Cruz Speech May Not Have Lasting Effect on Cornyn

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn did not help Ted Cruz with the junior senator's largely symbolic 21-hour speech that began Tuesday and ended Wednesday. And he tacitly disparaged Cruz's attempt to block Senate Democrats from removing language that would defund federal health care reform from a House-passed bill to keep the government running.

His decision not to “#StandWithCruz” raised a firestorm of criticism from the Tea Party grassroots and across social media. But the furor isn’t likely to have a long-term effect on Cornyn’s political viability, experts say.

Hours after Cruz wrapped up Wednesday, Cornyn ...

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