Stockman, Cornyn Race May Be Tea Party Test

Now we may have a nice, clean test case for the “big or merely loud” conversation about the insurgents in the Texas Republican Party.

If they’re big, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is in trouble.

If they are merely loud, Steve Stockman, who is giving up a chance at re-election to the U.S. House to challenge Cornyn, will lose convincingly, and the establishment can sit back and enjoy a cigar and a brandy.

Stockman is a piece of work — a quotable renegade who has been upsetting establishment types for years. He embodies what the mainline Republicans think of ...

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