Sen. John Cornyn on the Tea Party’s “impossible standard”
In an interview with Texas Monthly conducted in November but published Tuesday, Texas Sen. John Cornyn — who is now facing a primary challenge from the extremely right-wing Rep. Steve Stockman — complains that the Tea Party has created "an impossible standard" for Republicans to live up to.
Comparing the Republican Party's current absolutism to the more open-armed approach advocated by Ronald Reagan, Cornyn told the Texas Monthly that "I don't know how we got off on this track, where some people are welcome in our party and some people are not. Hence my reference to Ronald Reagan's line, 'What do you call someone who agrees with you eight times out of 10? An ally, not a 20 percent traitor.' Well, we're at a point where you can agree with someone 98 percent of the time, but they think of you as a 2 percent traitor, which is just an impossible standard."