Just sort of randomly.
- US Senate. John Cornyn won. Now I’ve been relatively pleased with Cornyn as my Senator, so I’m not upset. However, over 40% of primary voters voted against him, on the theory that he is not a conservative or not conservative enough. And I’ll be honest – if a credible challenger had been in the race, I would have considered him/her. But Steve Stockman? Really? The man is a sociopath – though fortunately a non-violent one. And as for Duanne Stovall – he had no money and no name recognition, so the likely outcome was going to be a victory by the Democrat multi-millionaire in the fall. So Cornyn was the safe choice, of not the ideal one. Fortunately, Texas Republicans recognized that.
- Harris County Party Chairman. Well, Jared Woodfill will be leaving office soon. I’m sad about that, because I like the guy personally. But I’m much happier that Paul Simpson is our new party chair. I believe that this will improve the county party significantly, both in terms of inclusiveness and fundraising. Jared let one small faction of the party – the SD7 social conservatives – to become the dominant force in Harris County. Paul seeks to include a more diverse array of conservatives and to implement Reagan’s 80% doctrine -- “the person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and ally, not a 20% traitor.” I believe his election will make the Harris County GOP stronger.
- Lt. Governor. Dan Patrick topped the incumbent in the primary and will face him in a runoff. I still think David Dewhurst can win the runoff by appealing to the same group of conservatives who voted for the two eliminated candidates and who voted for John Cornyn in the Senate primary. What’s more, I think it is imperative he do so – a win by Dan Patrick will spell “Lt. Gov. Van De Putte” come November.
- CD 36. I’m unhappy with the results. I really wanted my good friend Dave Norman to be my next congressman. That is not to be. Unfortunately, my choice is between a good conservative who does not live in the district and a guy with a history of corruption who does. As a result, I’ll have to support Ben Streusand for Congress, because the reality is that he is honest and constitutionally eligible for the seat. Brian Babin living in the district does not overcome the sleaze factor.
- Pay-To-Play. Dave Jennings sums the situation with them up quite well. I know a number of precincts (including my own) sought to add the no pay-to-play plank to the platform, and I hope it ends up there. Best of all, these resolutions include a platform authorizing sanctions against candidates and campaigns that my original did not – maybe we can break the backs of Terry “White is Right” Lowry, “Sodomite” Steve Hotze, and Gary Polland.
- Anybody But Pratt. Unfortunately, we don’t have a runoff between Donna Dettamore and Anthony Magdaleno. That would have produced a strong judge in the 311th Family Court. Instead we have a runoff between the criminally incompetent and corrupt incumbent, Denise Pratt, and Alicia Franklin. As a result, my endorsement goes to Franklin, because the families of Harris County deserve better.
- Tea Party. Still alive and well in Texas – which is a good thing.
- Wendy Davis. No votes in 22 counties? Lost 7 counties in the Valley to a pro-lifer with no name recognition? This is what the Democrats call a strong, credible candidate for Governor. That should be proof enough that Texas Democrats have a long way to go before they can be considered “on their way back”. And I’m really hoping that the Democrat runoff results in Davis having to run with Kinky Friedman and Kesha Rogers – which would make it abundantly clear that the Democrat Party in Texas is the party of clowns, extremists, and ignorant fools. But then again, having watched the Death Threat Democrat in action for the last decade, I’ve recognized that for years.
Well, let's see how this all plays out in the coming weeks and months. We still have a lot of time ahead of us, with a lot of possible happenings.