July 28, 2005
Still no love between Dewhurst and Craddick

So now that the shock of seeing HB2 and HB3 go down in flames has subsided, it's time for the where do they go now stories. It's the usual lot of speculation from the usual sources, but today's installation is good for a couple of laughs as well.

First, we have this quote from Bill Miller:

"Miracle is a precise word that fits perfectly," observed Bill Miller, a consultant with ties to Speaker Tom Craddick, in summing up what it would take to mend political differences the governor and lawmakers haven't been able to resolve despite three previous efforts since last year.

I can't be the only person imagining that he gave this quote in the voice of Miracle Max from The Princess Bride, can I?

Bill Miller: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your special session here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do.

Tom Craddick: What's that?

Bill Miller: Hit up some lobbyists for loose change.

Even funnier is this from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst:

"I don't think there's any question that the governor and I, and I believe the speaker, would like to come out with a good solution on school finance reform," Dewhurst said.

"I'd like to say that there's no question that the speaker would like to come out of this session a good solution on school finance reform, but based on all the evidence I've seen to date, I can't. And I won't. You can't make me!" Dewhurst did not add.

Two words, guys: sine die. You'll feel better afterwards, I promise.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 28, 2005 to Budget ballyhoo | TrackBack