Campaign 2006, Washington Post analysis


The Washington Post’s analysis of the Texas Governor’s race comes to this conclusion:

…Friedman has garnered state and nation-wide attention for his candidacy and Perry has the advantage of the incumbency in raising publicity, but Strayhorn, and especially Bell, have suffered from lack of name recognition. However, Strayhorn is the only other candidate besides Gov. Perry to raise over a million dollars in campaign contributions, which is a key factor in a huge state like Texas. Perry should be reelected easily enough in November, but with such a host of unique alternatives Election Day should be interesting nonetheless.

(emphasis added by yours truly) Click HERE for the full story, including info on all the candidates, Texas demographic data and previous election results in Texas.

So how can we prevent another win for Perry? Do you think it’s still worthwhile spending millions and millions of dollars knowing full well the chances are slim for winning? What could provide the tipping point? How to get more votes and how many more votes than Perry would Strayhorn need? Is this a matter of getting people registered to vote who normally wouldn’t? What?



2 thoughts on “Campaign 2006, Washington Post analysis

  1. Hello Ingrid and other Indy Texans, Linda Curtis, here from the road. I’ve been in 12 cities in the last two weeks attending public hearings about the Trans-Texas Corridor – Perry’s mega-special interest $184 billion NAFTA toll road boondoggle. Farmers and ranchers are up in arms — as they stand to have their land taken (over 1 million!), through a development agreement kept secret for over 16 months and counting with CINTRA — the Spanish toll road consortium. As a result, there’s an independent political revolt going on amongst farmers and ranchers who were sold out by both parties on this Corridor deal.

    Here’s my take on the Texas gubernatorial race. This race in the eyes of the nation, as political pundits have begun predicting the emergence of a major independent presidential candidate or party in 2008. Independent Texans is part of a national movement of independents, mostly without a party, hoping to make clear through Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s independent gubernatorial candidacy in Texas this year, that voters will continue going independent and are getting politically savvy, not to mention impatient.  

    I appreciate Kinky Friedman’s efforts and his truthfulness.  But, for me — and many of the organizers and activists of the Texas independent movement — independent politics has gone beyond the protest.  And we know that truth doesn’t get you the power to change anything.  We’re really all about power now — we want the power to clean up and open up Texas politics. 

    As far as Chris Bell and the Democratic Party are concerned, we remain uninspired and unimpressed by party regulars who continue to refuse to take on the issue of political reform.  Where is Bell on giving Texans the right to initiative & referendum, an independent non-partisan redistricting process, and fair access to the ballot for all candidates and parties?  No where, and that’s where we see his campaign going. (See details on our Fair Elections for Every Texan political reform package below.)

    The Libertarian candidate, James Werner, is a nice guy, but was unmoved by the — I believe — compelling argument to be made to us “outsider” voters.  We need a unified independent movement in this election to bust up the two-party monopoly.  Libertarians could have kept their gubernatorial slot open as a signal to independent and Libertarian voters to unseat the corruption sitting in the Governor’s office otherwise known as Rick Perry, by casting a vote for the Grandma.  But, for now, the Libertarian Party seems more interested in their party than the overall independent movement to bust up the two parties.  In my view, this tactical error will continue to marginalize the Libertarians.  I take a similar take on our friends in the Green Party.  

    An open, fair and competitive political process is what the doctors of democracy have ordered for this political moment in American politics.  In the 2006 Texas election, it’s going to take One Tough Grandma and a whole lot of feisty independents to make that happen.   Go Granny Go!  

  2. Linda, travel fatigue? It does not sound like it! I figured I’d open the floor for Q&A to get some commenting going. It is interesting to see how the rest of the country views the TX race. Btw.. I will try to call you tomorrow re. the questions you had re. the blog..stay safe on the road!

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