September 14th, 2010
12:28 PM ET
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Hill Hallways: Cornyn doesn't sugercoat O'Donnell

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12:19 p.m. ET – I just ran into NRSC head John Cornyn coming off the elevator. Most Washington Republicans will tell you on background they think the Delaware Senate pick up is gone for them if Christine O'Donnell wins the GOP primary, but they are reluctant to say so on the record.

Cornyn came pretty close.

He said that not only does he have doubts about whether O'Donnell can win in Delaware, but he also admitted that race is the "lynchpin" to any chance of Senate Republicans taking back the majority. He also said if O'Donnell wins, they would have to have a "powwow" about whether to dedicate any money to that race.

First, I asked whether he's worried about O'Donnell's electability.

"I think its a serious issue. People have been quoting Bill Buckley and saying he is for the most conservative candidate who can get elected, and I think it would be a shame to nominate someone who could not win that seat, and I think that Mike Castle clearly could. I have doubts about his primary opponent."

Is any chance at taking the majority, is that a seat you have to get?

"Its really a lynchpin. Right now we calculate there are about 13 Senate races that are in play, but you know you start to chip away at them by taking states like Delaware out of play, then our chances of getting there are much lower," he said.

I then asked If O'Donnell wins, are you going to pull your money out of there?

"I think we'll have to have a little powwow," said Cornyn, laughing, as he walked away.

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  1. Whatever

    For Get On Board and others that spout the socialist theme:

    "Socialism is an economic and political theory advocating public or common ownership and cooperative management of the means of production and allocation of resources."

    I just wanted you to have the true meaning!!!! Way too many laws and oh something called the Consitutition that would not allow that to happen here in the U.S.A. (prayerfully)!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Tulsa

    hey Get On Board, Your train has left and we'll be glad to see you gone.
    Dictator? REALLY? What a boatload of CR@P. Typical GOP moron.
    By the way, the MAJORITY of voters ELECTED President Obama. You might want to look up "dictator" before using it. Oh, and while you're at it, look up "Socialism" too. yep, you've got that wrong too.
    No wonder no one takes the right seriously.

    September 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. RepDom

    How is it the Republicans did not scream bloody murder for the amount of money being spent in the war of Iraq. Now they complain for every penny spent. You are not fooling anyone.

    September 14, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Toughlove

    Lliberals are such hypocrites. If a woman doesn't get in line ideaologically, they're called stupid, radical, backwards and uneducated. You don't want free thinking, strong women! You want a servant to do your bidding. And you call conservatives prejudice!?!? It's really sickening.

    September 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. anagram_kid

    Why is it all about 'winning' and not having the most competent decision makers in office instead? We need to do away with all political parties and force, yes I said it – force, voters to learn about the candidates and vote for them based on their abilities, not the letter behind their name or their location in some kind of abstract Venn diagram of ideology. Seriously, when I read articles like this I think that we have not progressed beyond the mob mentality of the Nika riots.

    September 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    hmmmm..and if people are dumb enough to vote for a RepubliCAN'T after the last 8 years they'll go back to the past pain, only worst.

    September 14, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. anagram_kid

    To poster ‘Presient Obozo:…” So you want the people of Delaware to decide, but you are going to tell them what to do anyway. Interesting logic. Also, we don’t need elected officials to shake things up; we need them to settle things down. And once more, name calling will never sway people to listen to what you are selling. It is a very poor substitute for a valid argument.

    September 14, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. water bearer

    Get on Board you are an idiot AND anti-American! How DARE you presume to speak for "the American people"?! The American people SPOKE when they ELECTED President Obama!

    September 14, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Fran

    I love it when you guys look back over ONLY 10 years. This whole economic mess started at least 30 years ago with the idea of instant gratification, no saving for a down payment on a "starter" home, now one water heater away from bankruptcy, mega beautiful vehicles, instant McDonald's, beautiful children who can't even make their own toast, designer everything. Let me say this: Not everyone possesses the personal responsibility to own a dog, not everyone possesses the personal responsibility to own a home. Children can't play kick the can in designer shoes. This is a "have it all instantly" society we've created with an awful lot of unhappy people. Why unhappy? Because there's nothing left to set your sights on to save for and eventually get and be grateful and proud that, "there, I did it myself." I feel very sorry that self-achievement and self-satisfaction in one's accomplishments have been taken from you.

    September 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. water bearer

    Go O'Donnell! Please TeaPublicans . . . . vote for the right-wing extremist in the primary . . . . pretty please!!!!!!! Kiss your hopes of having a majority in Congress bye-bye, TeaPublicans. The economy is showing even stronger signs of getting better. Of course, you all wouldn't know that because you all are only interested in lies & hatred so you all have your noses up Beck's butt all day!

    September 14, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Steve/Iowa

    Get on board - it's very obvious you, and many other right wing nuts, don't have a clue what true socialism is. Most of us independents do and really find your socialism BS quite boring.

    September 14, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. D. Bunker

    It's a shame ignorant teatards with no knowledge of history (other than the incorrect "facts" Beck and his fellow propagandists feed them) can't tell the difference between a "socialist dictatorship" and America.

    And, BTW, the correct answer in this race is "Neither." It was a trick question all along, since no one in the GOBP seems to care about the average American anymore.

    September 14, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. john

    "President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH" The people of Delaware don't decide it is just R voters and there are not enough crazy R voters like you to elect a total moron know nothing like O'Donnell, Palin or you. BTW you are the bozo, how dare you insult a man much smarter and more accomplished than you could ever dream of being? Loser.

    September 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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