To get the bad news out of the way first, Cornyn made it through the primary. It’s unfortunate, but he wasn’t a must-lose target and he didn’t have a viable opponent. I’m already seeing the standard issue shaming attempts in the comment sections about how we have to back the Establishment because otherwise we’re awful, childish people and we’re giving up and blah, blah, blah. Write it off. It’s social engineering for the definition of insanity. We’ve been backing the Establishment without question up until recently and it’s hardly worked out well, so more of the same isn’t the answer.
Now on to the brighter news. At the state level in Texas, conservatives and the Tea Party cleaned up pretty well, especially the choices of Senator Cruz. It’s safe to say his influence and that of the Tea Parties yet persists. Just because we didn’t bat 1,000 doesn’t make it a total loss, because no one bats 1,000. This is still a solid piece of work.
Put the small negative here behind you and retain your focus. Must-lose McConnell still needs his pink slip, and we have until May to give it to him. Otherwise, the means to ensure his removal as Harry Reid’s most highly placed enabler in the Republican caucus are less appealing and likely less certain. Don’t ignore the contests we can yet win because of a few bumps in the road.