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Kay Bailey Hutchison to stay in the Senate



Texas Sen, Kay Bailey Hutchison will serve out the remaining two years of her term. AP Photo/The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Jaime R. Carrero

Updated 11:51 am

Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has gone back on her pledge to resign her seat and instead will serve out the remaining two years of her term.

"It is clear to me that the stakes in our nation's capitol have never been higher," said Hutchison at a press conference announcing her decision. "President Obama's victory on health care legislation has emboldened those who want an even bigger and more intrusive federal government."

The move, which had long been expected, means that there will be no special election to replace her -- robbing several aspiring Republican candidates as well as former state Comptroller John Sharp (D) of a chance to join the Senate in the near term.

National Republicans had prepared for the possibility of a special election and expressed confidence that they hold the seat but it almost certainly would have drained campaign cash from their coffers in advance of November's midterm elections.

The news was first reported by Reid Wilson of Hotline's On Call blog.

Hutchison's decision comes roughly one month after she was badly bested by Gov. Rick Perry in a primary fight that was once seen as hers to lose. During that campaign, Hutchison repeatedly pledged that she would resign her seat in the aftermath of the primary -- win or lose.

Smart political operatives, however, were always skeptical that Hutchison would step aside if she lost and, as primary day drew closer and it became more and more apparent she would come up short, conventional wisdom congealed around the idea that she would ultimately go back on her word for two reasons.

First, resigning her seat in the wake of a loss would be an unsatisfying end to a political career that some believed might ultimately end in the White House. Hutchison entered the race against Perry as the most popular politician in the state but left it with much of that shiny veneer rubbed off. She can now use the next two years to rebuild that image and burnish her legacy.

Second, if Hutchison did resign, Perry would have the ability to choose an interim successor who would then almost certainly have a leg up in the special election to serve out her remaining two years. The idea that the person who had just all-but-ended her political career would also be able to pick her replacement was an unsavory one that Hutchison almost certainly wanted to avoid.

The political consequences of Hutchison's flip-flop are relatively minor. GOP sources the Fix spoke to this morning said there is no chance that she will try to run for another term in 2012 and so she will never be forced to explain to voters -- in the context of a heated campaign -- why she said one thing and did another.

The 2012 open seat race will now begin in earnest. The leading Republican candidates are state Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, former Secretary of State Roger Williams and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

It's not clear who might run on the Democratic side although Sharp was in the non-existent special election race and would likely be interested in the 2012 contest. One other option for Democrats is former Houston Mayor Bill White who was running for the special election race before switching to run for governor early this year. National Democrats believe White has an even money chance of knocking off Perry this fall but if he does come up short, expect some party strategists to turn to him to try and win the open seat in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2010; 9:49 AM ET
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Thank goodness, Kay is sticking around for another 2 years ... that might be long enough for the TX GOP to take enough Valium to do some good. Her decision is not "breaking a promise", but doing her Patriotic duty.

After the juvenile behavior of Perry, the wee people and the conspiracy theorist, can you imagine what the TX GOP would run to take Kay's place?

TX Dems, maybe y'all can bulldog Perry this Fall and re-district 'correctly'. Then, take back control of the Congressional delegation? Maybe find a willing County in West TX and create a reservation there for your GOP Loons?? (TX only, we wouldn't want for y'all to have to deal with our Militia Loons. But, people like Perry and the conspiracy theorist feed our Loons Looney Koolaid.)

Posted by: Whittier5 | March 31, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

We'll pass the word along to Audra Shay and "Bombshell" McGee.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 31, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I can understand m_i_a being interested in Hutchinson since he knew her in law school but for the rest of us ... why? When she comes out with such dreary predictable stuff as the quote above, couldn't she be replaced by a Republican Doggerel Generator? Would anyone notice?

Posted by: Noacoler | March 31, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

We have our issues down here, but they are our issues, and non of your business

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great attitude. I guess you're a little sketchy on the whole "citizenship" thing? Fine. You keep your little runt of a former President and you keep your fundamentalist lunatics and your eviscerated textbooks and we'll keep our stimulus money. And we'll take as many families want to bale out of your nasty little retrogressive experiment as care to leave it.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 31, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Good for her. I really wish she would have beat Rick Perry in the primary but now that I know that she is there to fight against Obamacare and his corrupt ideas I know that I am proud to be represented by her.

Posted by: Derek541167 | March 31, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

you are correct stating that Texans don t want others to tell us how to figure out how to fix our state problems. Shrink though is also correct in id ing our number 1 problem which is denial. For too long Perry has told us that our proud state has no problems and has either lied about our high drop out rate or lulled Texan's into his state of denial. He is in denial if he thinks the $11-$15 billion dollar deficit is not a real problem that impacts everyone in our state. He promised to fix our broken property tax system--not done; and refuses to take politics out our judicial system like most rational states and out of or education system. In the good old Texas days we didn't politicize our courts or the education of our children like the secessionist are doing today. Hopefully Texans will duke it out in Nov and start fixing the problems shrink has accurately pointed out.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Shrink-you ask what is wrong with Texas? Tell me please, what is right with Texas? If there is something wrong with Texas, go lookin' in Crawford-you'll find your answer."

Patriotgmalou, I have not idea where your work, play or live, where ever it is, I will take the Great State of Texas over any day of the week! FYI, GWB lives in Dallas, still has his ranch in great town of Crawford, thank you very much. We have our issues down here, but they are our issues, and non of your business, I am confident that your paradise is splendid and you should stay there since you do not like anything about my State!

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

and the state of Ann Richards, Molly Ivins and Liz Carpenter.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

sorry patriot there is a lot to love about my state and there will be even more once we get the state GOP loons out of running our state into the ground.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we had enough3 early,

"Gov. Perry - the one who talked up the idea of Texas seceding from the US. Phil Gramm (father of the financial deregulation that caused the CDO,CDS pyramid), Tom Abramoff Delay, Dickie Armey (father of the ever unhappy Tea Party nuts and vice chair of tax cheating UBS), the various Bushes..."

Texans love Texas, that is something I think I know. That is right. It should help. But when your school system is a disaster, if your response is chanting "Where are the parents?" that is not auspicious.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 31, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

once again from the deficit hawk party where is the $11-$15 billion coming from? Hoorah you have raised $1.1 billion on the backs of college students who have seen tremendous increases in tuition statewide; what a profile in courage.

Bill White has delivered 5 tax cuts for Houston and Mayor Parker's budget shortfall are pennys compared to the mess that Perry has delivered. $11-$15 billion dollars is scarry and puts us on par with the budget problems Ca has. You don't want the $2 billion stimulus money; great you just handed my tax dollars to Ca. Would be fine to see your business and the rest of the state GOP living in economic lala land figure out where the $11-$15 billion will come from. Yea my D Party that left the state coffers with a $1 billion rainy day fund and a national surplus of $100 billion. No one is interested in your delusions and budget DENIALS. Unfortunately it will be left up to Governor White to figure out how to clean up the mess that Perry will be leaving him. $11-$15 billion Texas Deficit, its not funny.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Shrink-you ask what is wrong with Texas? Tell me please, what is right with Texas? If there is something wrong with Texas, go lookin' in Crawford-you'll find your answer.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 31, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

unlike you bconner I don't just make up state statistics:

"TEXAS (krwg) - A key state official says the Texas Legislature will face a shortfall of at least $11 billion when they meet to write the next state budget in 2011.

That's the projected difference between available revenue and the cost of maintaining services at their current levels.

"John O'Brien, director of the Legislative Budget Board, told a legislative committee Monday that the estimate is conservative and could grow to as much as $15 billion."

while you are busy trashing Ca's budget woes you might bother to look at the one that our Governor has saddled us with. That should be the entire focus of the campaign since you delusionally think that the state GOP are such deficit hawks. And this at the same time our brilliant governor refused $2 billion in federal stimulus money.

I am not sure what you think I made up, what I said is real, the state of Texas did order all universities to cut their budgets by 5%, was in all the papers, and I do business with all of them. You can read the Houston paper about their budget issues. I am aware of the $11 billion or higher shortfall. I support not taking the stimulus funds. I do not care or trash California budget issues, could actually care less about California, in my opinion they got themselves in that mess and they need to find a way to dig out, they will come crawling to Washington and beg and will get funds, more of your tax dollars. I believe our property taxes are higher than most states, as stated we do not have personal income tax, and I am thankful for that, as your party a few years back wanted to have a state income tax. Tax and Spend is not the way out of this mess, and believe it or not, we in Texas are in better shape than people in most states.

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

leichtman, earlier when I was talking about Texas' dirty laundry, I wasn't implying Texans were bumpkins. I was talking about all of the state's actual problems and their relationship to a political process which seems obsessed with things that are far away, both in time and space.

It seems different from Albany's sepsis or Sacramento's gridlock. In Texas, people don't seem to agree they have their own problems, problems they own and now. It is as if everyone who wasn't Texan would just go away, Texas would be fine.

Maybe the national spotlight is a bad thing for some states.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 31, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The old bag is on her way out of politics,
about 30-40 years too late, she can go live with the Bushy's and reap the rewards of her service to the big ole' state of Texas.

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 31, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

unlike you bconner I don't just make up state statistics:

"TEXAS (krwg) - A key state official says the Texas Legislature will face a shortfall of at least $11 billion when they meet to write the next state budget in 2011.

That's the projected difference between available revenue and the cost of maintaining services at their current levels.

"John O'Brien, director of the Legislative Budget Board, told a legislative committee Monday that the estimate is conservative and could grow to as much as $15 billion."

while you are busy trashing Ca's budget woes you might bother to look at the one that our Governor has saddled us with. That should be the entire focus of the campaign since you delusionally think that the state GOP are such deficit hawks. And this at the same time our brilliant governor refused $2 billion in federal stimulus money.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

that is utter garbage about White you just pulled out of your backside. And again Perry increased business taxes telling us he would lower our property taxes, that never happened. And again where will Perry come up with our $11 billion dollar deficit seeing that we already rank at the bottom of the country in social services.

Conservative tax sites rank Texas as having the 13th HIGHEST Property Taxes in the nation. So where is my promised property tax reduction and where is our state's missing $11 billion dollars?

You might want to check the national sales tax issues, you may be surprised who supports this socialist idea. The $11 billion is coming out of more cuts, higher road taxes, higher toll taxes, you are not getting a cut in your property tax, I do not care if the governors name is White, Perry or Bush, stop living that dream. All Universities were cut 5%, the city is Houston is in serious budget issues, all spending has been ordered stopped, all travel stopped, they can't purchase a battery for their flashlight. What has the President of the United States and the democrat congress done for the last 14-months, Nothing, Prime Minster Brown, held an investment summit in February, he has US companies investing in SW England, right from under Obama feet, taking the technology to England, We have a very overpriced HCR bill that does nothing but rise taxes, cut benefits. How do you think AT&T will make up the $1billion they lost, cut jobs, cut services, cut benefits. This is real my friend, not snake oil,

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

that is utter garbage about White you just pulled out of your backside. And again Perry increased business taxes telling us he would lower our property taxes, that never happened. And again where will Perry come up with our $11 billion dollar deficit seeing that we already rank at the bottom of the country in social services.

Conservative tax sites rank Texas as having the 13th HIGHEST Property Taxes in the nation. So where is my promised property tax reduction and where is our state's missing $11 billion dollars?

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

and I presume you are aware that Texas has one of the highest property taxes in the country. Precisely where is that wonderful property tax cut Perry promised us last year? You are an economic conservative, so am I and I don't like being lied to by our governor about state taxes and our state's miserable h.s. drop out rate. And where does he plan to get the $11 billion dollar he is required to obtain by state law to keep our state budget in balance, by raising our asssements on our homes?

You are not going to cut property taxes until you stop throwing bad money at school districts that continue to abuse the funds and as you state, kids dropping out of school, again I am not aware of that static, and I will take your word, all the leglistrators we send to Austin, always campaign on more school money, and what is done with the school money, $4,075.00 of my property tax goes to the school district, $896.00 went to the city, there is something wrong with that number and as you say kids are dropping out of school. Of course I will want to ask, Where are the Parents? I am not able to confirm if Texas has the highest property tax rates in the country, however we do not have personal income tax as other states do, and that has a direct affect on our property tax and sales tax. I am also not in favor of a national sales tax as your Mayor White is, we in Texas do not need to add an additional 2.5 to 5% to our sales tax.

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

and I presume you are aware that Texas has one of the highest property taxes in the country. Precisely where is that wonderful property tax cut Perry promised us last year? You are an economic conservative, so am I and I don't like being lied to by our governor about state taxes and our state's miserable h.s. drop out rate. And where does he plan to get the $11 billion dollar he is required to obtain by state law to keep our state budget in balance, by raising our asssements on our homes?

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I am talking about two kinds of Republicans.
Sproing and sliowa and reason5 and well ok fine, TexasProud too...then there are the people like you. Weren't you aware you are doing your party a disservice?

Posted by: shrink2 | March 31, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

If you still believe this snake oil why should anyone care about the rest of your views?

"very far left," christ grow up, would you?

and "free market," I mean, really, haven't you learned anything?

You make a good point about further debate, I live in a real small business world, I see first hand what regulation, tax and spend does for small business, it is far from snake oil ideology. I see the cuts in spending, I see the reduction in force or downsizing, it is real. Your property taxes are a direct result of revenue not generated from taxes created by small business, it is very far from snake oil dribble.

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

shrink2


What are you talking about?


And that court case is US v Lopez

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 31, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

curious who you are claiming stated that Rs hate Jefferson. Simple fact is that our governor appointed a woman named Cynthia Dunbar to the Texas Bd of Education who decided that Jefferson should be replaced with Phyliss Sclaffley in our children's textbooks. I have a problem with that just as state GOP forces tried to impose Jesus Day on all Texans. The discussion is not w/n Jefferson practiced Christianity but whether Governor Perry and his appointees believe that Thomas Jefferson played an impt role in the founding of our nation, and I would argue was the most important man in our nation's history. To deny our children from learning about Thomas Jefferson is simply evil and almost as obscene as some of those in the GOP who deny the holocaust or argue the earth is flat. In other words many in the the GOP are stuck in arguments from the 18th century.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

reason5,
it is also possible keeping Texas in the Republican column would be easier this year than in 2012.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 31, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, Texas Senator Cornyn can enjoy a sigh of relief: the NRSC will not have to spend money to keep Texas in the Republican column this year. They can do it in 2012 when Kay would be up for reelection anyway and Republicans expect to defend the seat. This is another coup for Cornyn and the NRSC.

Posted by: reason5 | March 31, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

On the one hand we have Sproing,
on the other,
the 37thand0street project.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 31, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

More trouble for crist's campaign and FLA gop:

The former chair of the Florida GOP -- a close ally of Gov. Charlie Crist -- is said to be under criminal investigation for a contract worth around $200,000 that he awarded to himself and his executive director. The news was revealed today by the state party, which says it uncovered the contract in the course of its annual financial audit, and referred the matter to authorities.

Jim Greer was appointed to run the state GOP by Crist in 2007, but was forced out of the job in January, after reports of lavish party spending, much of which went on the credit card of the party's executive director, Delmar Johnson. "

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/fl_gop_our_former_chair_is_under_criminal_investig.php?ref=fpa

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I did not vote for Mr. Obama, I felt that he was very far left and his agenda was socialist in lieu of free market

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If you still believe this snake oil why should anyone care about the rest of your views?

"very far left," christ grow up, would you?

and "free market," I mean, really, haven't you learned anything?

Posted by: Noacoler | March 31, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

LOL do people read what they type before they post? KBH has been a good Senator-nothing special, but we could do much worse. Perry is nothing special, but considering what liberal (Dem & some GOP) state leadership has done to states like CA, NY, NJ, MI etc, I think it is safe to say that while Perry is not some grand knight, we don't want ANYTHING to do with what Obama's cronies have done to their states. Michael Williams would be a great upgrade in the Senate, but I have no problem waiting 2 more years to see it happen. We do have our liberal areas in this state-it's called Travis County

Posted by: TexasProud1 | March 31, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I just happened upon a post that makes the statement "that Republicans hate Jefferson" blah, blah, blah. Just because some narrow minded fruit loops who claim to be Republicans have no clue as to the history of our country or the nature of the men who established our government does not make them the messenger boys or leaders of the Republican Party.

Jefferson was as dismayed by the hubris and rigidity of many of the various Church practices of his day as many of us are in our time. That does not detract one smidgen of authenticity in his core belief that there existed a 'supreme creator' greater then all mankind and certainly greater than himself. So many "new age" historians have latched onto his relatively sparse anti-church writings (as opposed to anti-belief) to try to denigrate the Judeo-Christian foundations of our nation that increasingly our younger more ignorant generations are beginning to believe that Jefferson was indeed an atheist. It would serve them well to go back to the original writings of Jefferson's both from his personal diaries, his personal bible with its annotations, and the writings of his contemporaries when corresponding with him.

In his time Jefferson would probably have been described as a man of the left, as indeed, would most of his compatriots. In fact I’d probably argue that he was their spiritual leader in that endeavor and was somewhat more a believer in the possibilities of a Utopian State than they. After all they were trying to bring an end to the direct governance of the 18th Centuries version of America and with it the end of all forms of monarchial or dictatorial rule based on class or birthright. What else could they be called? Today's true Conservative wants nothing more then for our government to continue to honor and protect the very heart and soul of our American Exceptionalism that derives directly from the words and concepts embodied withi9n that document, nothing more and CERTSAINLY nothing less.

Perhaps if more of those posting here and elsewhere had a real understanding of the entire atmosphere that surrounded the country, not to mention the rest of the world, back in the 1770’s they might have a different perspective of just why Jefferson and many others thought and did as they. Instead our debate is crippled by the vast amount of twisted and absent information about the very beginnings of our Republic.

Something else many should be reminded of. Although it is Jefferson who rightly gets most of the credit for penning the Declaration of Independence it was Madison who penned the foundations of the Constitution and not Jefferson

Posted by: Sproing | March 31, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

LET ME BE CLEAR - OBAMA'S TAXES ARE A JOBS KILLER.


This health care bill places BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars of OBAMA TAXES on the economy.


This is going to SLOW THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY.


This will cause massive parts of the health care bill TO BE REPEALED.


Let's think about it too: WHAT PART OF HEALTH CARE IS "INTERSTATE COMMERCE?"


Finally, the Courts can take a look at that question and ANSWER IT.


Let's take the "tanning tax" - what part of tanning is interstate commerce?


It just goes to the extreme - to show one that federal government is too far out there in the definition of "interstate commerce."


In fact, they have CEASED TO HAVE A DEFINITION OF "INTERSTATE COMMERCE."


Instead, they say, it means anything they want it to mean.


Well, it doesn't work that way.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 31, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@leichtman: most of us know that Texas is a big state with a number of politically distinct regions and that some areas are quite progressive. But Texas also includes some of the very most backward regions of the country and when one totals it all up there remain those embarrassing statistics.

And while Houston elected a gay mayor, said mayor would not be safe in a lot of neighborhoods around the state. The governor is practically quadrupedal.

@DDAWD: Jefferson's dalliance with atheism is well-known. Yeah he's recorded as being a "Deist" but my guess is that was to save his skin, it was not all that long ago in the early colonies that one could be judicially murdered for missing church.

I think all religion is bunkum, the idea that there is some magical invisible spirit with "plans for everyone" is simply offensive to me and much though I would like to believe I wouldn't be the same person if I did. Now, having said that, I need to point out that Christiantity includes a hell of a lot of types of people .. including decent human being moved by their faith to be good, as well as some really rotten people for whom Christianity is all about Timothy and Leviticus and justification for their bigotry. And in between are those vast groups for whom it is, as you say, all about clannishness and cliquishness and belonging. Which is pathetic, but then a lot of people are just joiners.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 31, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

dawd, I was raised as a fundie christian, and you are right, from the time I was a little kid the whole deal was about recruitment.

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

And the wheels go flip flop, flip flop, flip flop. It's a Republican "character" thing., especially in Texas.

Posted by: lillypad2 | March 31, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, bsimon. I knew about the whole Texas BOE thing and I figured they would make whitewashes at the margins, but I didn't imagine that they would write Jefferson out of the textbooks. I mean, DoI, President. Wow. And it's possible to teach that stuff without going into his religion. I mean, I never learned about his religious beliefs when I was learning this stuff.

This is my biggest issue with Christianity. Perhaps I'm being really unfair, but from my vantage point, it seems like the whole thing is one big freakin membership drive. Either through badgering or by coercion through legal means (abortion) or through subversive coercion like this textbook stuff.

In fact I'm sure I'm being unfair, but I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 31, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Bill White has been staunchly supported by the Houston Business Community for 8 years; not exactly a liberal crowd. As for Obama, I was a Hillary moderate D during the primary,but now support my POTUS just as I supported POTUS Bush. He is a socialist? huh. that is why the DOW has gone up 60% since his inauguration, as has my retirement and investments; obviously a true mark of a socialist administration. As for HC Obama's HC reform it is far to the right of Richard Nixon and Bob Doles's HC plans. Don't ever recall their being labeld socialists. Interesting to recall American history. Guess what the GOP called Social Sceurity and Medicare back in the 30s and '65. You got it, socialism so Americans are used to that refrain whenever the opposition runs out of ideas.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

shrink2: Austin is the silicon valley and music capital of the south, unfortunately we stll have some Texans caught up in the politics of the 18th century. And Houston just elected the first gay mayor of a major city in the country so please don't make us all out to be a bunch of bumpkins.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican and KBH would nominally have my support but not this time. I'm neither a hard right wing conservative nor a liberal Republican since I really am more often a moderate when it comes to real world governance instead of ideological governance. I just can’t bring myself to support ANYONE who repeatedly goes back on his or her word. The situation in the Senate is no different now then it was before the Governors election and by staying on despite her pledge to step down she not only shows herself to be less than honorable but also denies a perhaps more Texas mainstream Republican a chance at getting elected to the remainder of her term and thereby have at least some of the power of incumbency to help him or her in the coming 2012 election cycle which will be a big one.

Instead Texans, and all Republicans, are left trying to defend one of our own who has shown her stripes. Not a class act.

Posted by: Sproing | March 31, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"interesting that you should say: "Many Texans speak of seceding from the Union"
I was born here, went to college at UT and lawschool at S. Texas and no politician in my lifetime up until Secessionist Perry has ever said anything as reckeless. He also appointed whacko Dunbar who believes that socialist Thomas Jefferson has no place in our children's lexicon. Go ahead and push secesion, purging our children's textbooks of our nation's history and making our beloved state into a laughing stock. Incidentally this campaign is about what is broken in Austin. An impending $11 billion dollar state deficit, exploding property taxes and leading the nation in h.s. drop outs, not your party's sorry attempts to disparage our POTUS. That is precisely why moderate Rs are contributing heavily to the Bill White campaign."

I said "many Texans", I did not say politicians. I also agree with you on the deficit, $56 million in Dallas County and I am sure they are going to want to take a piece out of my earnings to cover, I cannot confirm nor deny the HS drop out rate, the bulk of my property taxes goes to the LISD and it is a huge chunk. Now regarding the President of the United States, I did not vote for Mr. Obama, I felt that he was very far left and his agenda was socialist in lieu of free market, as it has turned out it appears that I was correct, so I did not support him then and I do not support him now. I am not sure and maybe down in south Texas there are some as you say moderate republicans, I will count on the blue dog democrats, independents in addition to republicans. I am not fearful of the Texas republicans supporting a progressive democrat for governor.

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Andy, I usually hope you are correct, really, but this time I am cheering.
I can't wait until they unleash it.
This rope a dope thing seems to be working, but it is hard on the partisans.

Ok, I got it. The DNC is a predatory beast, flush with cash, silent, taut, nostrils flared eyes wounded, struggling, can't keep up, a dead animal walking.

Meanwhile, it isn't just the RNC that is imploding. What is the matter with Texas?
The dirty laundry is getting aired out today and, it stinks. I thought Texas was going to join the 21st century, hi-tech and all that.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 31, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

and jefferson also said this:
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'And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.'

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This is why the Repubublicans hate Jefferson - they fear their lies about this country being founded on Christian beliefs will be exposed:

"The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814

http://www.nobeliefs.com/jefferson.htm

It is time to force Cornyn's hand on this issue

Posted by: bobbywc | March 31, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Madison wanted the state to 'abstain altogether from relgion'

" I must admit moreover that it may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions & doubts on unessential points. The tendency to a usurpation on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded agst by an entire abstinence of: the Govt from interference in any way whatever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, & protecting each sect agst trespasses on its legal rights by others."

http://www.beliefnet.com/resourcelib/docs/9/Letter_from_James_Madison_to_Reverend_Jasper_Adams_1.html

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Jefferson, for one thing, wrote a bible in which he cut out all the miracles and signs or declarations of Jesus's divinity.

He beleived that Jesus was a mortal with a wonderful philosophy. This does not sit well with the magical crowd.

The entire manuscript is online.


http://www.beliefnet.com/resourcelib/docs/62/The_Jefferson_Bible_The_Life__Morals_of_Jesus_of_Nazareth_1.html

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

37th is right on the money about them being deists. I presume that you would not be happy with Perry and Dunbar wrighting Jefferson out of our children's textbooks either but unfortunatel that is how fringe the GOP is here in Texas, Washington and Franklin next to be replaced by Pat Robertson and Falwell by Perry and Dunbar.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

LET ME BE CLEAR - OBAMA'S TAXES ARE A JOBS KILLER.


This health care bill places BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars of OBAMA TAXES on the economy.


This is going to SLOW THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY.


This will cause massive parts of the health care bill TO BE REPEALED.


Let's think about it too: WHAT PART OF HEALTH CARE IS "INTERSTATE COMMERCE?"


Finally, the Courts can take a look at that question and ANSWER IT.


Let's take the "tanning tax" - what part of tanning is interstate commerce?


It just goes to the extreme - to show one that federal government is too far out there in the definition of "interstate commerce."


In fact, they have CEASED TO HAVE A DEFINITION OF "INTERSTATE COMMERCE."

Instead, they say, it means anything they want it to mean.


Well, it doesn't work that way.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 31, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

interesting that you should say: "Many Texans speak of seceding from the Union"
I was born here, went to college at UT and lawschool at S. Texas and no politician in my lifetime up until Secessionist Perry has ever said anything as reckeless. He also appointed whacko Dunbar who believes that socialist Thomas Jefferson has no place in our children's lexicon. Go ahead and push secesion, purging our children's textbooks of our nation's history and making our beloved state into a laughing stock. Incidentally this campaign is about what is broken in Austin. An impending $11 billion dollar state deficit, exploding property taxes and leading the nation in h.s. drop outs, not your party's sorry attempts to disparage our POTUS. That is precisely why moderate Rs are contributing heavily to the Bill White campaign.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Founding Fathers were Deists - that apparently is too much for ANYONE TO EXPLAIN -

That is the problem.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 31, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The Founding Fathers were Deists - that apparently is too much for ANYONE TO EXPLAIN -

That is the problem.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 31, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

For Cornyn, who runs the GOP's Senate campaign committee needs to forced to denounce Texas' Board of Education - this ad must run in every state where a Repub or Dem Senator may be in trouble - we must force Cornyn's hand.

"Is this the future you want for your kids - Thomas Jefferson author of the Declaration of Independence being taken out of textbooks? Why is the Republican Party not denouncing this?"

We on the left need to demand Obama step up to the plate and lead this battle - the Repubs have made it clear they are he party of NOTHING and NO -

If the Dems fight they will have a 61 seat majority in the Senate - time to go on the offensive

Posted by: bobbywc | March 31, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"What's all this about Jefferson being written out of textbooks?"

It goes something like this...

TX board of education defines the standard curriculum for TX schools. TX buys a huge number of textbooks. Textbook mfrs keep costs low by printing limited number of versions of text books. Therefore TX BoE has significant influence on the content of textbooks that are used nationwide. For some reason (seperation of church 'n state? I forget now), the religious right wants to deemphasize TJ's contributions to the creation of the US because his views don't conform to their preferred view of history.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

apparently Rick Perry and Cynthia Dunbar believe that Phyliss Sclaffley is more important to this country than Thomas Jefferson. Go figure.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Well so she has decided to go back on here promise to resign eh? I put this in the same hypocritical camp as Rush who threatened to move to Costa Rica if Health Care passed. Seems both are hypocrites, but for Republicans what is new there.

Posted by: RedRat | March 31, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"that is an interesting twist on reality as the Dallas Morning News has reported that numerous major KBH contributors are now making large contributions to the Bill White campaign as R moderates claim to be sick to death of secessionist Perry and his Dunbar crowd and their disturbing views of Thomas Jefferson. Perry is going to be term limited in Nov"

I was not aware that anyone read the DMN any longer. Mayor White during the primary shot himself in his foot when he came to Dallas and stated "I fully support the entire Obama agenda including HCR." Many Texans speak of seceding from the Union, it does not mean that Texas will. As we just went through the primary season, there is no one from either party qualified to lead Texas, including Mayor White, if democrats were serious about the governor seat in Texas they would not have waited until the last min to persuade someone to run from their party. Republicans had a clear choice, we made it. Senator lose to the toll road debate, we need to move this traffic in Texas, Perry understands that, others do not.

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

What's all this about Jefferson being written out of textbooks?

Posted by: DDAWD | March 31, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"Senator Hutchison and her supporters have thrown all their support behind Governor Perry, as has most independents and republicans in the Great State of Texas!"

that is an interesting twist on reality as the Dallas Morning News has reported that numerous major KBH contributors are now making large contributions to the Bill White campaign as R moderates claim to be sick to death of secessionist Perry and his Dunbar crowd and their disturbing views of Thomas Jefferson. Perry is going to be term limited in Nov.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Shrink
"It makes me the more mad because the RNC is such a disaster. In a time when Rs are far more vulnerable than they think, the DNC is MIA."

The RNC's disintegration is why the DNC has kept such a low profile. When your political opponent is imploding you should sit back and let it happen. The DNC is stock piling money right now and they will unleash it in about two months time as the primaries start to resolve themselves.

I will say that I also miss Dean, but he didn't make any friends when he came out against the HCR plan. And if Kaine were smart he would support the 50-state strategy no matter who thought it up. It was a great idea four years ago and is the same now.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 31, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Repeal this:

" Washington (CNN) -- President Obama won a key concession from the health insurance industry Tuesday as the main lobby group said providers would comply with new regulations that will prevent the denial of coverage for children due to pre-existing conditions.

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the president of America's Health Insurance Plans -- Karen Ignagni -- said the nation's insurance companies would not try to find loopholes in the new health care law.

Sebelius had sent a letter to Ignagni on Monday warning against any efforts by health insurers to avoid the new law's intent to halt the industry practice of denying coverage for children with pre-existing conditions.

In response, Ignagni's letter said the industry would fully comply with regulations being drafted by Sebelius to implement the new law.

The provision involving coverage for kids takes effect on September 23, six months after Obama signed the bill into law, Sebelius said."

I'm liking Sebelius.

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Of course she went back on her word to resign - she's a Republican! Besides, as a Republican, she already knows she doesn't have to work for her salary and benefits. They've already pledged to do nothing this year. No different than last year.

Funny how they're all so worried about the deficit now. Sure didn't pipe up when Georgie Boy as play acting as President.

Posted by: capone1 | March 31, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Best job she ever had... people are forced to her self-important whining and endless jibberish. But consistent with the repuglicans, Senator Toe Tapper in Minnesota, Ensign in Nevada and Governor in South Carolina. Background band on the Titanic that is sunk.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | March 31, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Senator Hutchison will stay in the Senate and represent Texas as she she as done so very well. The Senator pledge that if she won the primary for governor she would resign her Senate seat, she did not, and most Texans voted Perry so we could keep our two republican seats in the out of control, socialist senate. Senator Hutchison and her supporters have thrown all their support behind Governor Perry, as has most independents and republicans in the Great State of Texas!

Posted by: bconner1 | March 31, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

bobbywc writes
"in every state where a Dem is being targeted by the Repubs they need to run ads now - "Is this the future you want for your kids - Thomas Jefferson author of the Declaration of Independence being taken out of textbooks? Why is the Republican Party not denouncing this?"


I like it. Good questions & good ad.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

St Louis leader of TeaBag movement calls for repeal of Social Security last night on Larry King. That is interesting on 2 fronts: 1. A large number of their members are actually on SS and Medicare.
2. Curious if that toxic political message is now starting to scare off GOP calls to repeal HC. Can't see how calling to repeal SS or Medicare will be popular GOP play to Fla, Pa and Arizona seniors, but heck we have heard dumber things before from that crowd.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Kaine really is mia, or doa, nary a peep. I miss Dean too.

obama must understand by now that the last thing Rs want is bipartisanship -- they want anger, they want conflict. Their base wants blood.

Someone noticed how many 'creatively' spelled signs there were at bagger events and created 'Teabonics' -- funnee.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pargon/sets/72157623594187379/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pargon/sets/72157623594187379/

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"It is clear to me that the stakes in our nation's capitol have never been higher," said Hutchison at a press conference announcing her decision. "President Obama's victory on health care legislation has emboldened those who want an even bigger and more intrusive federal government."

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who needs this junk? This is what Orwell called duckspeak. I picture a metal box Witt a crank sticking out one side. Turn the crank, out comes this tired Reaganspeak. This junk was already obsolete before Katrina but is vastly out if step since.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 31, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Texas political sites challenged the veracity of KBH's pledge from the moment it was made not just a few weeks ago like CC. Her hemming and hawing about resigning was likely am important factor why KBH started sinking in the polls by early Dec 2009. Bill White knew on December 4, 2009 and likely weeks before that KBH would not keep her promise to resign her Senate seat. My querry: If Bill White and Texans knew she would not keep her word in November 2009, why is this now news 4 months later to CC?

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Dean is that he ran the DNC as a separate power center. That's fine when the other side holds the presidency. When you do, the President is the spokesman. Kaine has a different style than Dean, but one more suitable to the current job description. Consider an iceberg. [This is one for EE "Doc" Smith fans.]

I think Kaine would have been a better pick than Biden, I also rated Biden below Clinton, Warner, as well as Kaine. He was a pick designed to add some experience and blue collar connections to the ticket. I think Obama should have gone all in with Hillary. Then again, not picking Hillary led to the ridiculous Palin choice. Scary for a few weeks, then faded under the Kleiglights.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 31, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

KAY TO STAY? Obama just "drilled" his base -- again.

News Item: OBAMA OKAYS DRILLING JUST 50 MILES OFFSHORE FROM EAST COAST AND GULF BEACHES.

• Off-VA site could be drill-ready in as little as a year.

WAIT -- I HAVE A VISION:

It's the height of the 2012 presidential campaign. President Obama, his coffers overflowing with a new infusion of oil money, is fighting for his political life, trying to retain his party's razor-thin majority in Congress. (The 2010 elections saw major GOP gains.)

And then comes the news flash: An off-Virginia drill rig platform suffers a pipeline break, and a giant oil slick washes up on the East Coast's family beaches, from Virginia to Jersey and all points in between. The thick, oozing oil results in a massive fish and bird kill; clogs inlets and storm sewer outlets; ruins beaches; and destroys a multimillion-dollar tourist economy.

The New York Post publishes a cartoon depicting President Obama as an oil-soaked East Coast shore bird, unable to fly, his "wings" fouled with a thick coat of oil.

The Obama camp calls it racist. Environmentalists get it.

An investigation can't rule out sabotage, but administration officials also float the idea that the pipeline may have been constructed with cheap, inferior bolts and nuts imported from China.

President Obama promptly announces the formation of a commission intended to impose strict new government regulations on the quality of Chinese fasteners.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins the presidential election in a landslide -- a Republican tidal wave that the pundits attribute to Obama's decision to open the East and Gulf Coasts to offshore drilling.

Sarah Palin is spotted trying to hide a telling smirk; her "drill, baby, drill!" strategy has yielded what some might call unintended consequences.

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== Has President Obama Been Targeted for Silent Microwave Entrainment? ==

This is not a joke. Please read the "comments" section of the following article by a mainstream journalist who has exposed the U.S. government's covert cell tower- based domestic microwave "directed energy weapon" attack system -- being used to assault "targeted" U.S. citizens with damaging, debilitating microwaves and other radio frequencies:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "U.S. Silently..." and "Gestapo USA").

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 31, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Dean's '50-state-strategy' was the closest thing they've had; Kaine doesn't seem to be maintaining that program. What's Kaine up to these days, anyway?"

Good question! I've said it before and I'll say it again, one of Obama's early mistakes was dismantling the combative but effective Dean. He probably thought of it as an early step toward bipartisanship, who knows, but look where that ended up. The Clintons were right about politics being a contact sport.
It makes me the more mad because the RNC is such a disaster. In a time when Rs are far more vulnerable than they think, the DNC is MIA.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 31, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

@leichtman - I don't know why you thought this was news to CC. He's pretty much been posting skeptically about KBH resigning her seat for weeks. It's even referenced in the post: "as primary day drew closer and it became more and more apparent she would come up short, conventional wisdom congealed around the idea that she would ultimately go back on her word for two reasons."

Now, the fact that she finally decided to stay in the Senate IS news. Not big news, but definitely political news. A lot can happen between now and 2012. Maybe the horse will sing.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 31, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, this is where we need presidential leadership - in every state where a Dem is being targeted by the Repubs they need to run ads now - "Is this the future you want for your kids - Thomas Jefferson author of the Declaration of Independence being taken out of textbooks? Why is the Republican Party not denouncing this?

Any Republican who denounces what is happening in Texas will feel the wrath of the extreme right in their state -

It is time to put them on the defensive - stop this game play of being on the offensive - fight fight fight

Posted by: bobbywc | March 31, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

bobbywc writes
"If properly played I believe the Dems can actually hit 61 Senators in November - stop the BS we are victims and fight fight fight"

Dems generally don't have the kind of message control & discipline it would take for that kind of national campaign. Dean's '50-state-strategy' was the closest thing they've had; Kaine doesn't seem to be maintaining that program. What's Kaine up to these days, anyway?

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I believe that KBH cares only for herself and cares not a bit for the people she should be working for in Texas. That is a shame and perhaps it is representative of the spirit of the Republican Party. Texas politics are deep down in the muck. Our kids are uneducated. About 33 percent do not graduate high school. Those who do graduate still cannot get decent jobs since they cannot read or do math proficiently. Republican policies have not been good for Texas.

Posted by: ThelmaMcCoy | March 31, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I believe that KBH cares only for herself and cares not a bit for the people she should be working for in Texas. That is a shame and perhaps it is representative of the spirit of the Republican Party. Texas politics are deep down in the muck. Our kids are uneducated. About 33 percent do not graduate high school. Those who do graduate still cannot get decent jobs since they cannot read or do math proficiently. Republican policies have not been good for Texas.

Posted by: ThelmaMcCoy | March 31, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

No one should be surprised by this. She's a politician. They don't leave unless they are forced out.. they have all those cushy healthcare benefits and stuff that the rest of us don't get.

And in other news, HCR passed and the world did not end...

March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Consumers in the U.S. gained confidence in March as the gloom over job prospects began to lift, indicating employment will be central to preserving the recent acceleration in spending.

'The Conference Board’s confidence index rose to 52.5, exceeding the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, from 46.4 in February, according to figures today from the New York research group. Home prices unexpectedly rose in January for an eighth month, data also showed.'

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

She must have been terrified at the prospect of NOT living off the taxpayers for once in her life.

Posted by: gmcduluth | March 31, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Are there more Texans posting here than any other group - lets take a poll

Brownsville here - I am curious to measure the response from all parts of Texas

Posted by: bobbywc | March 31, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

curious why Hutchinson's annoucement is news to Cillizza. Everyone here in Texas including Bill White, who knows anything about KBH or Texas R politics knew KBH would break her pledge the minute she made it. This may be news in DC but certainly not surprising here in Texas. As Biden would say this is no bfd.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

""California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R) sent a letter to her supporters yesterday in honor of the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which she described as a time where "we break bread and spend time with our families and friends"

LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 31, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

This should be seen as an opne by the Dems to go after KBH, Snowe and Collins for getting in bed with the far right leadership in the Senate -

Washington is so misunderstanding the impact the far right is having in states like Texas - they are scaring the rational middle - the middle will either stay home in November or vote Dem.

Think about it - the Texas Board of Education wants to take Jefferson off the list of critical thinkers who helped form the revolution - these people have gone over the edge.

the Dems are playing this all wrong - they need national commercials exposing these nutjobs in Texas as the Republcan Party the Senate wants for the people -

If properly played I believe the Dems can actually hit 61 Senators in November - stop the BS we are victims and fight fight fight

Posted by: bobbywc | March 31, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

kls1, I disagree. I think she can definitly change her image if she does something like work with someone like Russ Feingold or Tom Udall on something BIG like bipartisan Entitlement reform/debt reduction fix.

Plus in 6 months most people won't even remember that she made the promise.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 31, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Another Snowe and Collins, you must be kidding, she has become an integral part of the reliably right wing John Cornyn R party. And curious why anyone would think that 2 years more is enough for her unless Perry decides to run for her seat after he loses this Nov.
But for that matter who trust Olympia Snowe any longer as being anything other than another reliable Mitch McConnel R shill.

another GOP idiotic comment:

"California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R) sent a letter to her supporters yesterday in honor of the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which she described as a time where "we break bread and spend time with our families and friends"

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 31, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is back inside the beltway where she enjoys federal government sponsored entitlement programs.

Posted by: whocares666 | March 31, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"She can now use the next two years to rebuild that image and burnish her legacy."

No. This sentence is annoying. She has proven she can't think ahead. She's clearly not qualified to lead and she'll never undo the damage of "oops, well, I changed my mind."

Posted by: kls1 | March 31, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

You should keep your word KBH. Whoops, I forgot, you are a republican.

Posted by: smtpgirl08 | March 31, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

You should keep your word KBH. Whoops, I forgot, you are a republican.

Posted by: smtpgirl08 | March 31, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

You should keep your word KBH. Whoops, I forgot, you are a republican.

Posted by: smtpgirl08 | March 31, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

bsimon1, I am also interested to see what form KBH's last two years will take.

It is in the nature of legislators in their 40s and 50s to want to reform government. I don't think taht impuls is there when you getinto your 60s and 70s. The tendency is to like things the way they are because you understand them and they you can work them.

I often look at people like McCain and Specter and say think how differently they could be traversing this time if they had said to themselves "I won't run again, I'm not raising money, I will do what I think is right from now on." I think McCain would be the maverick he used to be, instead of the cowering party-line guy he has become, and Specter might be rallying the old-time Republican moderates to be a voice together in the Senate. Only ego makes a person in their late 70s and 80s think they can re-up and be effective.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 31, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"First, resigning her seat in the wake of a loss would be an unsatisfying end to a political career that some believed might ultimately end in the White House."

Really? The White House? Who are these "some"? And have they seen and heard KBH?

Posted by: publius1 | March 31, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Now remember KBH was indicted for actions taken as an elected official for Texas. On the day of trial the elected DA Ronnie Earle took the case away from the assigned DA, he announced ready and picked a jury - after the jury was seated Judge Onion ordered Ronnie Earle to call his first witness - Ronnie Earle refused to call any witnesses at which point Judge Onion ordered the jury to find KBH not guilty - he later stated that in his entire career he had never seen anything like it. The Quorum Report provide KBH husband documents which showed Earle's office had used some 100k to help Ann Richards in her campaign against Clayton Williams - KBH took these documents to Earle and as they say the rest is history.

I have in my home the documents which KBH husband faxed to my home. He was seeking my advice as to their meaning. I had previously contacted KBH over previous unethical conduct by Earle in a case against a Lloyd Williams

The story was never investigated because as a woman KBH was an untouchable

Anyone can go to the archives of the Austin American Statesman and see the real story -

Posted by: bobbywc | March 31, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I doubt this comes as a surprise to anyone who's been following the TX Gov's race. Seems to me she pledged to resign when she thought she would easily win first the Repub nomination, then the general election.

I will be curious to see how she votes. Toe the line, or start emulating Snowe & Collins?

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

KBH barely avoided indictment several years ago for her shady behavior, and her husband was a principal in Enron's law firm, the one that helped Ken Lay and Jeff Skillings undertake one of the most corrupt firms in uS history and a Bush favorite ("Kenny Boy".)
But like Richard Nixon, Texas has gone now seen one of its disgusting pols take on the sheen of being preferable to the newly elected alternative, Gov. Perry - the one who talked up the idea of Texas seceding from the US. Phil Gramm (father of the financial deregulation that caused the CDO,CDS pyramid), Tom Abramoff Delay, Dickie Armey (father of the ever unhappy Tea Party nuts and vice chair of tax cheating UBS), the various Bushes, aand on and on as it only gets worse. Go for it Kay; maybe a normal reality based person can win it in two more years!

Posted by: enough3 | March 31, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I can't say I am suprised, but I am somewhat disappointed that she didn't keep to her pledge, but maybe now she will be more willing to work with the other side to come up with some moderate solutions for a wider range of issues. There is nothing scarier to the powers that be than a politician who is a true Lame Duck and is jaded. (See Bunning in KY)

I also wonder how this will effect the Governor's race. It would be a nice screw you to Perry if she comes out and endorses Bill White.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 31, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The GOP should stop complaining about entitlement when KBH feels she is entitled to stay in the Senate after making the pledge to resign from the Senate. What kind of example is she setting by not resigning? Hypocracy?

Posted by: rogden71 | March 31, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The regulars know I have no use for KBH. Just trying to admit to my bias upfront. I think she is politically dead in Texas. She promised to resign last year and did not because her internal polling showed she was in trouble - the right in Texas has gone extreme right - this will push the middle to stay home or vote Democrat.

KBH needs to be watched at the national level because in terms of elections in far right states (remember our Texas Board of Education just removed Jefferson as a major figure of the revolution over his discontent with organized religion.) this could mean doom for the Republicans - the middle in Texas is never going to put up with it - but for now it means Republicans like KBH have no future in far right states.

Posted by: bobbywc | March 31, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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