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Let’s see what the GOP is up to these days.  Their CPAC just gave Cong. Ron Paul their straw poll while Newt, Governor Palin, Barbour, Daniels, and Huckabee all scored in single digits – huh!  I watched some of the speeches of the contenders and I just don’t see any of them matching up with The President.

The GOP congressional leadership gave The President good marks on how he handled Egypt while the GOP wannabees said The President mishandled Egypt.

The GOP congressional leadership has not gotten a handle on their new members.

In this weekend’s SA Express News, their columnist spanked Hutch.  This is how the column started:

Given U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s role as a female trailblazer, it’s disappointing that when it comes to the DREAM Act, Hutchinson is on the wrong side of history.  

Here is the column.   I’m telling you, Hutch still hasn’t gotten over the political whupping from Guv Dude. 

Meanwhile, respected GOP U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham is going to San Antonio to speak to the SA Hispanic Chamber on the subject of kick starting immigration reform.

My pal Jay Root has an AP piece on the state’s budget problems.  Here is a part of the article:

Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, said voters in his district are beginning to hear about the cuts and are calling his office flummoxed. Taking a swipe at Perry, Keffer said many of them had been listening to the governor’s lofty campaign rhetoric and now see a different reality.

"I’m getting a lot of emails and phone calls from people who are surprised that we even have a budget problem at all based on what his campaign looked like," Keffer said. "There’s a lot of people waking up to the fact that we have, not just a little deficit, but a big bear."

Here is the AP article.  If you ask me, Rep. Keffer is being a bit disingenuous.  He claims to be a leader but just sat on his hands while Dude went around the state and painted a rosy picture last year.

It is Day 35 of the legislative session and Dude still won’t show me the sanctuary cities.

The ‘Stros will open Spring Training without Geoff Blum wearing the brick red.  Blum will be wearing the Sedona red instead.  Blum played for the ‘Stros in 2002-2003 and in 2008-2010.  After the 2003 season, the “Stros traded him to Tampa Bay. Who did we get in return?

I guess some of us had the wrong take on Rep. Boris Miles and his committee assignment.  Here’s what Robert Miller updated on Friday:

UPDATE: I previously listed Rep. Boris Miles in the penalty box. That was incorrect: Rep. Miles requested appointment to Agriculture & Livestock.

According to Robert, Rep. Miles requested to be on Agriculture & Livestock.  He is working on an urban farming initiative.

OK – we got it.

The detailed census numbers will be released this week so let the redistricting games begin!

Tampa Bay sent over Brandon Backe of course for Geoff Blum.  Backe is no longer in the game.

Commentary watched the Grammys last night just so I could see how much I don’t know about today’s music world.    They ought to make it a broadcasting law that whenever Zimmerman sings, they ought to close caption it. 

Speaking of the Kiss Kam, can you imagine how it is going to come across on the huge new HD video board at The Yard this season? 

 

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If you are going to accept the front runner status label for the 2012 GOP U.S. Senate race, you can’t afford to screw up right off of the bat because your opponents will see this as a weakness and your Achilles Heel.  That’s what happened to The Lite Guv yesterday during his speech after taking the oath of office.    The reviews were bad.  He spoke too long.  It was more of a campaign kick-off speech rather than a statesman-like address.  He doesn’t look like he’s running a smart campaign.

He might start thinking about getting some new campaign consultants if you ask me. 

Here is what Chron.com said:

For Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on this gray, chilly morning, the problem was knowing when to quit……As Dewhurst droned on and on – 2,318 words in all, according to my colleague R.G. Ratcliffe – his listeners standing on the Capitol’s south lawn began to shuffle their feet, talk to their neighbors, check their cell phones. "Everybody standing out here voted for him," Jon Weems of Marble Falls said. "Why doesn’t he get off the stage?"

After Dewhurst pilloried Washington yet again – and again – Weems had his answer: "Oh! He’s beginning his senate campaign today!"

Here is what the Star-Telegram said:

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst droned for 27 minutes about patriotism, freedom, Texas cattle, oil, cotton and his mama.

Here is what Burkablog said:

I thought Governor Dewhurst’s speech was all wrong. It was too long, too partisan, too campaign oriented. He had one foot off the platform on the way to Washington.

Sometimes the things he said made no sense at all. Speaking of the early settlers, he said, “Those men and women who made their way to Texas, who settled these unforgiving plains, who sought neither a handout nor a stimulus check — they simply sought freedom.”

Oh, please. Was Stephen F. Austin oppressed in Missouri? Was Davy Crockett in debtors’ prison in Tennessee? Did Jim Bowie face constant harassment in Arkansas? Nobody came to Texas for freedom. They came for cheap land and the chance to make a better life for themselves. Texas is not about noble ideals. It’s about making money.

The Lite Guv’s opponents are definitely going to seize upon his bumbling start.  The Lite Guv in turn will try to make this up by heading farther right this legislative session.  Maybe he’s not going to be so strong of a candidate after all.

I guess maybe we should have picked up on this last week when he first said he would wait before getting into the race then a few hours later he decided to jump in. 

“TEXAS M0NTHLY” today came out with “25 people who have the most influence in Texas politics.”  Check them out:  Steve Ogden, Jim Pitts, Rick Perry, Jay Kimbrough, Dave Carney, Bill Hammond, Dick Trabulsi, Brooke Rollins, Scott McCown, Dan Patrick, Michael Quinn Sullivan, Tom Suehs, Bob Perry, Steve Mostyn, Al Armendariz, Alonzo Cantu, Bill Powers, Woody Hunt, Charles Butt, Pat Robbins, Mike Toomey, Rusty Kelley, Buddy Jones, Bill Miller, Brint Ryan.

Getting no respect include Latino elected officials, The Dean, African American elected officials, the Texas House Speaker, Women, and Commentary.

I would mention the Lite Guv but his performance yesterday gets him off the list. 

‘Stros Skipper Brad Mills wears the number 2.  Name the MLB Hall of Famer that once wore the number 2 for the ‘Stros?

My Best Friend said yesterday that R. Sargent  Shriver was a “Great American.”  I agree.  He got the Peace Corp, Head Start, and the “War on Poverty” off of the ground.  When he ran for President back in 1976, My Best Friend and I and a few others took a month off and drove up to New Hampshire to help out.  We didn’t win but it was an honor to be a part of his effort. 

It’s Day 8 of the legislative session and Guv Dude still hasn’t shown me the sanctuary cities!

The late Nellie Fox of course wore the number 2 as a player and as a coach from 1964-1967.  By the way, Brad Mills is celebrating his 54th BD today.  Happy Birthday Skipper!

 

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I don’t think anyone was surprised to hear Hutch’s announcement yesterday that she’s not running in 2012.  After last year’s arse whupping by Guv Dude, she was pretty much left as road kill, so much so that the Tea Baggers were already circling whatever was left of her political carcass and picking away.   Now Hutch will spend the next 23 months going around the state and picking up all these meritorious service plaques from local chambers of commerce, Rotary Clubs, Pachyderm Clubs, and trade associations, blah, blah, blah.   I will be real disappointed if any Latino organizations steps up to give her any positive recognition after she screwed over The DREAMERS.

Meanwhile, the race to replace her in the GOP has already begun.  Two things are certain in the GOP race.  There will be a lot of Tea Bagger arse kissing and there will be an abundance of Latino bashing.

Here is a bit from today’s Chron:

"Senators come and go. Leaders never die," said Alberto P. Cardenas Jr., an attorney with Vinson & Elkins and former general counsel to Hutchison. "Since her first day representing Texans in the U.S. Senate, Kay Bailey Hutchison has served, led, delivered, inspired and earned our respect."

I think Beto’s praise is way over the top if you ask me.   I don’t call walking away from The DREAMERS leadership.

Meanwhile, the GOP race for U.S. Senate will certainly have an impact on the current legislative session.  Stay tuned!

Pitcher Jordan Lyles who is a non-roster invitee to the ‘Stros Spring Training Camp next month was a First Round Supplemental Pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Player Draft taken as the 38th player overall by the ‘Stros.  Name the two players on the current ‘Stros roster that were drafted in Round 1 of the 2008 Draft?

Former State Comptroller John Sharp is the only Dem being mentioned as a candidate for U.S. Senate.  He has between now and March of 2012 to figure out how he will respond to being labeled Obama/Sharp. 

Catcher Jason Castro of course was drafted by the ‘Stros in 2008 as the Number 10 overall pick and First Baseman Brett Wallace of course was drafted by the Cardinals in 2008 as the Number 13 overall pick.  Wallace joined the ‘Stros last summer as part of the Roy O. trade. 

Plenty of ‘Stros players and front office folks will be at tonight’s Houston Baseball Dinner at the Hilton Americasand that’s all I have from The Yard.

 

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The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has some choice words today for Hutch for turning her back on The DREAMERS.  Way to go Lisa!

“Hutchison is a lost cause and her lack of integrity on this issue makes Gov. Rick Perry look like a great humanitarian.”

Ouch!

“Hutchison has sold out before. But voting against the nomination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor didn’t really hurt anybody. This is different.”

Take that!

“Texas’ senior senator seems to have undergone the same form of ideological lobotomy that has so relieved Sen. John McCain of his mavericky attributes.”

And that!

I’m telling you, I don’t think Hutch’s corner men had Hutch thoroughly checked out after the bruising she took from Guv Dude this past March.  I don’t think they asked her “how many fingers am I holding up” or “what day is it?” 

This comes from the area of ‘Stros history:  Who is Mike Rosamond?

My buddy Jay Root today has an AP story about another GOP state legislator double dipping, errr having the state and his campaign pay for the same travel expenses.  The GOP fella says he was too busy and didn’t know he was double dipping.  Oh brother!  I’m thinking the Vegas line will set the over/under fine at around $7,500.  Take the over.  The Ethics Commission can always be counted on to stick it to legislators because they write the ethics laws and are supposed to know better.

Mike Rosamond of course was a Gerry Hunsicker MLB Draft first round pick back in 1999.  I bring it up because the ‘Stros passed on homie Carl Crawford who was picked in Round 2 of the 1999 MLB Draft and yesterday inked a 7-year deal worth $142 mil with the Red Sox.  Hunsicker didn’t look so smart with that move if you ask me.  You can check out Carl Crawford on Friday – Sunday, July 1-3, 2011 when the Red Sox visit The Yard for three.   BTW:  Rosamond never made it to the Bigs and isn’t playing baseball these days.

On Chron.com finally some news from The Yard:

The Astros chose two pitchers in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, taking Rays righthander Aneury Rodriguez in the first round and Yankees righthander and Kingwood High School and Rice alum Lance Pendleton in the second round.

Rodriguez, a Dominican who will turn 23 next week, was primarily a starter in a 2010 season spent mostly at Class AAA Durham. He went 7-5 with a 3.71 ERA in his sixth professional season.

Pendleton started for Class AA Trenton and more for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year, going 12-5 with a 3.61 ERA. He was a fourth-round pick of the Yankees in 2005.

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