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McCain to Cornyn: &$%# You Very Much!

Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) announced today that he is endorsing Sen. John McCain (R) for president, giving the Arizonan a boost in advance of the Lone Star State's March 4 primary. His move came just hours after Mitt Romney dropped out of the contest.

"With many of my colleagues, I have been determined to stay out of the primary contests and allow the members of our party to work their will. I now believe, with a number of the other candidates deciding to step aside, that it is time for the Republican Party to come together and stand behind Senator McCain," Cornyn said in a statement this afternoon. "I am honored to endorse him for President of the United States today and will do whatever I can to support his candidacy."

Isn't that nice? Much nicer than the dialogue between Cornyn and McCain during last May's negotiations on the immigration bill.

Faithful Capitol Briefing readers will certainly remember -- and newcomers can read for the first time -- that the two Senators had an, um, "heated exchange" during those talks. Specifically, as Paul Kane wrote, McCain referred to Cornyn and "used a curse word associated with chickens," and then later added, "[Expletive] you!"

If Cornyn can come around to backing McCain, maybe those conservative talk radio hosts will come around too.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 7, 2008; 4:42 PM ET
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Cornyn is an opportunist and a snake. The only reason he would ever be nice would be for his own personal gain.

Posted by: Matt | February 7, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

mcacain is a frightening push to a past
of war horrors for profit and a sickwill to torture others with unjust wars.
Enough of war imagery.
the planet is exhausted and we the people want change!!
Is he a hero OR are we being forced to see him as a hero?
Hero or no hero he is an artificial creation
for president a figurehead to provoke more wars NOT the leader the planet wants.
How can anyone after all these years still seriously name OBama bin ladin as the 'enemy' of the entire planet who still points his finger at us?
Oh please hollywood, change the script wouldya?

Posted by: lea | February 7, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

correction "osama Bin Laden"

Posted by: lea | February 7, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

i for one think that lea's freudian slip means a lot more than all the muddled spewed garbage that preceded it....

Posted by: not so fast... | February 7, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

mccain represents the past.
just to simplify

Posted by: lea | February 7, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a politician. He is NOT a hero. That status lies with the buried on the battlefield. McCain is a Repubican and he is running against Democrats, which this time around will SWAMP any Republican. So cut all of the theories and nit picking. He is the strawman this time around.

Posted by: Norris | February 7, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a scary guy, and yes the party needs to back him. Romney has the temperment, McCain does not..and he seriously needs to find a way to control his temper. a person out of control is a person not in control...of his own issues. the hill.billy's have the same temper and it got them a long way to the bottom. he should look at his legacy from the start if elected. Look at the dems..what do you remember? all the fine things hill and bill did, or their suspicious rise to political and financial power. Oh Yea, the oral office too. This dirty old man was actually a president of the most powerful country in the world and their legacies are already trashed by their own hand. So McCain has to learn to respect others opinions and teach himself anger management, if that's possible.

Posted by: mare | February 7, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is indeed a hero... have a little respect, unless you have also been a POW for 5+ years and can say from experience that it's not that big a deal. And in case you're wondering, I voted for someone else in the primary. Although I don't agree with McCain's positions, I can still respect someone who made that kind of sacrifice for his country.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

i do respect his suffering always did. torture is an abhorrent crime
designed by psychopaths,
However there is nothing heroic to begin another war
following orders of senator lieberman and his warmonger acolytes for PROFIT.
Mc cain is not listening to his health.
his face seems demanding systematic surgical intervention especially his left side.
his impatience? a logic reaction to
the many pains he must suffer between medication and medication.
All looked as a dress rehearsal
for a show that will be canceled by the surprise
candidate we want to emerge + save the planet indeed not to handle planet earth to the military industry what simpatico
mccain is doing.
new ideas anyone?

Posted by: lea | February 7, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

States that have not voted. write in Romney. Romney suspended his campaign the more delegates he gets the more he can deal with his delegates. McCain should pick Romney for VP and then he could run in 2012. McCain will not run again, this job takes it toll quickly, Romney would be in position to win. Big plus would be his influence.

Posted by: Ginger | February 8, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Sen McCain is wrong on Iraq...if we leave in 60 days or 60 years, the killing resumes the minute we're gone. He is also wrong to pander to the social conservatives...his original 2000 assessment of the "agents of intolerance" is accurate and does not require parsing. That said, only McCain has shown a centilla of class in admitting prior lapses in judgement such as the S. Carolina flag issue. Although, based on the issues, I can't vote for Sen McCain I can respect him as a good man and a true American Hero. Even if my candidate loses, I'll be able to sleep well knowing McCain is ready to lead...even if I don't always agree on the direction...far more than I can say for the impeachment-worthy regime currently in-place.

Posted by: my54goldtop | February 8, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

les makes a comment about mccain's face which seems to have a blemish not attractive to him/her/les. (hard to tell about the name 'les'). but no matter. what the heck has that got to do with anything presidential? you had your chance to campaign for johnny boy/breck- boy and for jack what's his name, an also ran in the last presidential. beauty boys frankly seem to spend too to much time grooming and to0 little time doing anything useful. of course a manicure and multi hundred dollar haircuts do matter to oval office lotharios. you remember the famous president who had sex in the "people's offfice" with an intern that he "never has sex with". hey ... it's part of the oral history of the now famous clintons from littlerock/chicago/newyork/london/ or whereeverthehell they are from.

Posted by: jake | February 8, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

By his own admission McCain is no hero. While some of you have pointed to his sacrifice, that is also an incorrect characterization of the events. A sacrifice means you had a "choice" and selected the harder path to take. McCain had no choice, so it was not a sacrifice to be captured. McCain said "it doesn't take a hero to get his plane shot out from under him".
Let's get our terms correct. Heroism involves and action with bravery in the face of danger and getting captured is not heroic nor is any part of the captivity however long it was. In some military cultures, it was a disgrace to get captured and some even preferred death to capture. Now that might be considered heroic ,,,or just plain stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 8, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I don't see what the big deal about a couple of guys cussing at each other. VP Cheney said a NYT reporter was an a ... Generals cuss each other out and then work together ... what is the big deal?

Posted by: Big Deal | February 8, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Mccain and the RNC are like a delapidatd house that needs to be torn down and rebuilt. My parents survived the depression so I guess I can survive 4 years under a democrat. We need to start working on 2012. Sometimes you have to lose a battle to win a war, this is where we stand now. No to the RNC and Mccain.

Posted by: howard | February 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

If all the loudmouthed "conservatives" sit out this election, they will never ever have any sway in the Republican Party. They've had too much as it is. Take Quayle, for example, take Joe Schell who ran against Nixon in 1982, keeping Nixon from being elected Governor of California. Schell and his "conservatives" hit Nixon hard in the Primary and gave the Democrats all the amunition they needed. Schell and his thugs conservatives sat out the general election so they could watch the Party go down so they could pick up the pieces. Didn't work. Reagan won in 66 with distaste for a third term for a Democrat and was a fresh face. Reagan didn't need the cosnervatives and they never ever recovered the power they lost when they turned on Nixon. The same will happen if they keep harping about McCain. 2012, my ass.

Posted by: sdraoul | February 8, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

As much as I dislike Sen. Cornyn, the pandering of Sen. McCain to the formerly "agents of intolerance" and his support for the never-ending war would never cause me to vote for him.

He could run with Jesus Christ as veep and I couldn't support him.

But the Dems aren't doing much better--again. Mr. "all hat and no cattle" or Ms. "win at all costs."

Maybe Mayor Bloomberg ought to rethink his quest.

Posted by: pacman | February 8, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I have a hand-written note from John McCain from back in the '90's, responding to my vow to NOT allow anypone to mention-him as "The Manchurian Candidate" in THIS veteran's presence.

Well, times has changed. McCain no-longer has my confidence, he is now an unprincipled-hypocrite. Oh, yeah, and he's a LIAR, par excellance.

Posted by: hub galliker | February 8, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

OK. It's February 9, 2008. 2:17 PM. I'm ready to predict part way: our future president, whoever s/he is, will win by a PLURALITY. Yup, three, maybe more candidates. Another minority chief executive...Glorioski, Zero!

Posted by: Allan Wikman | February 9, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I had a boyfriend, Marine that set up for the Tet offensive. The Navy and Air Force had to know where to bomb. It was the Marines and the maps. He was a captain, and a POW.

Of course, McCain got HIS broken bones mended, and the men did not. You will never know, unless you were almost murdered or a victim of torture, that McCain provoked the guards that tortured him, and maybe other men are alive. The guards Got OFF on McCain, but needed him to live. You have never taken a beating for someone else, so how would you know McCain's experience?

Posted by: theloneconsumer | February 9, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It's real scarry that any sane person would contemplate voting for a Republican for either Congress or the Presidency. After we endured the most corrupt Republican Congress and Administration in the history of our Country it will take at least eight years of Democratic rule to overcome the dammage done to the middle and lower classes of our Country + the dammage in the World Community. Bush, Cheney & Rove + the Republican controlled Congress made their own rotten bed so now we have to clean up after them. A gigantic task. The Government dole has been to the richest, the Fortune 500 Companies, the Farmers and the Corporations who are not taxed with their off shore tax shelters. This needs to stop!!! They have shrunck the middle class by about one million/year of the Bush kingdom. Middle Class America should be expanding not in a sucicide slide. McCain is more Bush like. No,No,No

Posted by: PE | February 9, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

if you want more of the same, mcCain is your man!! if you want change Obama,period!!

Posted by: goldenrulejoe | February 10, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

if anyone votes republican this election they DO NOT love this country!!!after seeing what the republicans have done of late I will not vote republican again until we get some new canidates that are real republicans!!!

Posted by: goldenrulejoe | February 10, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

In 2000, after the Hate Promoter Republicans had trashed McCain, I read that the Repubs said that they would run McCain in 2008 and his running partner would be Jeb Bush. That was because McCain would be too old in 2012 and Jeb would step right in. THAT IS WHAT SCARES ME TO DEATH. Look at the history of this family - WOMEN - yes; start with a book named Character by Gail Sheehy;yes;yes; Iran Contra; Watergate; Savings & Loan Debacle; the war profiteers of the Iraq war; it just keeps going, going, going like the Energizer Bunny - anyway for them to get money from the system - they do it. This is my opinion. Read about them.

Posted by: Iodine | February 11, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

As an Infantryman, with two combat tours in Iraq, it depresses me how easily people are fooled by pundits, blogs, and thier own lack of intellectual honesty. To the unnamed idiot who says that in order to be a hero, it has to be by some sort of choice, I have never heard a more ignorant comment in my life. First of all, no one chooses to be a hero. They do their duty to their fellow soldier, and others decide if it is heroic. Second, by your definition, McCain was a hero. Because his father was a high ranking military official, the Vietnamese tried to release him for PR purposes. McCain CHOSE to stay until all the POWs with him were released. He chose to remain a POW and endure another three and a half years of torture.
I don't care who you support for president, I don't care how you feel about the war. I don't care how ignorant you are, but you will respect those who paid a terrible price at the behest of their country.
And to all, if you are going to make comments on blogs, please have a damn clue what you are talking about. Everytime I read through the comments on a blog, I weep for the future of America and pray that there is some sort of program that keeps intelligent, informed people from posting.

Posted by: Staff Sergeant Mathew | February 11, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

To Staff Sgt. Matthew

I'm neither a McCain supporter nor a Republican but I heartily second your post. McCain is indeed a hero who deserves our utmost respect and gratitude.

Posted by: RJ | February 12, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

During the last 7+ years The large number of indicted and convicted (to date) elected Republican Party members has been incredible. Trafficant was the only convicted Democrat and Jefferson has been indicted but not convicted.
The country surely needs a change from the shortsighted policies of the current administration

Posted by: JMC | February 13, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Cornyn's spine if quite more flexible than ours. No I'll not vote for McCain and I don't care how many senators or Government officials endorse him. Those names I will keep as a reminder when election time comes for them too.
We knew what to expect: more of the same errors, an endorsement by George W proves it. The border fence will not stop people from overstaying their visas,will not stop medical costs from going up due to overcrowding of illegals, will not resolve the hiring of illegals, will not close the tunnels the drug cartels have built from Mex to the border towns. Only the drying of jobs will stop that, stiff fines to the companies that employ them undermining the American workers can do that. The war will not end until is clear to the Iraquis our military does not exist for their enjoyment. If they are not willing to fight for their freedom they do not deserve to have it. Freedon is not free for us, why should it be for them?
McCain is happy to protect the fetuses from abortion so we can raise them to die in a foreign land for people so ignorant they would blow themselves up to find 72 virgins on the other side?

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