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Cornyn

Lots of email like this:

Jonah,

No one has come to his defense because you were spot on. Not only did

he seem to not have talking points, he forgot the very clear talking

points everyone else has mentioned.

The clincher for his failure with Senator Schumer came when the

discussion turned to the confirmation of Judge Ginsburg. Schumer again

hit on how bipartisan consultation resulted in an easy process.

However, as Senator Hatch recently, and very clearly, noted this had to

do with the Republicans being willing to give the President a lot more

leeway than Democrats are willing to do. It was Republican graciousness

not Democratic consultation. Senator Hatch made the excellent point

that it was because he had built a relationship with the President based

on respect and understanding, and the President reached out to Senator

Hatch because he knew they could work together. Senator Hatch then noted

that the shrill partisan demands of Democrats is precisely the opposite

atmosphere of the Republicans in the early 1990s.

It’s a brilliant point that reaffirms the Republicans as always being

more congenial and respectful of traditions, laying the blame fully on

the Democrats.

Senator Cornyn, however, rambled along with some response which

completely forgot Senator Hatch, and completely conceded to Senator

Schumer’s argument. Senator Schumer setup for a slam dunk response.

Instead of doing this, however, Cornyn bounced it hard off the rim. He

definitely should be benched. Any Freshman political science major

could have hit back better. It almost makes me think Senator Cornyn

doesn’t know the history of the last fifteen years of confirmation battles.

Embarrassing all around. Senator Cornyn completely let the team down.

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