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Texas voters stick a fork in Ann Richards and her liberal pals
San Antonio Express News | 11/7/2002 | Roddy Stinson

Posted on 11/07/2002 10:24:39 AM PST by The South Texan

Roddy Stinson: Texas voters stick a fork in Ann Richards and her liberal pals

Web Posted : 11/07/2002 12:00 AM

"You can stick a fork in George Bush because he's done." — Ann Richards, speaking at a Houston rally for Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton on Oct. 28, 1992 "Stick a fork in Ann Richards and her liberal sidekicks because they are cooked." — The Texas electorate, sending a message to the Texas Democratic Party on Nov. 5, 2002

As late as 6:45 Tuesday night, Richards, a former one-term Texas governor, was telling CNN's Larry King:

"We are going to have an unprecedented turnout in Texas. ... Tony Sanchez could win. But it's harder for him than it is, say, for Ron Kirk or John Sharp, who I think will be the lieutenant governor. And Kirk Watson, who's a smart young man, the mayor of Austin, will become the attorney general."

Actually, Watson — the supereminent darling of Democratic liberals — hasn't been mayor of Austin since the fall of 2001 when he resigned his mayoral post to run for attorney general.

But that minor Richards goof pales when compared to her bold — and remarkably incorrect — last-minute prediction of a virtual sweep of the state's major elected offices by Texas Democrats.

The proof of her predictive blunder is in the numbers.

As this is edited early Wednesday evening ...

U.S. Senator

John Cornyn, 55%; Ron Kirk 43%

Governor

Rick Perry, 58%; Tony Sanchez, 40%

Lt. Governor

David Dewhurst, 52%; John Sharp, 46%

Attorney General

Greg Abbott, 57%; Kirk Watson, 41%

The magnitude of the Democratic defeat approaches breathtaking.

In 1998, in the lieutenant governor's race, Sharp, the Texas Democratic Party's brightest star, was defeated by Perry, a popular, two-term agriculture commissioner, by only 2 percentage points.

Four years later, Sharp — the Democrats' most electable candidate and the favorite politico of Texas pundits — lost by 6 percentage points to Dewhurst, a little-known and not particularly popular land commissioner, who had one campaign theme: "John Sharp is an out-of-step, tax-and-spend LIBERAL."

True or not, the "liberal" tag stuck, and that was sufficient reason for voters to knock out the Democrats' best candidate.

But Sharp's fall was a soft landing compared to the crash of Kirk Watson, the only unabashed liberal in a top position on the Democratic ticket.

Last February, Texas Monthly pundit Paul Burka predicted that during the 2002 campaign Greg Abbott would describe Watson with "just four words: liberal Austin trial lawyer" ... and Watson would counter "by trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear by asking, 'Who do you want fighting for you?'"

Texas voters provided a resounding answer to that question on Tuesday when they buried liberal Watson under a landslide of Abbott votes.

Which leads to an obvious conclusion:

Ann Richards must not have cleaned her crystal ball before palavering with Larry King Tuesday night.

Not that her way-wrong predictions will bother King or CNN's slanted-news managers.

As long as Richards is ambulatory and ready, willing and eager to put a damper on Bush Republicans, she will find a place in the lights, cameras and interview chairs of TV network big shots.

In response, Texas voters will just continue to do what they do best: watch quietly, listen politely, smile knowingly and flock to the polls to baste Miz Ann and her political pals.

To contact Roddy Stinson, call (210) 250-3155 or e-mail rstinson@express-news.net. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: annrichards; democrats; elections; liberals; oldbag; republicans; texas
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Excellent Aricle!
1 posted on 11/07/2002 10:24:40 AM PST by The South Texan
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To: The South Texan
Poor Ann.........she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.
2 posted on 11/07/2002 10:27:44 AM PST by shadeaud
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To: The South Texan
Yet another demonstration of why Fox News Channel ratings are way, way up and CNN is sliding into the gutter of irrelevancy.
3 posted on 11/07/2002 10:28:00 AM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: The South Texan
This complete wipeout of the Democrats happened IN SPITE OF the 20 minute ass kissing Valentine 60 Minutes did for the Texas Democratic candidates the Sunday night before the election.
4 posted on 11/07/2002 10:28:34 AM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: The South Texan
Bump! Don't you just miss old Annie? :)


5 posted on 11/07/2002 10:30:23 AM PST by xJones
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To: The South Texan
How old is that bat now, 100?? She's so old she used to babysit LBJ. And when's her next scheduled face-ironing session?
6 posted on 11/07/2002 10:30:58 AM PST by zingzang
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To: The South Texan
I believe the reason the DemoRATS and their media pals are so shocked is that Republican voters don't whine and cry.

We just bide our time and then speak out LOUDLY at the voting booth. They didn't see it coming.

7 posted on 11/07/2002 10:31:26 AM PST by CFW
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To: xJones
There must be a LOT of women Dems in Texas, because I can't imagine any red-blooded Texas male voting for THAT!
8 posted on 11/07/2002 10:35:32 AM PST by BSunday
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To: BSunday
The only reason that this hag got elected in the first place is that her opponent, Clayton Williams in 1990 opened his mouth about having tax problems and something about if rape is inevitable, sit back and enjoy it.
9 posted on 11/07/2002 10:45:36 AM PST by The South Texan
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To: The South Texan
Today's Houston Chronicle editorial, admitting the obvious...

LONE PARTY STATE?

In Texas, Republicans hold all the trump cards

All that can be said about Republican dominance in Washington can be said and doubled concerning Austin. The GOP holds every statewide office, controls every branch of government and, by way of explanation, commands a sizable majority among Texans willing to bestir themselves enough to go to the polls.

For the first time in 130 years, Republicans control both the Texas Senate, 19-12, and the House, winning at least 83 seats in the 150-member lower chamber. Democratic Rep. Pete Laney has a chance to be re-elected House speaker in January, but insiders are starting to bet on Republican Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland.

Lt. Gov.-elect David Dewhurst, who has no experience in the Legislature but could wield more influence there than the governor, will preside over the Senate.

Gov. Rick Perry, in claiming victory for himself and other Republican officeholders, said that now the real work must begin. He pledged that his administration would promote business and jobs, control state spending and home insurance rates, improve education and reduce the dropout rate. The Texas Legislature has a long tradition of working in bipartisan fashion to reward well-funded interests. Fulfilling Perry's agenda will require unusual energy and cooperation aimed at advancing the general welfare. Should they do so, legislators can expect little but gratitude, and probably not even that.

Many legislators, particularly the rookies, made this job more difficult by promising the voters reduced taxes and increased spending for schools, highways, flood control, health services and whatever else they were clamoring for. Now legislators must disabuse their constituents of these fantasies and acquaint them with the unbendable rules of arithmetic.

10 posted on 11/07/2002 10:50:59 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: CFW

11 posted on 11/07/2002 10:52:34 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: The South Texan
Excellent post!

The perfect tag for Watson and others of his ilk is
"Too liberal for Texas!"

Note that, of Denton County voters, a remarkable 77% voted straight GOP!

12 posted on 11/07/2002 10:56:47 AM PST by Redbob
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To: xJones
Puhleeze! Don't post pictures of her without advance warning!

I was eating my lunch!
13 posted on 11/07/2002 10:58:14 AM PST by Redbob
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To: xJones
Yeah, I'll bet she loves that Milwaukee vibrator!
14 posted on 11/07/2002 11:01:05 AM PST by rockfish59
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To: zingzang
Takes a lot to get them wrinkles out!


15 posted on 11/07/2002 11:07:25 AM PST by rockfish59
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To: The South Texan
Excellent Aricle!

Yes!

16 posted on 11/07/2002 11:13:07 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: The South Texan
Here's a thought for you:
If this state is so Republican, how come we have so many 'Rat Congressmen?

With the GOP now controlling the state legislature, do we get to take a second look at re-districting?
17 posted on 11/07/2002 11:16:25 AM PST by Redbob
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To: The South Texan
As late as 6:45 Tuesday night, Richards, a former one-term Texas governor, was telling CNN's Larry King:

If CNN wants to know why Fox is beating them in the ratings, here's one reason -- has-been guests like Ann Richards!

18 posted on 11/07/2002 11:31:55 AM PST by NYCVirago
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To: NYCVirago
I hear she spends more time in New York than Texas now working for some law firm. Our gift to you New Yorkers.
19 posted on 11/07/2002 11:43:51 AM PST by The South Texan
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To: shadeaud
" Poor Ann ..... she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth."

And, she has since traded the spoon in for a flesh-colored d*#do that reeks of alcohol! Dont go away mad Ann, just go away. Be happy that you are still and will forever be Queen of the Austin Lesbians who now number in the tens of thousands.

20 posted on 11/07/2002 11:58:06 AM PST by MAWG
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To: The South Texan
Poor New York! You give them Ann Richards, Arkansas passed over the trash couple. Sheesh, what did New Yorkers ever do to deserve this? Oh yeah, they gave the rest of us Babs!

TC

21 posted on 11/07/2002 12:54:22 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: 3AngelaD
Yet another demonstration of why Fox News Channel ratings are way, way up and CNN is sliding into the gutter of irrelevancy.

I can only think that the liberals at CNN wanted some company election night. I see no reason to have Ann Richards on Larry King. Maybe because George W Bush (and also wife Laura) were the "Why" of the big Tuesday victory, maybe they figured to get back at the Bush family by having Ann on the show (to spite the Bush family).

22 posted on 11/07/2002 12:56:45 PM PST by topher
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To: The South Texan
This is exactly why Ann Richards won. I don't think Clayton Williams has shown his face in publice since that incident. Also, She was going to clean-up the drug problem in Texas. Those 2 things brought out the women voters in Texas for her (including this republican).
23 posted on 11/07/2002 1:11:54 PM PST by Texagirl4W
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To: rockfish59
Ann Richards . . . the first living cadaver to be elected governor of any state!! Whatta sour puss face!!
24 posted on 11/07/2002 1:14:45 PM PST by Conservinator
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To: Republic of Texas
tell more about the 60 Minutes piece - I missed it
25 posted on 11/07/2002 1:20:01 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: shadeaud
hmmm I'd see that as a silver foot in her mouth instead of a spoon ;)

Semper Fi
26 posted on 11/07/2002 1:30:15 PM PST by Leatherneck_MT
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To: The South Texan
Excellent Aricle!

Amen!

GOP also increased its power in the State Senate and took over the State Legislative.

So the GOP controls all three now.

The Democrats always counted on the conservatives to split their vote (while they voted straight Democrat).

After 8 years of Clinton, Florida, New Jersey, etc, etc, no more 'split voting' vote straight GOP just like their base does for their Party.

27 posted on 11/07/2002 1:31:56 PM PST by fortheDeclaration
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To: zingzang

How old is that bat now, 100?? She's so old she used to babysit LBJ. And when's her next scheduled face-ironing session?

Beautiful! That's the best description of her I've ever heard and certainly the most accurate.

28 posted on 11/07/2002 1:33:32 PM PST by seanc623
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To: Dog Gone
Many legislators, particularly the rookies, made this job more difficult by promising the voters reduced taxes and increased spending for schools, highways, flood control, health services and whatever else they were clamoring for. Now legislators must disabuse their constituents of these fantasies and acquaint them with the unbendable rules of arithmetic.

And the Democrats say something different?

Now that the GOP is in power, that is the media shrill, "they have to deliver'!

As if the Democrats ever 'delivered' anything but higher taxes and more Gov't!

29 posted on 11/07/2002 1:35:07 PM PST by fortheDeclaration
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To: MAWG

And, she has since traded the spoon in for a flesh-colored d*#do that reeks of alcohol! Dont go away mad Ann, just go away. Be happy that you are still and will forever be Queen of the Austin Lesbians who now number in the tens of thousands.

Fantastic! See above picture- Dike On A Bike!

30 posted on 11/07/2002 1:38:24 PM PST by seanc623
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To: Texagirl4W
I hope you never make the mistake of voting for a Democrat again!

She denied approving 'right to carry' law and said she would never approve it.

It would lead to everyone shooting each other.

We have had no abuses of that 'right to carry' and no more 'Luby' massacres.

Never vote for a Democrat!

31 posted on 11/07/2002 1:39:07 PM PST by fortheDeclaration
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To: fortheDeclaration
Many legislators, particularly the rookies, made this job more difficult by promising the voters reduced taxes and increased spending for schools, highways, flood control, health services and whatever else they were clamoring for. Now legislators must disabuse their constituents of these fantasies and acquaint them with the unbendable rules of arithmetic.

This shows the writers complete lack of knowledge of economics. All these promises can be fulfilled if the promises of Jobs and business growth come about. Creating a positive business environment increases revenue and decreases government cost, leaving monies for projects like those promised.

It is quite simple, when your not biased.

32 posted on 11/07/2002 1:49:20 PM PST by CyberCowboy777
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To: Redbob
With the GOP now controlling the state legislature, do we get to take a second look at re-districting?

Yes. The previous Leg failed to pass a Congressional redistricting bill. The current boundaries were drawn up by a judge as an interim measure. The current Leg can draw up new boundaries, and should. If they get no traction in the normal session, Gov. Perry should call a special session just for that.

33 posted on 11/07/2002 1:51:50 PM PST by No Truce With Kings
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To: The South Texan
The only reason that this hag got elected in the first place is that her opponent, Clayton Williams in 1990 opened his mouth about having tax problems and something about if rape is inevitable, sit back and enjoy it.

Yup, which gave rise to the following Aggie joke:

How many Aggies does it take to make a woman governor of Texas?

Just one.

Of course, you can see it takes a lot more Texans to make an Aggie the governor of Texas . . .

34 posted on 11/07/2002 1:54:59 PM PST by No Truce With Kings
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To: xJones
Is she sporting a tongue ring?????
35 posted on 11/07/2002 1:55:26 PM PST by johnb838
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To: CyberCowboy777
This shows the writers complete lack of knowledge of economics. All these promises can be fulfilled if the promises of Jobs and business growth come about. Creating a positive business environment increases revenue and decreases government cost, leaving monies for projects like those promised. It is quite simple, when your not biased.

Yes, you are correct, it is called the (gasp!) free enterprise system!

36 posted on 11/07/2002 1:58:23 PM PST by fortheDeclaration
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To: Texagirl4W
Since his defeat in '92 Claytie has only transformed ClayDesta into The Williams Companies, taken over Transco (and the Transco Tower) and gotten richer than ever.
37 posted on 11/07/2002 1:59:33 PM PST by johnb838
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To: The South Texan
"Rape is like the weather...you can't do anything about it, so you might as well lay back and enjoy it."

What a maroooon (yes...a fellow aggie). He also refused to shake Ann's hand. Something that doesn't go over real big here in Texas.

38 posted on 11/07/2002 2:15:25 PM PST by NELSON111
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To: The South Texan
Clayton Williams was on a hunting trip when it was raining and he mentioned the rain was like being raped and if it's inevitable, you might as well enjoy it.

When the Carry law was being discussed, it was Richards who refused her support of rape victims by declaring she would never sign a Concealed Carry law. When Bush ran against her, all he campaigned on was, if the people wanted it by referendum, he would sign the Bill. He never endorsed it and the referendum passed.

The anti-gun dems tried again to make the Concealed Carry Law an issue during Bush's presidential race and all Bush said was, like the death penalty, Texans supported it.
39 posted on 11/07/2002 2:35:20 PM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: The South Texan
Looks like poor Annie and her TX Rats tripped over Dubya's long coat tails. :)
40 posted on 11/07/2002 2:47:39 PM PST by anymouse
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To: seanc623
I don't know how old she is, but she puts her socks and bra on with one motion.
41 posted on 11/07/2002 2:56:18 PM PST by csmusaret
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To: The South Texan
I lived in Texas several years ago when she ran for another office (can't remember what but before she was governor). The commerical she ran over and over again said only one thing ... "vote for me because I stand for what Texas is all about". Empty headed dufus. Is that how you spell dufus?
42 posted on 11/07/2002 3:03:17 PM PST by tang-soo
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To: The South Texan
If she ever got a facelift, she'd have an instant beard.
43 posted on 11/07/2002 3:11:40 PM PST by strela
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To: The South Texan

"Top of the World, Ma (Richards)!"

Regards, Ivan
44 posted on 11/07/2002 3:14:11 PM PST by MadIvan
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To: Redbob
>>With the GOP now controlling the state legislature, do we get to take a second look at re-districting?

That's a good question. I've seen commentary that it's a possibility here in GA, where we are likely to have a Republican State Senate tomorrow after a few State Senators do the party switcharoo.
45 posted on 11/07/2002 3:18:18 PM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: No Truce With Kings
Any talk of rescinding the Robin Hood law? I'm tired of paying humongous school taxes, part of which are going to other districts that may be "poor" because of poor management or fraud. (My 2002 school tax is more than $2200--THAT'S NEARLY $200 A MONTH!!!!)
46 posted on 11/07/2002 3:34:08 PM PST by DallasDeb
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To: Redbob
It looks like all the pieces(house 88-62,senate 19-12,Gov.,Lt.Gov, and AG) are in place for redistricting. It is ridiculous to have the Rats up 17-15 in House seats with a 55-60% statewide Republican voting trend. It just shows you how gerrymandered it was. Hopefully, we'll gain 4-6 congressional seats in 2004.
47 posted on 11/07/2002 3:42:38 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: csmusaret
That's good! Thanks I think.
48 posted on 11/07/2002 3:51:23 PM PST by MAWG
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To: DallasDeb
Hey Dallas I'm in Houston and just got mine : $3,042.00. Sucks dont it?
49 posted on 11/07/2002 3:54:20 PM PST by MAWG
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To: The South Texan
Looks like we need to get 2 more Carville(trash)Cans for the 2 Texas pampas arses, Ann Richard's/Molly Ivans. Make sure they're big enough to fit their mouths.
50 posted on 11/07/2002 4:11:04 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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