do?  Divorce the spouse?  Legally separate?  Would the Congress stand ready to refuse confirmation of a nominee, man or woman, if his or her spouse refused to comply with the requests/demands?

    I've never understood the whole kerfuffle about WJC's charity as a conflict of interest anyway.  Who cares if some country thinks they can get some sort of better treatment from the US if they donate to his charity?  Does anyone really think HRC would actually do it?  It's ludicrous.

    as if (5.00 / 3) (#32)
    by cpinva on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 12:00:24 AM EST
    Cornyn will look petty and partisan forever.

    republicans care how they look. heck, this will probably win him some more votes in his next re-election camaign, with the "real americans" in his district.

    if republicans had even a wisp of shame, we'd never have had g. bush for the past 8 years.

    i rest my case.

    backfire? (2.00 / 0) (#35)
    by diogenes on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 08:32:57 PM EST
    You can only judge that in eight years; if dirt comes out on millions donated to Bill now or later (e.g. lots of people from India donate while Hillary tilts towards India), Cornyn may come out looking prescient.

    Cornyn blocks everything. He's a human wall. (none / 0) (#1)
    by tigercourse on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:10:03 PM EST

    A human wall (none / 0) (#5)
    by WS on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:23:32 PM EST
    composed of gelatin.  

    Good. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Lysis on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:18:47 PM EST
    It will bring more attention to her and reinforce her broad appeal on both sides of the aisle.

    Was that what he was going for?

    The man who put out this re-election ad: (none / 0) (#6)
    by steviez314 on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 05:31:58 PM EST
    Big Bad John

    cares how he comes across?  I don't think so!

    Great link... (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:04:44 PM EST
    unintentional comedy was off the charts, yet is was so disturbingly scary that I couldn't even watch the whole thing.

    What a weirdo!


    Heh ... (none / 0) (#20)
    by Robot Porter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:30:51 PM EST
    I had to turn it off after the shot of the wild horses.

    I love that (none / 0) (#24)
    by Nasarius on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:56:30 PM EST
    The Daily Show had to create their own counter-ad.

    cornyn didn't need this to be known as (none / 0) (#16)
    by pluege on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:26:12 PM EST
    petty and partisan forever. Petty and partisan are practically his middle name, and like all good republicans he takes extreme pride in being petty and partisan. The mistakes are being made by those (including Obama) who think today's republicans can be anything but petty and partisan.

    Right. It's a bit surprising (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by ThatOneVoter on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:28:20 PM EST
    that no Republican has called for Obama's impeachment yet. They really are off their game.

    corny is always petty and partisan (none / 0) (#17)
    by The Realist on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:27:36 PM EST
    He is an idiot that has never done anything but ask how far up Bush's butt he should stick his nose. trust me, this is classic "corny". Not an original idea in that head of his.

    CORY (none / 0) (#18)
    by 165 Valley on Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 06:27:45 PM EST
    He really is too cute by half.