Following her impressive performance on NBC's "Meet the Press" April 4, Bush adviser Karen Hughes's friends and supporters in both Washington and Texas started quietly boosting her for governor of Texas in 2006.
Gov. Rick Perry, who succeeded to the governorship in 2000 when Gov. George W. Bush became president, has indicated he will seek another term. But Perry has many enemies, and the word in Texas political circles is that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison could challenge him for the Republican nomination.
Conservative activists do not consider Hughes one of them and are not talking about her for governor. However, Republican insiders who are not fond of either Perry or Hutchison are starting to promote Hughes, a former television journalist who never has run for public office.
I'm constantly seeing that "Republican insiders" are not fond of Perry, but they are never named. Whatever his faults, one wonders how GOP "insiders" so dislike a governor who held the line on taxes (see Virginia for the approach he could have taken), who engaged a difficult redistricting battle at some political cost to himself but of definite benefit to the party, and who's pushing property tax reform. I guess that's why I'm just a GOP rambler and not an "insider" eh?
1. They just don't. Whoever said this was a rational process? Maybe the "insiders" think he has an annoying laugh, or maybe they're all allergic to Bryl-Creem, or maybe they're all mad because he chose to sit with that slut Janey at lunchtime instead of Cassidy who's been his bestest friend since, like, forever. My point is that pettiness and backstabbing have sunk better politicians than Rick Perry.
2. They're reading the tea leaves, which is to say Perry's generally lousy approval ratings, and are at the least keeping their options open. Polls of Republican voters have shown Perry losing a primary race to Kay Bailey Hutchison, so it's not necessarily just "insiders" who don't much care for him. I suspect you'll learn quite a few names of those "insiders" if KBH announces that she's running for Governor in 2006.
3. Maybe, just maybe, some of them think he's a crappy Governor with misplaced priorities and that all he did last session was push state responsibilities onto cities and counties. I know, I know, the Tooth Fairy is more likely to exist than these hypothetical Republicans, but hey, I said I was speculating.
For what it's worth, I don't believe this theory about Karen Hughes. Maybe if we knew for a fact that Rick Perry was not going to run for reelection in 2006, I could see her explore the possibility. As things stand now, I wouldn't bet on it.
Early last year, Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick called reporters together to talk up legislation on home insurance.
The event went smoothly until Dewhurst edged past his colleagues and captured the limelight by forecasting a drop of up to 18 percent in insurance rates.
Perry leaned toward Craddick and whispered, "Open mouth, insert foot."
A few weeks later, Dewhurst failed to arrive for a weekly leadership breakfast with Perry, Craddick and Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. There had already been an expression of discomfort from Dewhurst over Perry's decision to invite Strayhorn to the meetings.
Perry vowed to send out state troopers to "drag his ass in here."
At the time, the asides circulated as evidence of the unsettled relationship between the leaders and a reminder that even when officials share goals and advantages — such as Republican majorities in the House and Senate — personal relationships can be slippery.