Monday, November 30, 2009

Cornyn: A Few Apples Short of a Full Load

Nice headline huh? I wish I had thought of it. But no, it’s the eye catching headline featured these days on the Austin American-Statesman’ blog “Postcards From the Lege.”

“Cornyn just a few apples short.”

Well, OK, I finished their sentence for them.

It refers to coverage of a Thanksgiving story about how my junior senator, John Cornyn, found himself in a photo op session helping pack apples into 25 pound capacity crates at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

Cornyn, it seems, erred on the side of lightness and failed to load his crates with the requested minimum of 25 pounds.

After this fact was apparently pointed out to him Cornyn quipped “Good enough for government work.”

Get it?

Cornyn, works for the government? And he’s doing some work?

And doing it rather poorly at that.

But then I think John Cornyn is rather used to performing below minimum acceptable standards. Rather than vote for historical change in healthcare reform, rather than being on the side of history, Cornyn votes NO. Rather than help thousands of Texas children get back on healthcare coverage, Cornyn votes NO on SCHIP.

It’s a pity that as an army brat John Cornyn was not subjected to the same kind of work ethic that was imposed upon me by my parents. My father had a saying that he drummed into me:

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well.”

I never heard the saying “good enough for government work” until I had my first government contract, and even then I had to have it explained to me.

Cornyn, obviously had different upbringing.

Different values.

And that’s what makes him a few slices short of a full loaf.


Anonymous said...

Nothing like those photo-ops!

Marsha said...


Reminds me of when I was a kid (a looooog time ago) when we went to the butcher shop to buy a pound of ground beef and the butcher held his thumb on the scale. You have to really watch "our Senator"!