Here is from Patricia Kilday Hart’s column today:
“This ain’t your father’s Republican Party,” said (Vice President Joe) Biden, to appreciative laughter.
My pal Robert Miller ended his take on June 5 with this:
I am betting that Dewhurst wins the runoff.
Yesterday Robert ended with this:
Although this remains a close and competitive race, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst clearly has his work cut out for him.
Here is Burkablog’s latest:
Buy or sell? I’m buying. The Dewhurst camp ran a lackluster campaign, the fatal decision of which was delivering him into the hands of Rick Perry’s consultants. Nor was it smart to attack Tom Leppert just before the primary. Dewhurst should have won this campaign easily. At a time when no one knew who Ted Cruz was, Dewhurst went on the attack and raised Cruz’s name identification. Now Perry’s neck is on the line as well. If Cruz wins the race, every story will say that Perry endorsed Dewhurst.
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I’m sure that many readers will recall that I have written repeatedly that Dewhurst would win this race. Maybe he will yet, but that’s not where the smart money is right now.
Commentary is certainly not an expert on Lone Star State GOP politics but I’ll certainly give a take. Let’s see now, the Lite Guv has been endorsed by Guv. Dude, all but one of his GOP State Senators is supporting him, he’s the candidate of the “establishment” conservatives, a host of organizations and PACs are backing him, and yet he very well could get his arse handed to him on July 31 – 18 days away.
Oh, and let’s not forget that Hutch decided not to seek reelection because she knew she couldn’t get her own party’s nomination.
A Cruz upset victory would mean that the “establishment” conservatives are no longer in charge of the Lone Star State GOP. The Tea Baggers would be in control – period! This could be a godsend for Lone Star State Dem candidates up and down the ballot.
Bud Kennedy from the Star Telegram has a column today on the impact of a Cruz win. Here is a bit:
If East Texas lawyer Paul Sadler can win his party’s July 31 runoff, he stands ready to pick up support from the 20 percent of Republicans who consider themselves too moderate for Tea.
“There is such a culture of fear in that party, I don’t think any Republican could ever publicly support a Democrat,” Sadler said on his way to raise money in Dallas.
But privately? “More than one” of Sadler’s former fellow Texas House lawmakers has promised to cross party lines and support him, he said.
“I don’t want this to come out as ‘Sadler has a chance if Cruz wins’ because I think I have a good chance anyway,” he said.
No you don’t Representative Sadler. You only have a shot if Cruz is their nominee and the folks running the Lone Star State Dem Party get off their arses and mount a very strategic effort. Here is Kennedy’s entire column.
Of course none of this matters if Dems can’t even get Sadler elected in 18 days. I’m going to make sure all my friends and family are voting for Paul Sadler.
I’m also going to hope that the folks running the Lone Star State Dem Party are working on a contingency plan just in case. Stay tuned!
Three Hall of Fame great pitchers share the record for MLB All Star Game starts with five each. Name the three pitching greats? Sadly, none are still around.
Pasadena CM Ornaldo Ybarra wasn’t able to get another Latino appointed to the Pasadena City Council. Read about it here.
Nice try, CM Ybarra.
Commentary really doesn’t have a lot of respect for the NCAA. It is all about $$$$$ for them. So I really don’t expect them to hand the death penalty to Penn State over the Freeh Report. It would be too much of an inconvenience for Big Ten Schedulers.
Hall of Fame greats Don Drysdale, Lefty Gomez, and Robin Roberts of course each started five MLB All Star games.
I hope they don’t trade Wandy, Brett Myers, J.D. Martinez, Altuve, Justin Maxwell, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris, Jordan Lyles, Scott Moore, Jed Lowrie, or Chris Johnson. We have to build on something as the ten game roadie begins this evening at AT&T Park.