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March 10, 2011

John Cornyn: You Know Who I'd Really Like To Run For The Senate? Joe Scarborough

The genius who picked Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio is back to his old tricks in the Sunshine State.

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told The Hill on Thursday that he has talked to Scarborough a couple times about a Senate bid. And he indicated he’s still working on persuading the MSNBC host to run for the upper chamber.

“I’d be delighted to talk to him a third time,” Cornyn said.

Fantastic, just what we need...to run one of the original No Labels gang. What? David Frum didn't return Cornyn's calls?

Here's Scarborough talking about his cross aisle outreach to his good friend...Maxine Waters.

Waters was considered one of the more extreme members by conservative groups. She certainly played to type in one memorable Judiciary hearing at which she suggested that all Republicans supporting a certain piece of legislation were racist.

It was too much for me to take.

After the committee broke for a floor vote, I walked over to the Los Angeles liberal’s seat and began talking to her. Waters collected her papers and started walking toward the House floor. For the next 10 minutes, we exchanged tough words that neither of us really heard, but I kept following her. By the time we got on the floor to vote, she turned to me and a smile spread across her once stern face.

“You know what, Scarborough. You’re crazy!” Waters said as she turned and walked off.

I spent the next few months seeking her out on the House floor. I would hug her during important votes after she let me know it made her nervous.

“Stop, Scarborough! You’re going to hurt my reputation back home!” she would shout in mock horror. She would return the favor during votes in which conservatives would more likely be watching.

Ten years later, when I return to the House floor, there are few members of Congress I enjoy seeing more than Maxine Waters. The fact that our friendship began in a heated exchange makes it more special.

Waters slanders Republicans in public and Joey chats her up in private. Awww...Adorable.

Seriously, I think it's important not to let politics get in the way of personal relationships. Life is too short and politics isn't a major part of a healthy and full life. That said, when you're an elected member of Congress or you want to be a leader of your party, you can't let slurs like Waters' go with a shrug and a "Oh that Maxine. What a scamp!". You have to challenge people like Waters when they slander you and your supporters like that.

It's the same with guys like Orin hosta and Ted Kennedy. It's fantastic they were such chums but it never stopped Kennedy from slandering Republicans and conservatives whenever he needed to. What good are guys like hosta and Scarborough if they don't stand up for their supporters and make people like Kennedy and Waters pay a price for slandering them? That's not personal, that's business. Democrats know that, we don't need Republicans who don't.

Scarborough for Senate? Pass.

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