As you may have read by now on various other blogs, we had a blogger conference call with Chris Bell last night. You can read about what we talked about and people's reactions to it at the following locations:
Panhandle Truth Squad, which wins my Best Line of the Week award:
Having lots of Aggies on your side in a political battle is like forming an alliance with Klingons. They're loyal; they'll fight to the death; they might freak you out a little along the way.
All those folks did a fine job of covering what we talked about, so I won't duplicate their efforts. I encourage you to read some or all of their accounts. I feel confident that if you're at all inclined to think that maybe we can do better here in Texas, you'll find lots to like.
I believe that if the 2003 legislative session and the special session fiasco of 2004 didn't make it clear to anyone who's paying attention that there's a serious void of leadership in Austin, this session should remove any lingering doubt. Rick Perry isn't about solving problems, he's there to advance the narrow interests of his base. (Quick, what's Perry's plan for overhauling school finance? Why, gambling and property tax cuts, of course.) Since he'll need their fervent support to survive a primary next year, you can count on more of the same, assuming he can tear himself away from fundraisers long enough to take action on anything.
There's a reason why Rick Perry has never had good approval numbers. The question is whether someone can take advantage of his inadequacies and make the case for a different direction. I think Chris Bell can do that, and I hope you'll give him a chance to make you think so as well. If you're already convinced, you can help out by making a contrbution or by joining in on a house party on June 12. There's sure to be more opportunities soon, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: On a related matter, here's a report from Chris' recent visit to Dallas.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 13, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack