That talk about David Barton being recruited by the Tea Party to mount a primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn in Texas is not just idle talk. The National Review Online reports that Barton is seriously considering it, but wants to be courted — by the people, of course.
David Barton, an Evangelical Christian historian who recently made headlines for a controversial history of Thomas Jefferson, is seriously considering primarying Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas), per multiple sources. Rick Green, one of Barton’s closest advisers, tells National Review Online the following in an e-mail:
More than 1,000 (zero exaggeration, that is an actual number) tea party and republican party leaders have asked David Barton to run. Polling says Sen. Cornyn is vulnerable and that’s why he is running ads right now. Like America’s Founding Fathers, David Barton will not “seek” this office, but if the people of Texas speak loud enough in the next few days, he could most certainly be drafted in by the voters.
Another Republican consultant in Austin familiar with Barton’s thinking elaborates on that. “The conservatives are putting in a significant effort to get him into the race, and this is not a drill — he might actually do it,” the consultant tells me. “I think David is probably mulling the race because he’s getting pushed really hard to mull the race. If people weren’t really pushing him hard, I don’t think he would be considering it. He probably fits the one profile which would be really threatening to Cornyn.”…Julie McCarty, president of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, says that grassroots activists in her circles have quickly latched onto the idea of a Barton campaign because they “so desperately” want someone to replace Cornyn. “We trust him,” she says of Barton. “We trust him to be one of us.”
She adds that he’s “extremely educated and well-spoken on the Constitution, and the Founding Fathers, and what’s supposed to be happening in America, how things are supposed to be run.”
I’ve always laughed at this faux populism of saying “I don’t really want to do it, but if the people speak loudly enough, I’ll do it.” They’re just so reluctant and humble that they would never consider going after power on their own, they will only do it if “the people” inform them that they’re just the only person who could possibly do it. Thus do ambitious men cloak themselves in false humility and pretend to be nothing more than the servants of the people. It’s just so transparently disingenuous.
And remember, Cornyn was rated the 2nd most conservative member of the Senate last year. He’s got an A+ rating from Gun Owners of America, for crying out loud, and is endorsed by Right to Life. If he isn’t conservative enough for you, you’re in Franco territory.