Louie Gohmert vs. John Cornyn?


That’s a tweet today from Michelle Smith, state director for the Texas chapter of Concerned Women of America. The religious-right/tea party wing of the Texas GOP apparently thinks U.S. Sen. John Cornyn isn’t conservative enough. So they’ve been begging for East Texas Congressman Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert to run against him the Republican Primary next year.

The civil war on the right continues.

9 thoughts on “Louie Gohmert vs. John Cornyn?

  1. Cornyn can be an effective Senator. But, who does he represent? His role in the Senate has him focusing on the party needs which are unduly weighted towards those of the Tea party. Additionally his positions seem to be strongly influenced by Cruz. Gohmert would be a loud voice but totally ineffective. I think I’d rather have a clown than someone who can be effective but who typically is far from representing my positions and seems to fear compromise because it might jeopardize his election.

  2. Glenn Beck wants Gohmert for Secretary of State. But I will bet Louie can do that and be Senator…..

  3. Hey, hey! Anybody who stands up for his asparagus like Louie does is senator material.

    Jost imagine what we could not accomplish as a nation if we had more Cruz’s and Gohmert’s in Congress!

  4. Conservatism is not synonymous with religious extremism. To equate the two is profoundly ignorant. There are many within the Republican Party who support politicians like Cruz and Gohmert not because of their religious beliefs, but in spite of them, because they are generally committed to conservative economic policies and protecting the rights of individuals which are under relentless attack at this time and by this administration.


    1. There appears to be a grain of truth to that distinction, based on Altemeyer’s summary of the research he and Sidanius have done. Essentially: “Right Wing Authoritarianism” and “Social Dominance Orientation” are distinct; the religious conservatism seems to correspond to the high-RWA types, while economic conservatism (in the sense of opposing policies causing more equitable wealth distribution) tends to be correlated to the high-SDO types. The two correlate weakly; modern conservatism appears to encompass both camps.

      Contrariwise, I think you underestimate the extent to which the supporters of Cruz/Gohmert/etc tend higher-RWA and more religious than the nation as a whole.

      Nohow, in so far as the combination of the high-RWA and high-SDO appears to encompass the full variety of the conservative base, it seems to make little practical difference whether the support is from fearful religious bigots or from contemptuous self-satisfied bigots.

    2. ..”the rights of individuals, which are under relentless attack at this time by this administration.”

      ..and,I don’t suppose you feel comfortable elaborating on which specific rights you’re referring to.