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Oh great, Kay Bailey Hutchison isn't retiring

“For family reasons, I had planned to begin making a transition home to Texas this spring. But it is clear to me that the stakes in our nation’s capital have never been higher. President Obama’s victory on health-care legislation has emboldened those who want an even bigger and more intrusive federal government.” --Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.)

I know I urged her to do this, but as far as breaking a promise goes, this was pretty lame. Why can't pols just say, "I really don't want to spend more time with my family" or "I changed my mind" or "Look, I need the job" and leave it at that?

Nevertheless, it's good Hutchison is sticking around. Had she left she would have given Gov. Rick Perry, the guy who trounced her in the Republican gubernatorial primary, the opportunity to pick her replacement. It also would have meant that 26.6 percent of the American people would have been represented in the Senate by people they didn't actually vote for.

But I was mugged of my you-go-girl euphoria when she said, "I will work alongside our great Texas congressional delegation to repeal and replace President Obama’s massive health bill, to stop cap-and-trade legislation and to cut the deficit the president is building that is putting our economy in peril.” Looks like the "Party of No" has retained a foot soldier.

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 2, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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None of this is especially revelatory. The only constituency that particularly matters to the senators from Texas is what those of us unfortunate enough to live here refer to as "big awl"--i.e, Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, etc. Not surprisingly, this constituency is not terribly fond of cap and trade.

Given that Ms. Hutchinson just got her backside handed to her in the primaries by the faux-secessionist and general panderer-to-morons Rick Perry, you can pretty well bet that she's going to toe the GOP's divorced from reality party line-- and maintain with a straight face that a health care bill that could've (and largely was) written by Republicans is somehow a harbinger of socialist doom.

I would love to not be represented by the likes of Hutchinson and the equally odious John Cornyn, but until the day I can afford to "vote with my feet", that's not likely to happen.

Posted by: earthwirehead | April 3, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

As my state's Senator, I can assure people that I'm totally unaware of any contributions made by her during her time in Washington. She seems to be in the same category as former North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole, who spent no time in NC, and was a creature of the Hill. With her partner in crime John Cornyn, she helps make the world safe for lobbyists.

Posted by: Puller58 | April 3, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Perry would have picked another John Cornyn or some like those he appointed to the School Book Committee who want to change already twisted American History and make it worse.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | April 3, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

We continue to hear "repeal and replace " without details.

OK KBH, what are the details of "repeal and replace "??

Posted by: knjincvc | April 3, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Capehart could also take the more positive approach that Hutchison's decision to remain in the Senate means that the 60%+ of the American public that disagrees that this health care legislation is good for the country will have a needed and effective voice.
They will have another advocate for replacing the most damaging provisions with sensible approaches that won't increase premiums, health care costs, and unfunded mandates to states while killing jobs and increasing spending, deficits, and debt at the national, state, and local levels.
Doesn't Capehart want good GOP moderates in the Senate?

Posted by: parkbench | April 3, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for pointing out to everyone here in Texass that the rest of country is laughing at us for the idiots we have in office. The State Board of Education Chair contends the earth is only 10,000 years old. Perry won't join the other American governors to improve education because he doesn't want us compared to the other states education levels. KBH is just another in the mold of 'W', Perry and the rest.

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | April 3, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

If a person holds an elected office in the US congress and decides to run for another office they should have to resign their current seat.

Term limits. Term limits. Term limits.

David C

Posted by: txn1836 | April 3, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

As one of Ms. Hutchinsons constituents, I had looked forward to her retirement. She has been ineffective in representing Texas, and it appears that she's even more adamant in being useless in representing the state.

Twenty-five percent of TX residents have no health insurance. Our educational system is a laughingstock, and recently has taken to rewriting history and textbooks that will not only be used to dumb-down TX students , but students all over the US. The TX educational system is becoming nothing but an indoctrination in conservatism. TX could capitalize on clean energy prospects, but not with Hutch in office.

Yeah, I for one am extremely disappointed that Ms. Hutchinson is reneging on her promise of retirement.

Posted by: JilliB | April 3, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

"Repeal and replace" is just a slogan. The GOP and Frank Muntz LOVE slogans. Details, they don't love, and therefore they don't give.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 4, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Kay lost her best chance when she did not run with McCain in 08. Now as the revolution eats its own, she comes up short. Again and again.

Best for her to go home and live the good life.

Posted by: gary4books | April 4, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Kay lost her best chance when she did not run with McCain in 08. Now as the revolution eats its own, she comes up short. Again and again.

Best for her to go home and live the good life.

Posted by: gary4books | April 4, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing, I don't recall Mr. Capehart expressing any concern when Obamacare passed in December with the votes of at least 5 senators (Gillebrand-NY; Kaufman-DE; Bennet-CO; Burris-IL; and Kirk-MA)who had not been elected by the voters.

Posted by: JAT5 | April 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

She's a Republican who votes against the Corrupt Anti-American Economy-Destroying Progressive/Democrat Political Party.

What's not to like?

Thank you, Senator Hutchison for your service to our state and nation.

Texans - indeed, if your are really Texans on here - straighten up. What do you care what anyone on the planet thinks? You must be having an off day...

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 5, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

*SQUAWK* NO DETAILS NO DETAIL *SQUAWK*

Parroting the talking points. Remember a couple months ago?

*SQUAWK* WEATHER NOT CLIMATE WEATHER NOT CLIMATE *SQUAWK*

Or:

*SQUAWK* PARTY OF NO PARTY NO NO SOLUTION *SQUAWK* NO IDEAS

It's useless arguing with you lot. We present a different approach, but then you turn around and say we didn't. We offer compromise, and then call us obstructionists when we are locked out the health care meeting. We calmly point out the serious flaws in your legislation and ideas and then you start poo'ing your pants. Any wonder there is anger on the right? When you deal with such utter dishonesty, sometimes the only solution is to raise your voice.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | April 5, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

AFter the anti Delmocratic Socialist tsunami in November she will be just one more vote to reapeal all of the socialist crap Obama has crammed down our throats. AT leat Obama made the Democrats come out of the closet as socialists so we can defeat a tone of them. Hard working Americans cannot wait for the polls to open in November.

Posted by: cdorbg | April 5, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Its how a spin doctor eats crow.

Posted by: trident420 | April 5, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

@shecallsmemoe:
"It's useless arguing with you lot."
Pot meet kettle.

"We present a different approach, but then you turn around and say we didn't."
What different approach? And why wasn't it offered when the GOP controlled the House AND Senate?

"We offer compromise, and then call us obstructionists when we are locked out the health care meeting."
Compromise? You mean Grassley's faux negotiations when given a 50/50 vote in the committee that the GOP didn't deserve?

"We calmly point out the serious flaws in your legislation and ideas"
Calmly? Calmly? I give you 'Death Panels', 'pull the plug on Grandma', 'this is Armaggedon', or my favorite from Boehner 'Hes a dead man. He can't go home." oh yeah, that's calm talk there.

"When you deal with such utter dishonesty, sometimes the only solution is to raise your voice."
Or the solution of just ignoring the screamers and getting Healthcare done. Is it perfect? nope. But it can be improved. As opposed to the GOP who after losing the debate (by screaming and fear mongering) then want to 'start over'. You had a chance to debate rationally and chose not to do that. Now deal with the results.

Posted by: rpixley220 | April 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing new here. Kay is a Washington insider. There are hundreds of lobbyists who depend on Kay to continue the gravy train going. She is a typical stand in line for appropriations republican. No different from a democrat or anyone else. The lobbyists are releived some of the Texas lobbyists might have needed work if Kay had gone home.

Posted by: HelloNewman1 | April 7, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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