Monday, February 01, 2010

She Just Might

I've been watching the Medina campaign for Governor and have been pleased to see her performances. She has made the other two candidates look like amateurs - and professional politicians. The initial debate wherein the made the usual no-answer answers had the audience groaning audibly.

The Belo debate (vids online) really sealed that. The news channel poll afterward had Medina at 68%, Hutchison at 10 and Perry at 22%. THAT is an amazing feat for a newcomer.

Some of her coming events are here. Her platform is here. My near-anarcho-capitalist nature shuns the vote, it's true. But if one must choose the lesser of evils...well...she seems a good choice.


Yabu (EOTIS) said...

I don't have a dog in this hunt, but I've been paying attention because I know lots of people who do. I'd cast one in her favor if need be.

D.W. said...

This will definitely be a race to watch.

Ed Rasimus said...

There is a lot to watch in the TX governor race, but it shouldn't be happening in the first place.

First, it would be good to note that TX constitutionally has an exceptionally weak governor's office. The Lt. Gov. is a more powerful position. But, folks tend to ascribe more authority and responsibility to a governor than he possesses.

Second it is a cardinal rule of politics that you NEVER challenge an incumbent of your own party. Perry could be re-elected easily if he were not going to be potentially chewed up in a bruising primary. Hutchison could be re-elected to the Sen. easily if she didn't try to move offices. Medina gains traction simply by being an outsider and a spoiler.

Third, one would have hoped that we learned a lesson about electing candidates with minimal experience for senior executive positions.

This is not going to turn out well for TX.

LauraB said...

You bring up very good points as always, Ed. And I have to admit some ignorance on the Lt Gov matter. How is it this has escaped me? A brief glance shows that power structure...

And yes, the unexperienced's true, certainly. But surely there is something to be said for new eyes and a footing in the primacy of private property.

Och, I do wish I had a better mind for this sort of thing. You and Billy...I always feel quite stupified by your mutual genius.

Ed Rasimus said...

It helps to have been a badly bruised candidate for office in a past life as well as to have about 12 years teaching this stuff.