Anna is giving us all a blast from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's past, in the form of various news accounts circa 1993 and 1994, when KBH was first campaigning to be a Senator. All stories contain some variation on the following quote:
"I've always said that I would serve no more than two full terms. This may be my last term or I could run for one more. But no more after that. I firmly believe in term limitations and I plan to adhere to that," Hutchison said.
One-time support for term limits among current (almost exclusively Republican) incumbents is to the Nineties what pot smoking was to the Sixties: everyone who was anyone did it, nobody wants to talk about it now, and when forced to confront it, the accused chuckles nervously, shrugs his or her shoulders, makes vague references to the prevailing culture of the time, and changes the subject as quickly as possible.
Since the upcoming 2006 election is often compared in the news to the 1994 campaign, I think it would make for an interesting story for someone to ask all of these people why they're not holding themselves to that promise they made back in those heady days of yore. I don't support term limits, so I'm not exactly unhappy that they've fallen from favor, but hey, a promise is a promise, and as one challenger to a term-limits supporter put it:
[Zach] Wamp’s Democratic foe in Tennessee’s 3rd District, Terry Stulce, says he is running to “help Zach keep his word on at least one promise he made in 1994.”
Stulce - an Army veteran, social worker and first-time candidate - concedes that many voters are willing to overlook a broken term limit pledge, but he says the issue is a moral barometer. “You can’t say, ‘Okay, that was 12 years ago and things have changed and now I can’t leave even though I promised.’ I think it’s more about character,” Stulce said.