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.