In a heated radio interview with Texas-based Matt Patrick of KTRH Wednesday, Senator John Cornyn awkwardly defended himself from charges that he did not support Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz in their efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as nicely laid out by Matthew Boyle of Breitbart.
According to Boyle, a "a senior congressional staffer" told Breitbart that "Instead of helping Cruz with their power as Senate GOP leaders, [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell and Cornyn are working against him." Indeed, the staffer did not mince words and said,
“To be clear, nobody is fighting harder to make sure Obamacare is funded than Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn...”
With this in mind, Matt Patrick adeptly challenged Senator Cornyn, who gave a flimsy defense along the lines of conceding that he did not support Ted Cruz' tactic of delivering a 21-plus hour speech against funding Obamacare because he thought that it was politically a bad idea.
He made the claim before, as reported by Todd J. Gillman of Dallas News, who reported that Cornyn said,
“I assure you that I try to make the decisions I make based on the merits and not based on political risk.”
But in the same article, Gillman wrote, "Cornyn has argued that with only 46 seats, Republicans should focus on winning control of the Senate next year rather than risking a shutdown that would damage the country and badly harm the party’s image." Worrying about the "image" of the party seems to be a political motivation.
During the radio interview, Cornyn said that the focus on Obamacare was "water under the bridge," and wanted to go on to discuss the debt ceiling.
Patrick was a bulldog, however, and said that "Texas wanted to see that unity," referring to Cornyn's "conspicuous absence" during Cruz' speech. Cornyn pressed back, lamenting that if there was a government shutdown, Harry Reid would "blame" the GOP.
Patrick (awesomely) replied,
"Do you think that back here in Texas, we give a damn about who's blaming who?"
This is where the conversation took a bizarre turn. Cornyn started to bash FreedomWorks, an organization that has become a real force for conservatives.
"FreedomWorks is an organization that uses Republican on Republican violence...to raise money. That's why they exist. They don't exist to run against Democrats, they use it to try to divide Republicans, and I think they do a disservice to the party and they've undermined our ability to gain the majority and to govern."
This is key, because it answers the age-old question posed by conservatives about why their candidates, particularly presidential candidates, always seem to be so weak. How many times have Americans "voted for the lesser of two evils," rather than having the opportunity to vote for someone who truly represents their values?
Americans have had the choice between Republicans and Democrats for so long, that they tend to vote for their party, oftentimes without even really knowing their candidates.
The truth is that organizations such as FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives fund pose a threat to the establishment Republicans in Washington, giving citizens a true glimpse into the voting history of their candidates from the perspective of someone who believes in limited government and the constitutional principles as intended by America's founding fathers.
Adding to this is a wild story told by Glenn Beck on his television show on Wednesday evening. He reported that
"Around this time last year, the establishment GOP tried desperately to take the wind out of the sails of the conservative and libertarian movement, by going after FreedomWorks."
They did this by attempting a "hostile takeover" of FreedomWorks, literally removing President Matt Kibbe and other conservative-minded staff by way of an armed guard. The article explained,
"GOP operatives had influence within the FreedomWorks ranks and, once Kibbe had returned to FreedomWorks, it took several months to rid the organization of their power."
Beck's tale is confirmed by Amy Gardner of the Washington Post from 2012. She wrote,
"Richard K. Armey, the group’s chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees [Matt Kibbe and Adam Brandon] off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news."
David Corn of Mother Jones later reported that the gunman was "former Capitol Hill police officer named Beau Singleton" and Armey's assistant Jean Campbell was also present.
The coup failed, as Glenn Beck explained.
Armey exposed his true colors when he went on to bash FreedomWorks for the Soros-funded rag, Media Matters.
Interestingly, despite Senator John Cornyn's disgust over FreedomWorks, he recently hired Brendan Steinhauser as his campaign manager. Steinhauser left FreedomWorks in December, as reported by Alex Pappas of the Daily Caller.
Beck also explained that one of the reasons he is telling the story now is based on a claim made by an insider who said that in a "closed door meeting," Senator Mitch McConnell "insinuated supporters of FreedomWorks or the Senate Conservatives Fund...are traitors."
McConnell denies the claims.