Awww. Barton Won’t Run for the Senate.

Well this is disappointing news to me. Pseudo-historian and professional liar David Barton has decided not to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the primary. He thinks he can win, mind you, but “the time is just not right for me.” I’m sure God spoke to him personally.

I am deeply honored and humbled by the heartfelt efforts of thousands of people encouraging me to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Citizens in Texas and across America know that our nation’s fiscal, moral, and constitutional deficits must be reversed.

I agree with the millions who say we need more constitutionally conservative leaders serving in Congress. The detailed polling data as well as the outpouring of immediate support from across the state indicate this is a race that could be won.

But as important as one seat in the U. S. Senate is, we also have generations of citizens that need to know our constitutional principles and rich heritage. Such education will result in the election of many more constitutionally-minded common-sense patriots in coming years.

As I travel the nation speaking about the founding principles of America, I have noticed a definite growth in the depth of interest regarding our moral and constitutional foundations. People are not only becoming more active in the political process but are becoming more principled and informed about how to restore our constitutional republic.

The solution to our current American crisis will come from the basic actions of our citizens studying the Constitution, voting and campaigning for good candidates, and helping reduce the size of government by personally helping those around us who are in need.

My family and I have carefully prayed about and seriously weighed the encouragement from so many people we respect who have asked me to run for the Senate. But right now, I believe my role is to continue educating, equipping, and inspiring citizens through the work we do at WallBuilders.

I thank all of you who encouraged me to enter this race. I ask you to take the time, energy, and money you so generously offered on my behalf and invest it in electing other constitutional conservatives at every level of government. Our involvement is needed now more than ever before. Our goal hasn’t changed. We each have a role to play to build a winning coalition of citizens who share a commitment to put the country on a sustainable and constitutionally sound trajectory. At this specific time my role will not be as a candidate, but I will continue to work side-by-side with you in the trenches to educate the nation, while also recruiting, training, and electing a new generation of conservative leaders.

I like that he “carefully” prayed. Because you don’t want to pray sloppily or haphazardly. I’m so disappointed that we won’t have Barton to have fun with.

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  • raven

    It is indeed a tragedy.

    Barton’s ability to never tell the truth while inventing wilder and wilder lies would be a world resource of dark humor.

    Texas is a lost cause right now. Whether it’s Cornyn, Barton, Hagee, Jeffress or someone even weirder, isn’t going to make any difference.

  • Modusoperandi

    None of what he said is true. In “constitutionally-minded common-sense patriots”, for example, none of those words means what it’s supposed to mean. They’ve mangled language to the point where every word is its opposite.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne


    To steal a phrase from Mary McCarthy, every word Barton speaks or writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.

  • Wylann

    I’m betting the money offered was actually not enough, after a survey or two….

  • hunter

    I think he should run for President. I’d love to see him debate Rick Perry and Rand Paul. That would be better than the #36 Broadway bus, which is the best street theater in the city of Chicago.

  • jeffwoodhead

    Maybe Barton’s not running, but guess who is still in the conversation

    If that happens Ed would never stop writing. Ever.

  • Randomfactor

    On the other hand, he might have won.

    Look at this spot-on observation:

  • d.c.wilson

    He prayed to gawd and gawd told him to stay on the wingnut talk circuit because that’s where the real money is.

  • holytape

    I can wait for Barton’s next absolutely-true history book about how he ran for the US senate, won and single handled saved George Washington from that thug Obama.

  • Bronze Dog

    To steal a phrase from Mary McCarthy, every word Barton speaks or writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.

    “Hello,” he lied.

    -Some guy

  • cycleninja


    I’m so disappointed that we won’t have Barton to have fun with.

    Not as disappointed as Chris Rodda, no doubt.

  • eric

    @11 – and not so disappointed as Cornyn, either. I’m guessing he’d much rather have Barton on his right than any actual seasoned politician.

  • jnorris

    d. c. wilson @ #8:

    He prayed to gawd and gawd told him to stay on the wingnut talk circuit because that’s where the real money is.

    His god mislead Mr Barton. The real money is having a campaign PAC like Sarah Palin’s. Barton could still pray-for-pay on the Christian radio/lecture circuit and have political meetings all over Texas for the PAC.

  • greg1466

    we need more constitutionally conservative literate leaders

    There. Fixed it for ya.

  • Ichthyic

    Texas is a lost cause right now.

    you can directly lay the blame for that on the shoulders of Karl Rove.

    not kidding.

    Texans might want to think about lynching that guy.

    he nearly single-handedly turned that state from a moderate blue state to an extreme red one, politically, in just a little over ten years. and the methods he used to do it… well… Texans should be embarrassed at themselves for letting him get away with it.


  • Ichthyic

    ..If you are a Texan, and want to do something to turn your state back to the blue star it used to be:

    -Find whoever is working to file lawsuits to overturn the grossly illegal gerrymandering that has maintained the red stranglehold on your state for the last 15 years, and join in with either your time or your cash.

    -if you have the cash, file a lawsuit in your district!

    you better turn Texas back to blue soon, or the gerrymandering won’t be necessary to maintain the red tide. you really WILL be outnumbered.

  • zarwolf

    I am deeply honored and humbled…

    Aaargh. I see this bit of pablum all the time and it drives me nuts. “Honored” and “humbled” have directly opposing meanings! If you’re honored you’re not humbled. If you’re humbed you’re not honored.