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The Eyes of Texas Are On Hutchison



Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's likely entry into the 2010 Texas governor's race could lead to a wild election season in the Lonestar State. (AP Photo/CSPAN)

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R) decision to form a gubernatorial exploratory committee and seed it with $1 million from her federal account is the first in a series of dominoes expected to fall in the coming months that promises to fundamentally reshape the politics of the Lonestar State.

Although Hutchison has insisted she has not yet made up her mind about challenging Gov. Rick Perry in a Republican primary in 2010, she certainly sounded like a candidate in her statement.

"There's too much bitterness, too much anger, too little trust, too little consensus and too much infighting," said Hutchison. "And the tone comes from the top. Texans are looking for leadership and results."

The expectation of the Texas political class -- a sentiment cemented by Hutchison's formation of an exploratory committee today -- is that she is a certain gubernatorial candidate.

Assuming she runs, Hutchison would not be required to resign her Senate seat but the expectation is that she would do so -- perhaps as soon as June. And then the fun would begin.

Perry would be tasked with appointing a replacement but that appointed senator immediately would be forced into an all-party special election shortly after the seat formally was vacated by Hutchison. (A Senate special election -- rarity of rarities!)

Hutchison, herself, was elected to the Senate under just such a circumstance following the resignation of Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D) in early 1993 to take a post as Treasury Secretary in the Clinton Administration. Gov. Anne Richards (D) appointed Bob Krueger to the job and in the all-party race Krueger and Hutchison each got 29 percent of the vote. In a runoff two months later, Hutchison crushed Krueger 67 percent to 33 percent.

The 2009 special election would be similarly captivating with a slew of candidates in the mix.

On the Republican side, Reps. Kay Granger, Jeb Hensarling and Joe Barton, who ran unsuccessfully in the 1993 special, are all interested as are state officials including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott and Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams.

On the Democratic side, Houston Mayor Bill White is widely seen as the strongest candidate although former state Comptroller John Sharp, who has two losing races for lieutenant governor under his belt, is also mentioned.

Given the size of the likely field, a runoff, which would be caused if no candidate received 50 percent of the vote in the all-party primary, is likely. Democrats have had next to no success in Texas statewide races over the past decade so the Republican nominee would necessarily start out as the favorite. But, open seat races are notoriously volatile and special elections even more so.

Regardless of the outcome, the Hutchison-Perry primary coupled with the likelihood of a special election means the Fix will have the chance to spend some time in Texas over the next year. And, you know what that means: barbecue.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2008; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Chris:
Do us Texans 2 favors:
It's the Lone Star State, not the Lonestar state.
And she's Ann Richards, no "e".
Thanks.
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Regarding the impending series of elections coming up in 2 years:
It's gonna be interesting down here.
I used to take care of the Democrats in our good-sized county here in Southeast Texas for the Democratic County Chair and we found out that during law school, he dated Kay Bailey before she became Hutchinson and before he married.
We razed him mightly -- and still do.
This run ought to trigger another round of fun here in the corner of Texas. :-)
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson has been a surprisingly moderate Republican and a strong supporter of the military.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if she won the governor's chair.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | December 5, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

You can't learn anything with your mouth open!

Posted by: asclepious2 | December 5, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hay 37 th
You lost, now go f&ck yourself and the horse you road in on. Ha Ha, HA,
Maybe if Obama can get his health plan passed you can get the help you obviously need.

Posted by: popasmoke | December 5, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

37th & O,

Let me add I definitely do not hate you. I hope we are adult enough to disagree without hating each other.

Posted by: arunv49 | December 5, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

37th&O

I do not have multiple IDs.

Free Speech allows you to say what you have. That is why your posts are posted and not blocked.

I am delighted to read your views if they are on topic. However, posting the same complaints again and again on every thread irrespective of topic is in my opinion self defeating. If you assume that endless repetition wins an argument you are mistaken.

However, Good luck to you with your campaign.

As regards the issue of Obama's citizenship and nationality don't you have a system in which the other candidates can mount a legal challenge to have an opponent who is unqualified removed from the ballot.

In India these electoral challenges take place all the time. We have an independent Eloctoral Commission to oversee all elections. Any objections to the legitimacy of a candidate are lodged with the EC at the time of filing nominations and if either party is unhappy with the EC's ruling he can go to court. The most high profile such case has been that of Mrs Sonia Gandhi whose eligibility to stand for parliament was challenged on the grounds that she had improperly been granted citizenship without meeting the requirements of law and hence was ineligible. This case went all the way to our SC before it was decided in her favour.

Surely the US has some similar system?

Posted by: arunv49 | December 5, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse


arunv49

We know you from the campaign - you pretend to have multiple personalities - you do this because you want people to believe you are different people posting.


Today you say you are from India.


WOW


Let me clarify.


It is not me that you hate. It is the truth that you hate. You hate the words that have been written.


So get over yourself.


Be honest. State clearly you are at the Transition offices of Obama - and tell them to release all the ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS INCLUDING FROM THE STATE OF HAWAII AND COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.


It would be much better if Obama did it himself rather than if someone did it for him under Court order.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 5, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

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The photocopy of the document you see on the internet is NOT Obama's ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE - the State of Hawaii has stated in a written statement that there is ANOTHER BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHICH IS BEING HIDDEN.


Obama could easily sign a waiver and have the State of Hawaii release the ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE.


It is really that simple. Why haven't the REAL documents been release???


Instead we have a deceptive document produced to the public? (the document you see on the internet is the SAME document issued to babies born outside the country so therefore it DOES NOT prove that Obama is "natural born")


ALSO Obama is hiding his College transcripts and grades - these documents and his financial aid applications - MAY reveal that he went to college as a FOREIGN STUDENT - on an INDONESIAN PASSPORT.


WELL.


Obama travled to four countries in 1981 including Pakistan, apparently WITHOUT A US PASSPORT. - So what kind of Passport did he use? Could it be an Indonesian passport?


Proving that he was an Indonesian citizen - If his step-father renonunced Obama's American citizenship and made him an Indonesian citizen, it is GAME OVER.


SORRY.


Obama actually could be an ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO SHOULD BE DEPORTED.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 5, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse


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arunv49


You should look up "Freedom of Speech" and "First Amendment"


And by the way, if you read all the postings I feel sorry for you.


Obama has had multiple repeat commercials on TV - they are all the same - why don't you complain about that. Cereal companies too. Complain about them. Car companies. You see the same things over and over again.


So why do you complain about only one source?

It is because you do not like the CONTENT of what you are reading - PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU HATE THE TRUTH.

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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 5, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

SeanC1 said: in another decade or so the demographics of Texas will be much more favourable.

I tend to agree. So my question is this: what areas/parts of the country will be more favorable to the Repubs in 10 years? It seems that at best, the Repubs are consolidating their base of power to the deep south and great plains states, places where they've been in power for a long time already. Where is the party taking power away from Dems?

I think this trend will impact the political landscape in 2 ways: 1) the repub party will become fractured and the moderates will become frustrated with the neo-con and evangelical idealouges and go their own way and 2) the diminishing power of the Repub party will cause the left wing of the Dem party to become much more vocal and demanding and could eventually break away from the Dem party (many could argue that this is the current Green party) and merge with the Green party to create a new left-wing political force.

Either way, it will be very interesting to watch and will make for great discussion in Poli-Sci classes.

Posted by: PeixeGato1 | December 5, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

"Obama's grandmother is an eyewitness - she is on tape saying that Obama was born in Kenya."

She referred to him as a 'son of this village', which is a local idiom; it doesn't imply he was actually born there.

As yet, no one has produced a shred of proof that the Obamas were in Kenya or that the birth certificate is forged.

If it was, then it somehow got past both the Clintons and the Republicans; if either of them thought there was the tiniest possibility of illegitimacy they would have raised it, hammered it, even. They didn't. Why do you suppose that was?

Posted by: SeanC1 | December 4, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

37th & O Street

I am not American, but Indian. I read these comments because I am interested in understanding how Americans think and how the political system works. I have learnt a lot from the many interesting arguments from both sides of the political divides.

There have also been many hate filled rants. Also repetitive boring submissions into which category your posts fall. It is perfectly understandable that you have strong opinions on a given subject. However, to copy and paste the same posts on every thread, irrespective of subject, is irritating and self defeating.

I follow these reads from last to latest so I can follow the arguments and the responses. I have now got into the habit of hitting the PgUp button when I see your handle.

Incidentally, I read many posts accusing someone or the other of being a "troll". Being unfamiliar with the term, except as it referred to a mythical creature, I looked it up. According to Wikipedia "An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the intention of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion."

Reading your posts I see what it means.

Posted by: arunv49 | December 4, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

You may know a lot about political races but you don't know jack ---- about barbecue...unless you think brisket of beef is as good as pork shoulder and beef ribs are the equal of pork spareribs, in which case, please reread the first 16 words of this comment.

Posted by: valerieprintemps | December 4, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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Chris:


Do your realize there will be an uproar in this nation if Obama has to withdraw? No one understands the sucession will fall to Biden and no one appears to want to accept that.


It will be bad.


Half the people I talk to feel McCain should get it if Obama is out and half say Hillary should get it.


It is hilarious.


Some people say we have to have a re-election McCain v. Hillary - they all feel that Obama's disqualification applies to Biden too.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 4, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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IT's not really a conspiracy, it's more like a FRAUD - however haven't we said that before about Obama?


Someone just caught Obama - because Obama was traveling to Pakistan and several other countries in 1981


However we know that Obama did not have a US passport in 1981 - so Obama MUST have been traveling with a foreign passport - meaning he was a citizen of another country - meaning perhaps he isn't even a citizen of this country and that he was born in Keyna


Obama could actually be an illegal alien.


Obama lied, Obama lied, Obama lied, Obama lied, Obama lied.


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Obama's grandmother is an eyewitness - she is on tape saying that Obama was born in Keyna.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 4, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Further, our great state is called the Lone Star, not the "lonestar".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 4, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I am a law school classmate of KBH and I find that I take umbrage when she is personally insulted. Detachment has limits, even for me :-). KBH has been an effective senator and it is no shame to be 65 years old.

She is unbeatable in TX in 2010. In a presidential year a well funded race by Mayor White would credible.

There are two TX statewide Rs who are shining lights compared with the ones CC has named. Jerry Patterson, the Land Commish, is THE guru of wind energy. TX produces more than the remainder of the states, combined. Susan Combs, the Comptroller, is a moderate who would gain more D votes than the theocon votes she would surely lose.

See Combs briefly at Austin's NPR affiliate, KUT:

http://kut.org/items/show/14970

you can also listen to a brief sound clip there.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 4, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

It's Ann Richards, not Anne Richards...

Posted by: Corey_NY | December 4, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

It's Ann Richard
s, not Anne Richards...

Posted by: Corey_NY | December 4, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

SeanC1

The problem appears to be that you don't like WHAT I say - not that anything is any violation of the rules.


Frequency? What about the $210 million of Obama commercials? They weren't frequent?


You can not be serious, are you?


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"Why don't you complain about the Obama people with an equal zeal???"

What Obama people?

"Is it because you think Im white and you think that minorites should be favored?"

Okay, now this came out of nowhere; first, I'm white; second, you seem to be suggesting that Obama supporters are mostly black?

"Are you motivated by the rules, which should be applied equally, OR are you motivated by the CONTENT of the Free Speech???"

I find you particularly obnoxious, since you post with a consistency and repetition not seen elsewhere.

Posted by: SeanC1 | December 4, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh gawd! Hutchison the old Bushie battleax should retire as unobtrusively as possible from politics to help the GOP regain ground they lost last month. Instead, like Palin, this egotist keeps on seeking fame and political glory for her own resume. They need to try serving we the people better instead of focusing on ever more powerful jobs for themselves.

Posted by: buzziea | December 4, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

If there is a Senate race, Rick Noriega will win.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | December 4, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Soon Texas will vomit up the remaining chunks of the rotten Republican meal that was stuffed down their throats. With any luck, bug exterminator Delay will jump in the race. They must be so proud.

Posted by: thebobbob | December 4, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Houstonian and I can not say enough good things about Bill White. He has come through time after time.

Of course, I'd be thrilled to see Kay beat Gov. Goodhair, but I think she would be the same old dog and pony show that we've got now.

I don't think I can ever forget seeing all the people sitting in their cars on the side of the road without the fuel to evacuate during Hurricane Rita because Goodhair "forgot" to make sure there was enough gas. Sort of like our own little Texas FEMA.

Posted by: llong9 | December 4, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse


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SeanC1

Why don't you complain about the Obama people with an equal zeal???


Is it because you think Im white and you think that minorites should be favored?


Are you motivated by the rules, which should be applied equally, OR are you motivated by the CONTENT of the Free Speech???

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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 4, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Democrats can win in Texas when they're really good. There just haven't been any really good candidates since Gov. Anne. Considering what the national Democrats are doing to Texas and the country, that trend is likely to continue. Texas likes strong women, which is why Kay will do quite well. She would certainly represent the state better than Perry, and she has better hair.

Posted by: kenpasadena | December 4, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

And not one but two straight 37thandO posts with nothing to do with the thread.

Hutchison, hopefully, will crush Perry. This would be a hard race for any Democrat, though White would have a shot; in another decade or so the demographics of Texas will be much more favourable.

Posted by: SeanC1 | December 4, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't Nick Lampson also be a potentially good candidate? He seems like he would have the kind of appeal that could win statewide.
If Bill White is the best candidate, what are the chances that he may jump in? The republican field mentioned in this post doesn't seem particularly strong.
The President-elect quietly amassed 44 percent of the vote in Texas last month. The demographics of this state are moving in our favor, and while the republican candidate would definitely be the favorite, this seat is not going to be the longshot for us it was a few years ago. Worst-case scenario for us is that we force the other party to spend some significant dollars in the state two years from now.

Posted by: jdunph1 | December 4, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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Clearly this is a Weak Administration - you have all the Obamaniacs on here claiming that Obama is so smart, blah blah blah


However, read the postings about Hillary on this blog....


The appointments so far have been silly - a group of inexperienced blowhart artists who would be rejected by any human resources department in all the major corporations in the country.


Hillary is not qualified, period.


Richardson's performance at the Department of Energy should BAR HIM from all federal government buildings.


Eric Holder did a horrible job at Justice during his years there - he DOES NOT deserve a promotion to head the Department of Justice - the primary motivation in his appointment appears NOT THAT HE IS THE BEST QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL BUT THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN.


Napolitano may have been a good Governor, of a state with border issues, however let's be serious: DOES SHE HAVE ANY EXPERTISE AT ALL IN SECURITY ISSUES ??? Homeland Security has become a fairly important post and it appears that Obama doesn't know what he is doing appointing someone with so little experience in the actual field of HOMELAND SECURITY.


Rahm Emanuel ? As Chief of Staff? Why doesn't Obama just offer it to Bill Clinton himself. This DOES NOT represent change, and is a little silly to throw back in the faces of all the people who supported Obama in the primaries because they did not want another Clinton administration.


Overall, ONE HAS TO STATE THAT OBAMA HAS SHOWN POOR JUDGEMENT OVERALL IN THESE SELECTIONS - HE DOES NOT EVEN DESERVE A "C" - MORE LIKE A GRADE OF A "D"


Again, thank you for reading the truth.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 4, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse


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Chris I do not mean to complain - however does the Washington Post do any investigations anymore ? I'm not asking for Woodward and Bernstein here however does the WASHINGTON POST have verification of the location of Obama's birth ???


Very simple.


There are allegations today that Obama had traveled abroad to Pakistan in 1981 - if you remember someone broke into his State Dept records last year -


Obama did not have a passport from the United States in 1981 -


So Obama had to be traveling on a passport of another country - either Keyna or Indonesia. ALSO there are indications that Obama's college admission papers reveal that he was a FOREIGN STUDENT - THAT MUST BE WHY OBAMA HAS BEEN HIDING HIS TRANSCRIPTS AND HIS GRADES FROM COLUMBIA BECAUSE THEY WILL REVEAL THAT HE WAS A FOREIGN STUDENT - IS IT POSSIBLE we actually have elected an ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO SHOULD BE DEPORTED.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | December 4, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This dried-up old biotch is a good fit for a hell-hole like Texas!

Posted by: kase | December 4, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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