Does A GOP Battle In Texas Have National Implications?
Fascinating reading if you mostly saw Bush-43 as a President and not a Governor. Most on the Right came to realize he wasn't very conservative. Five theories are advanced as to why nearly all the Bush folks, including Bush-41, are backing Hutchinson over Perry for the Texas Governorship.
I have to bring this bit to the top. Via Twitter, I noticed that Perry is having a blog meet up of some kind going on. Who's more in step with the times right now?
It’s ironic, perhaps, that all these once-crucial cogs of the well-oiled Bush machine are now publicly backing a candidate who enjoyed her largest lead before she started campaigning. Bushies privately grumble over what they view as Hutchison’s lackluster and risk-averse campaign.
"They see the Rasmussen numbers [that show Perry leading by 10 points],” says Luis Saenz, who managed Perry’s successful 2006 campaign. “[The Bush] people are supposed to be the best. … I think the message is that the Washington bosses don't matter as much anymore.”
Also, would you disagree of Perry's assessment of 43 here?
Then there was the governor’s 2007 appearance at an Iowa house party for Rudy Giuliani. Perry told a living room full of Iowa Republicans that the President was “never, ever” a fiscal conservative. “Wasn't when he was in Texas … I mean, '95, '97, '99, George Bush was spending money."
He continued: “George was never a fiscal conservative. I think people thought he was."
The comments immediately rankled Bushworld, according to McKinnon. And there Perry went, calling the president “George” again.
Then there's the angle of DC insiders now back in Texas, looking to make a living. More likely, it's a combination of things. But the piece is definitely worth a read, even if your interest is more national.
Perhaps this is all mercenary. Many of the political practitioners who went to Washington with Bush 43 have returned to Texas, and millions of dollars in lobbying, consulting and other lucrative employment in the political game are on the line if the governorship changes hands. The big dogs are back, but to regain power means ousting the current team that rules the town.
Members of Team Bush have already made significant gains in starting where they left off: on top. Hughes counts the Speaker of the Texas House as a client, advising him on communications; GOP sources say Rove is a friendly adviser to the Associated Republicans of Texas political action committee. ART, which was big when Bush was governor and dormant in the early aughts, is now restructuring. It will likely funnel millions of dollars to Texas House Republicans just in time for redistricting next session. Now their chosen proxy and personal friend, Hutchison, could be governor. Winning means windfalls; the consultants who win get hired by other prospective candidates.