31 October 2008
How much do you think national Democrats are wishing they'd found a decent candidate to run against John Cornyn?
I think they're wishing quite a bit. I'll catch some flak for this, but Cornyn has not run a splendid campaign. It hasn't been bad -- aside from that Big Bad John video, ugh -- but it's been a run-out-the-clock type of campaign, in the I-don't-quite-have-a-real-opponent vein.
They wouldn't have had to beat Cornyn, just force the GOP to spend money in Texas, which might increase their chances at Georgia, which is likely to be the deciding factor on whether Democrats get 60 votes.
If you're interested, my current projections have Democrats at 58.5 votes in the Senate. I did a quick and dirty write-up. The short of it is that it's definitely not impossible that Democrats will pull 60 votes in the Senate.
Anybody who isn't a hardcore Democratic partisan should shudder at that thought. Just look how well Republicans did, and just look how fast House Democrats deteriorated in this Congress.
29 October 2008
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The Chron does local reporting!
Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have begun holding serious discussions that could lead to a merger of the state's top private university and one of the country's best medical schools.
A merger would bring Rice the reputational enhancement it has long desired and Baylor the security of a university affiliation, which is often necessary to keep medical schools afloat financially. Baylor is one of only nine stand-alone medical schools in the United States.
The second coming
For those of you who enjoyed this little corner of commentary on Texas politics, I am planning on an imminent return for the blog.