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November 06, 2013 2:38 PM Sad News From Texas

By Ed Kilgore

I initially missed this in all the post-election talk, but my wife alerted me to it via National Review’s Betsy Woodruff: threes some sad news from the Lone Star State for those who enjoy wild GOP primaries and looked forward to either the humiliation or temporary apotheosis of one of America’s most important Christian Right agitators:

Controversial Evangelical author David Barton just announced that he won’t challenge Senator John Cornyn in the 2014 Texas Senate primary. On Glenn Beck’s radio show this morning, he told Beck’s listeners that, though the primary is “winnable,” the timing isn’t right for him.
“What can I do to talk you into this?” asked Beck, disappointed.

Yeah, I’m disappointed too, Glenn. But wait: is there another famous Texan wingnut who might rise to the occasion?

“Has Louie ruled it out?” Beck asked, hoping Representative Louie Gohmert would challenge the senator. The Texas congressman did reject the idea in July, and it’s ultimately unlikely Cornyn will get a competitive primary challenger.

Oh well. We’ll have to be satisfied with wild GOP Senate primaries in GA, TN and SC, I guess.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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