Strike Two for Cornyn
Following up on the news of Sen. Kit Bond’s (R-Mo.) retirement — that’s two Senate seats in one week for which the GOP has lost its preferred candidate. The first was Florida, now wide-open (possibly even leaning Democratic) with former Gov. Jeb Bush out of the race.
Perhaps Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, will wise up and spend less time making accusations about Minnesota’s Al Franken and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and more time recruiting and ego-stroking strong Senate candidates. It was the GOP’s failure to recruit Senate candidates in 2005 that revealed how weak it would be going into the 2006 midterms.
Right now, Roland Burris aside, it looks like Republicans think 2010 will be another bad year. It’s Cornyn’s job to fight that perception, not run interference for the doomed Norm Coleman.