After the 2010 Florida US Senate campaign debacle where John Cornyn and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) prematurely backed RINO (and later not even INO) Charlie Crist over (eventual winner) Marco Rubio, the last thing you’d expect the NRSC to do is get involved in another Republican US Senate campaign in the hopes of getting another RINO squish to run. If you thought so – congratulations! You are vastly more qualified to run the NRSC than John Cornyn.
Republicans in Washington are trying to recruit Joe Scarborough to run against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next year.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told The Hill on Thursday that he has talked to Scarborough a couple times about a Senate bid. And he indicated he’s still working on persuading the MSNBC host to run for the upper chamber.
“I’d be delighted to talk to him a third time,” Cornyn said.
Boy, you can just feel the base being energized with this news. This is the same Joe Scarborough who is employed by MSNBC and spends much of the day bashing other conservatives who don’t want to play nice with the Obama administration, and who recently called Scott Walker “un-American” for his attempts to reign in unions. This is also the same Joe Scarborough who frankly comes across as someone who might need help tying his shoes in the morning – it being a taxing mental exercise and all.
Yeah, that’s the guy John Cornyn is desperately trying to woo in Florida.
You know, I can sit here and discuss how completely out of touch with reality John Cornyn is, and how he is single-handedly doing all in his power to keep Republicans in the minority in the US Senate. But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this just about sums up my reaction:
Update: According to Jim Geraghty, The NRSC is vehemently denying this story:
Communications Director Brian Walsh e-mails me, “This story is 100% false. They had a casual conversation last cycle about Joe possibly running for the New York Senate seat. That was the context of the Senator’s comments yesterday – not Florida – and unfortunately The Hill got this dead wrong. We already have plenty of great candidates looking at the Florida Senate race and the NRSC is neutral. We’re confident any one of them can beat Bill Nelson in 2012.”
If true, that’s slightly better. That Cornyn and the NRSC think Scarborough would make a good Republican candidate in any state is still cause for agida, but at least they recognize (hopefully) the futility of trying to run him in a state favorable to the GOP.
Update 2: Now Joe Scarborough has spoken about this and says that he was asked to run in Florida against Nelson. This is getting interesting.