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John Cornyn blocks Clinton nomination as Secretary of State

by: Citizen Andy

Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM CST

( - promoted by Matt Glazer)

Maybe this isn't the very definition of irony, but on a day of happiness centered around a theme of unity, change, and bipartisanship, I guess someone had to bring a little black raincloud on this otherwise beautiful day. 

 And that someone is John Cornyn.  (although a shout out to Rick Warren's gray cloud, too*)

  As just reported by CNN,Texas' junior senator has placed a hold on Hillary Clinton's nomination to Secretary of State.  She will not be confirmed with the rest of the cabinet later this afternoon, but rather, later tommorow.  He supposedly has problems with Bill Clinton's financial disclosures

 This strikes me as the worst kind of partisan dick move.  It is both ineffectual and either completely partisan or personal, as she will be confirmed, merely delaying the inevitable, and therefore begs the question: why?  And why Cornyn?  If the GOP leadership really wanted to hold up her nomination, even for one day, let David "yes i wear diapers and visit prostitutes" Vitter do it, as he was the lone person who voted against her confirmation in committee.

 Now you can certainly vote against Hillary Clinton's nomination if you wish.  But to delay her confirmation?   Cornyn is denying the incoming administration of a key member if its national security team at a time when we are dealing with two wars, a simmering invasion in Gaza, a newly aggressive North Korea, "Putin rearing his head" by shutting off natural gas shipments to Eurpoe, and various other emerging threats.   (Can you tell I've waited several years to play the "Republicans are putting our country at risk by being partisan" card for a while?)

In any case, thanks John Cornyn, for letting the country know that on a day like today, you can still count on Republicans and Texas to be a little dickish.


* - This gray cloud's silver lining? that Warren's invocation was forgettable and banal while the benediction was the second best part of the entire Inauguration, slightly above John Roberts screwing up the Presdidential oath and Obama correcting him.


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Cornyn's political stunt (4.33 / 3)
shows what a horse's ass he and his right wing Republican colleagues are. Everyone should blast off an email to the hypocritical Cornyn and ask him about his financial backing from global super lobbyist Stephan Payne. Let's shred him for putting politics over our national security.  

What an embarrassment for Texas.  

Not just this (4.33 / 3)
but when reporters called Cornyn over (after the inaugural luncheon) and asked him about Ted Kennedy's collapse, he had to make sure to state that while he was "concerned" about Kennedy he in no way agreed with him politically.

Orrin Hatch even had the good sense to put all of that aside to express his concern for his "good friend," Ted Kennedy.

Is it any wonder the rest of the country hates us?

One good thing, at least we were spared a "departure speech" from Bush from Andrews Air Force Base (after the inauguration). I was afraid CNN was going to broadcast it.

Cornyn's contact info (4.00 / 2)
I just ripped him a new one.  


The site is slow and a bit messed up.  If you cannot submit an email you can:

fax (202-228-2856) or telephone (202-224-2934)

Tried to call (3.00 / 2)
and the recording says, "all lines are busy, please hang up and try your call later."

Do Senators not have voice mail?

[ Parent ]
It could mean a lot of folks (3.00 / 1)
are calling b/c they are upset with Cornyn.  :)

My email finally went through - I received an acknowledgment a short time ago.  

[ Parent ]
I have never heard back (3.00 / 1)
any time I have e-mailed the dude. At least Senator Breck Girl replies. It is an obvious canned response, but at least you know your e-mail went through. Will e-mail Cornyn anyway, just to give voice to my embarassment.

Hill Country Ride for AIDSmy HCRA Page

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He's not very responsive (5.00 / 1)
He never has been.  He barely started to "respond" last year. And then it was only because he was up for re-election.  He's safely hunkered down for another 6 years.  He's only going to try to make points with his winger base.

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the benediction freed me . . . (0.00 / 0)
Now that Obama is in, and I am white, I can now choose right. WTF, don't think that was needed.  Stick with unity benediction dude.

oh damn (4.00 / 2)
this is why Texas gets a bad rap. First W. and now this Corndog.

I know that America will rise agsin..... but will Texas ever recover?

Exactly. (0.00 / 0)
Check out a comment posted on a Daily Kos diary:

(F word) the jackass from texas  

who held up the voice vote on Hillary Clinton.  


I responded that Texas Democrats would see to it that the horse's ass gets a pounding for this.  

Joy (0.00 / 0)
CNN showed the "crowd" preparing for the "Celebration" for Bush's arrival in Midland!! They even had a Jumbotron.

I've sent my comments (3.00 / 1)
I did go to Cornyn's site and responded that it is time to end childish acts following the lead offered by Pres. Obama. Interestingly the site says that someone will be contacting me shortly. Yea, right.

As others have pointed Cornyn is the most unresponsive public servant I have ever had. It is embarrassing to see how he treats his constituents. But it is still important for us to do our part. A message is never heard if a message is never sent.

I've sent plenty (0.00 / 0)
of messages to those Republican Web sites and called them on the phone over the years ~ ever so politely, too. Good luck with all of that. They don't care about the message that is never sent. They don't care about the message that is sent. They don't care about any of it.

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Sigh. (0.00 / 0)
First Frankin.  Now Clinton.  From http://www.burntorangereport.c...
Cornyn: No one's happy with the way things are being done in Washington - not Republicans, not Democrats, not me. There's too much petty squabbling while major problems aren't getting fixed. Shortsighted, is what I'd call it. This nonsense should stop.
 Yes, the nonsense should stop.  

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