John Cornyn, Rick Perry Booed at Fourth of July Tea Party Event

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I hope you had a better Fourth of July than Rick Perry and John Cornyn.

Andrea Lorenz wrote about the event for the Statesman.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn drew boos from a crowd outside the Texas Capitol this afternoon as he spoke at a “tea party” rally organized by the Texas office of Americans for Prosperity.


“You're the problem,” a crowd member hollered.

Another crowd member yelled that Cornyn voted for the initial federal bailout of Wall Street approved by Congress last year, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Cornyn admits to the Statesman he wasn't sure what the reaction would be like, but said, “I didn't want to come some place that I wasn't wanted.”

Clearly he was wrong.

Cornyn is the current chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and is one of the de facto leaders of the Republican Party in the U.S. Senate.  This July 4th event shows the problem the Republican Party is having throughout Texas and the country.  Their inability to lead at any level of government and their continued failures is costing them both elections and their natural base of support.

The ire wasn't directed at just Washington, Republican Governor Rick Perry also drew more than a few boos as well.

Perry drew scattered boos, notably from crowd members aware of his advocacy of toll roads to relieve traffic congestion.

If the Republican base is furious at their own party and the Democratic party in Texas is highly motivated and organized, it's hard not being optimistic about the upcoming cycle.

Update: The video is really interesting to watch.  

You notice that the crowd calms down when Cornyn talks about military and shows respect to the man being awarded the Purple Heart.  Once the presentation is done, the boos start up again.


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  1. SNORF
    If…the Democratic party in Texas is highly motivated and organized

    Lifelong Texas Democrat here, but that line made me chortle.  

  2. Thanks for the Video
    I am just quoting Austin's daily paper.  The Statesman reporter who was there said Rick Perry was booed.  I am not one to question the Statesman on this issue.

    In fact, you can't say, “Gov. Perry wasn't booed” and then say, “very few but loud people who came NOT to support the Tea Party, but simply to yell at Governor Perry.”

    The Statesman reporter said the boos for Cornyn were louder and more sustained.  You even agree with the account from the reporter when you say some people made their opposition known.

    I wasn't there, but a reporter was and I quoted their perception.

    As for what Democrats stand for, thanks for quoting the Regan handbook from the 80's.  Government shrank under Clinton and exploded under Bush.  If it weren't for Bush, we wouldn't be in this mess and if it weren't for Phil Gramm and Tom DeLay, we wouldn't have to save our economy from the greed that comes with getting rid of every major regulation rightfully imposed on corporations on market vultures.

  3. Spinning

    If 95% of the people are doing one thing (loudly cheering), and only 5% of the people are doing another thing (jeering), which should be the headline of a non-biased media source?

    Well, since the AAS shares the same political ideology and bias as the young folks that run this site, I'm sure you won't acknowledge that bias.

    Yes, the government expanded under President Bush. And Conservatives railed against him and the GOP-led Congress for it.

    The biggest complaint that Conservatives had with the Bush Administration was that they were spending like Liberals.

    I noticed that you conveniently left our current Community Organizer in Chief out of the list of “expanding” vs “shrinking” Presidents. Your comment insinuates that “smaller” government under Clinton = good, and expanded government under Bush = bad. So what say you to the quadrupling of Government in 6 short months under Obama?

  4. Reporting
    The jeers were clearly loud enough for a reporter to notice them and comment on them.  I am not going to debate false numbers.  There is no way to prove what percent of any crowd on any action, so let's just assume that the Statesman took notice because it was loud enough to notice.

    To that extent, it was reported and to the extent it was reported, we quoted it.

    As for the Austin American Statesman's “bias” they endorsed Bush twice not to mention the countless other Republicans through the years. Claiming the Statesman is a liberal news rag is just silly.

    As for calling us “young folk” well… we are proud of our kid blogger moniker and we are happy to wear our democratic values on our sleeves.

    Republicans have an odd revisionist history.  Under Nixon, Reagan and Bush… government expanded.  Under Carter and Clinton, government shrank and the economy surged (Carter after the fact).

    As for Obama, you should read the site more.  We don't always agree with the President, but he has to do a lot of clean up in the 120 or so days he has been in office.  The economy didn't collapse on his watch and I applaud the man for trying to fix the mess Republicans made.  Perhaps that is why voters have abandoned the Republican Party and given every branch of the federal government to the Democrats.  Perhaps that is why Obama's popularity remains high in these tough times.

    I am not going to blame someone for cleaning up someone else's mess.  Would you rather the U.S. economy completely tank and have a 20 or 25% unemployment?  Maybe other business sectors should crash before we do something?  I personally don't want that, but that's why I continue to support President Obama.  

  5. Talk about spinning
    It's interesting how you view things. If they aren't reported the way you like they are considered “spinning the facts” even if it's an independent news organization. Yes, you'll probably call the AAS biased but that's the typical cop out phrase used by those who can only hear things one way.

    Regarding the video and your posting I found it interesting that people showed up to boo both Cornyn and Perry, both of whom were invited to speak for the “tea party.”

    My favorite comment at your site on your posting – “It's time to bring and end to the word 'public'” as posted by Norris Hall. From there he lists a series of things like parks, police, military, … you get the picture. Hmmmm. I'm not sure Mr. Hall has really thought through this list and the ramifications. But then again, I don't think a lot of Tea Party people have really thought through their ideas beyond just wanting to rant and rave. They remind me of the Old Men from the Muppets.

    What the rally really does show me is something that's becoming more and more apparent. The Republican Party is really having a hard time trying to figure out what is the core message of its constituents. Oh well, that just means Democrats have a great opportunity in the months ahead to continue to provide leadership. Lord knows, we've been devoid of that for the past 8 years.

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