Some more linkage from the weekend that I missed the first time around...
Your party's leaders are brawling like gunslingers. If word gets out that Republicans can't govern in the reddest of red states, how can they govern anywhere?
As head of the national party, you need to pay attention to Texas. It's not pretty, especially with 2006 elections on the horizon. You can hear the ads now:
Republicans can't even govern George W. Bush's home state.
We recommended some of these leaders for office, and we're beginning to wonder why. If something doesn't change, Republicans are going to have a tough time explaining why they should govern here – and elsewhere.
More interesting to me is that bit about endorsements, something the Chron touched on a few days ago. I know both the Chron and the DMN endorsed Rick Perry for Governor in 2002. I'm filing away what they're saying now so I can compare them to the We Recommend pieces they'll be penning next October. Will their words next year give substance to their complaints here and now? We shall see.
Also via the Eye is another piece examining the potential electoral fallout from Special SessionPalooza. It's not unreasonable to believe that the voters for the most part won't stay mad for 15 months, but there is another way in which we may see higher turnover next year: retirements.
Some representatives could lose to strong opponents. Others, sick of spending so much time away from their jobs and families while fighting a fruitless battle in Austin, are simply burned out and considering retirement. Still others, including three House GOP committee chairmen, have announced plans to seek higher office.
With more than six months until the primaries, at least 11 House members have already drawn primary opponents who are current or former school officials in a perfect position to beat the drum on school finance. In [Rep. Jim] Pitts' district, some superintendents are already showing support for his opponent, Duke Burge of Midlothian.
Dozens more members are certain they will draw opponents as well. And nearly a dozen House committee chairmen – most of them Republicans – are thought to be considering retirement.
We can, however, thank the Legislature for passing legislation to put an end to the growing problem of out-of-control cheerleader routines. We dodged the bullet on that one.