Skip to comments.With Perry’s exit, a mad scramble of righter-than-thou Republicans
Posted on 07/09/2013 3:16:20 AM PDT by TexGrill
If there remains a centrist Republican anywhere in Texas who has gubernatorial aspirations, I regret to inform him or her: You dont stand a chance.
With Rick Perry announcing that he wont seek another term, the mad scramble is on among Attorney General Greg Abbott, former GOP chairman Tom Pauken and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to see who can win the hearts and minds of Texas Republicans. When each of these gentlemen is away from the TV cameras, I suspect he is a very reasonable, common-sense individual. I know from personal experience that David Dewhurst is. In their own hearts, all are probably centrists who want nothing to do with the extremist bent of their party.
But this being Texas, these otherwise likable men will draw lessons from the spanking Dewhurst received at the hands of Ted Cruz in last years senatorial race, and will now engage in the most shameful effort imaginable to claim the Tea Party mantle a mantle, by the way, that doesnt come close to representing the sentiments of most Texans.
They will beg and plead for the far rights support, as if nothing else matters. They will hear themselves say things they absolutely do not believe. But thats because they will gladly relinquish whats left of their souls for the chance to sit in the governors mansion.
(Excerpt) Read more at dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com ...
... a contradiction in terms. "But this being" the Dallas Morning News, it is to be expected.
I suppose the author would prefer the candidates to move to the left to ape the simian politicians who are bankrupting California.
The reality is that Texas is one of the best managed states in the country, perhaps in the world, and leftist politicians would do well to emulate the Texas model.
The time may be coming, and coming soon, when every conservative in America will move to Texas, one of the last bastions on Planet Earth of true conservatism.
Is there any room for all of us?
If Greg Abbott runs, he will definitely get my vote. But I sure hope someone will come forth who can fill his shoes as AG.
The author should move to Detroit. Everyone is “sensible” there.
Looks like there’s a rush to support Abbott. But does anyone think about some of his negative traits? Shouldn’t we get suspicious when a political candidate has such a large campaign war chest? Those fat checks don’t come without promises of future sweetheart deals when the candidate gets elected. You can’t say Abbott is Mr. Clean and not beholden to his big money donors. Didn’t Obama say the same thing in 2008? Greg “Hope and Change” Abbott for Governor of Texas.
Dewhurst is scum.
After seeing repeatedly all the slime Dewhurst hurled at Cruz, I could never ever vote for him.
Its not a rush to support him so much as Abbott having a long track record of no major bad policy decisions.
Are you sure about that? Right now I got some time to do a little bit of Google searching. I’m somewhat adept at the skill of Googling for negative traits on a politician. After a 1-minute search, I already discovered this link:
Ted Cruz for Governor!
Apparently Rove operatives do work for Abbott. Have you ever heard of Olsen & Shuvalov?
That explains why Abbott has to fundraise so much cash. Rove campaign consultants demand high fees for their services.
Shuvalov to Buffalo?
Don’t count on Abbott to punish is high-rolling donors or to investigate them even if it puts finding a cure for cancer at risk:
Both epluribusmedia.org and publicintegrity.org are left-wing websites. I’d take a lot of what they say with a grain of salt.
“Is there any room for all of us?”
Yes, if some of us move to around Alpine/Marfa, or Bridgeport or maybe Monahans
Fanned by the Texas media, the CPRIT scandal rocked the Texas biotech and life sciences sectors and outraged Texan taxpayers. But Governor Rick Perry’s signing of the new SB 149 CPRIT reform bill last week barely made any waves in the news.
There aren’t many Senate bills that I can easily remember by number. In fact, for all of the controversy and political wrangling associated with Obamacare, I can’t even remember the U.S. House and Senate bills for the Affordable Care Act. However, for some odd reason, SB 149 — the Texas State Senate bill authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound to significantly reform the way CPRIT does business in Texas, seems to have stuck in my mind. Last Wednesday, a few headlines hit the news wire reading, “Governor Rick Perry Signs SB 149,” and I knew right away that, in large part, the CPRIT scandal had finally come to a close.
What I found particularly interesting, however, is how, in spite of a really nasty, disillusioning scandal like CPIRT having a largely happy ending for Texas taxpayers — the reformers got everything they wanted, from considerably more transparency to radical changes to avoid conflicts of interest — the Texas media largely downplayed Governor Perry’s signing of the bill. In this way, a scandal that started with an indignant outcry from the media and Texas residents ended as a footnote.
The palpable decline in coverage and attention to the CPRIT matter didn’t begin at the end, however: even the big news of the Texas Senate Unanimously Approving The Reconciled CPRIT Reform Bill, which BioNews Texas reported on back in late May, didn’t make waves in the media, in spite of the fact that the reconciled version of SB 149 included some radical changes to the cancer research funding agency, including the dissolution of the CPRIT Oversight Committee, a move that was insisted upon by the Texas House version of the bill. The House bill also ushered in another major organization change — a significant reduction in the power and influence of CPRIT’s Executive Director, instead seeking to replace that position with a governing panel.
Dewhurst hurt his rep with the run against Cruz. Abbott has stood stronger for conservative causes as AG, whereas Dewhurst is more of a go-along with Strauss (House speaker) who is not a conservative.
“Is there any room for all of us?”
Sigh... Well, being that around 90% of Texas residents live within 100 miles of I-35, there’s plenty of room out in The Big Empty, the Pan Handle, far west Texas, the Trans Pecos and the Big Bend. And, not to neglect east texas, there’s the Big Thicket area over there. However, the I-35 corroridor is filling up fast. We can’t build highways fast enough to accommodate the growth going on, especially in the DFW, Houston, Austin areas. But, if you “promise” that you are really for sure a Republican I suppose you can come on down. Just make sure that the first words out of your mouth isn’t “this is the way we do it back in Michigan”, ok?