Rick Perry vs World
27 May 2014
Not the best trait in a politician
I'm not sure if it's worse that Dewhurst believes his own false spin or that he keeps it up after the election is over.
He said the same thing in 2012 after losing. Very strange.
26 May 2014
David Dewhurst and his allies sink to new lows
Is there anything that David Dewhurst and his allies won't say to tear down a rival? Are there any depths of deception they won't plumb?
Yesterday a blogger -- who has taken up the cause of the country club wing of the party -- posted a disgusting attack piece on Dan Patrick. Apparently Dan Patrick has gotten angry a few times in the past years over stuff in the legislature. Truly shocking, isn't it?
Don't most people get angry every now and then over the goings-on in Austin? Some doctor with no relationship to Patrick attempting to tie that to something 30 years ago is gutter politics at its worst.
I'm no fan of Dan Patrick, as I think everyone who has visited this blog over the past few months can attest. But it is appalling to have doctors making insidious insinuations based on diagnoses-from-afar over private health records from 30 years ago.
21 May 2014
Why most politicians should not do their own tweeting
This is not exactly senatorial:
John Cornyn should probably refrain from gloating. He got under 60% against a field of folks no one had ever heard of and Steve Stockman, whose campaign was so listless that some termed it "performance art" rather than a campaign. He spent something like $10 million, not counting the millions more in outside spending that attacked Stockman.
Katrina Pierson lost big to Pete Sessions. On the other hand, Sessions arguably has a more conservative record than Cornyn while representing a district far less conservative than Texas as a whole.
Definitely smarter to let this one go if you're John Cornyn.
16 May 2014
Desperate times apparently call for even more desperate measures
It is interesting to me that several senators have issued a press release commenting on attacks on Dan Patrick.
Most of us have known about this for a long time. If you wanted to bring it up, then you needed to do so before the primary. Now that Dewhurst is going crazy with falsehoods, it's too late.
15 May 2014
Navarette on Van de Putte
Leticia Van de Putte is a career politician who has been in the Texas Legislature since 1990. And she still needs help from Eva Longoria to inform Latinos that she's one of them? Among other things, she has sided with teachers unions who oppose education reform over Latino parents who support it. Who has she been working for all this time? Not Latinos. Or they'd know who she is.
Who is Leticia Van de Putte? Vouched for by Eva Longoria and Howard Dean. Funded by a Latino PAC. Profiled by CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Unveiled, with great fanfare, to people she is already supposed to represent.
I'll play along. Hola, Leticia. Nice to meet you.
Wait, you mean the woman who chaired Barack Obama's DNC convention isn't the new chosen one to turn Texas blue? Shocker!
14 May 2014
David Dewhurst does not deserve re-election
Does David Dewhurst think so little of Texas Republicans that he won't try telling us the truth? Did he learn anything from his last loss?
If you'd have asked me six months ago who I would support in a hypothetical Patrick v Dewhurst runoff, I would have said Dewhurst. But Dewhurst continues to reach such new depths of pathetic that I can no longer say that.
Stop lying about your opponent. Dannie Goeb didn't become Dan Patrick "to cover [his] past, to cover his bankruptcy" as one Dewhurst ad claims. Goeb started using the name Dan Patrick years before his bankruptcy. Does Dewhurst think Republican primary voters are too dumb to realize this?
Stop concealing your record. You'd think Dewhurst was the second coming of Ronald Reagan based on his campaign claims. He's not. The Dew is the guy who ignored the grassroots for a decade while telling everyone in Austin how moderate he was. Even if only marginally so, his record is clearly and undebatably to the left of Patrick.
Stop hawking the same dumb tactic. Dewhurst trashed Ted Cruz with falsehoods at RealTedCruz.com. It bombed. Now he's doing the same thing with RealDanPatrick.com. Is Dewhurst trying to remind Texas Republicans of his nasty, dishonest and scurrilous attacks on Cruz?
Why can't Dewhurst actually run on issues? Over almost two decades now, we've never really seen a Dewhurst campaign for office that offered much more than pablum.
I have issues with Dan Patrick. But I can't brook Dewhurst's dishonesty.
05 May 2014
Perry and Dewhurst: signs of the times
Rick Perry went all out against Ted Cruz for David Dewhurst in 2012 when Dewhurst was seeking higher office.
A mere two years later, Perry hasn't even endorsed Dewhurst for re-election.
09 April 2014
Lou or Jeb?
Lou Dobbs talking to 60 Minutes about leading the fight against illegal immigration a few years ago:
I have worked with migrant workers in the fields. I'm probably one of the few people in the debate who actually has. I've got the greatest respect for those folks. Hard-working, decent, and back-breaking work.
The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their families -- the dad who loved their children -- was worried that their children didn't have food on the table. And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn't rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.
03 April 2014
Get that man a blog
From Skip Hollandsworth's May 94 Texas Monthly article:
Bush's friends and supporters, however, portray him as an articulate, quick-witted leader, a far better debater than his father, and surprisingly, a savvier politician. Nor is he timid about matching his personality against that of the legendary wisecracking Richards. "Don't underestimate this guy," says Fred McClure, a former senior legislative aide to President Bush in Washington and now a Dallas financier and neighbor of the younger Bush. "He's no doubt the biggest political animal in the family—and clearly more competitive than his father."
Pretty epic call by Fred McClure.
14 March 2014
Dan Branch is out of touch with the electorate
More from Mark Davis DMN column on runoffs:
But I fear the spectacle that may unfold among these praiseworthy Republicans as the May 27 runoff draws near. When generally similar candidates square off, the modern habit is to find ancillary matters to amplify and stigmatize in the hope that voters will be sufficiently repelled by an opponent.
On paper, we seem to be headed toward the anointing of Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Their roughly dozen-point advantages take on additional steepness in view of voters' tendency to return more reliably in runoffs for grassroots-flavored candidates occupying ground a shade or more to the right.
But as Branch berates Paxton as a mediocre back-bencher (as he did in our [radio] interview last week) and Paxton paints Branch as insufficiently pro-life because of third-trimester abortion exception language from 2005, something significant is missing: What kind of attorney general would these men be? I guess ads making fine distinctions on those issues might not sizzle as much among an already primary-weary electorate. [emphasis mine]
How out of touch with the electorate is Dan Branch to make that kind of argument?
1. Dan Branch criticizing Ken Paxton as a backbencher just reinforces the notion of Dan Branch as the Austin establishment insider. That's an electoral loser. Your median primary voter is concerned with voting record and issues, not how well you played the inside game.
2. And it's not like Branch played the inside game in a way that will win him a Republican primary. As chairman of the higher education committee, Branch largely sided with the establishment instead of the conservative reformers. While I'm skeptical of blindly implementing Jeff Sandefer's ideas -- personal experience suggests that Sandefer is terribly misguided when it comes to higher education -- Branch just went along with the crowd.
3. In fact, Dan Branch is the perfect example of what I wrote in my primary winners and losers post:
it is quite clear that if you ever want to move up in Texas politics, then you should stay far away from Joe Straus.
Dan Branch joined the Democrats in supporting Joe Straus for speaker. Straus gave him committee chairmanships. Branch then raised lots of money. If I recall correctly, Branch even spent more on TV ads than anyone else in 2014.
But all those millions couldn't counteract one fact: being on Team Straus cost Dan Branch his chance of winning statewide.
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