Monday, November 23, 2009

When Is Bill White Off To Greener Pastures?

Now that Kay Bailey Hutchison has all but slammed the door on there being a special election to replace her in the senate, much to the consternation of some on both sides of the political aisle, it appears that the next shoe has dropped.

Today Tom Schieffer dropped out of the gubernatorial race, a race he has been engaged in for a year now.

Now Schieffer, in my humble opinion, didn’t have a snowball’s chance in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks of getting elected governor, any more than he had a chance of getting the nomination in the March primary.

Democrats couldn’t get past his fond friendship with the worst US President . . . ever . . . George W. Bush. Neither, I would hazard to guess, could Republicans who are now looking at the past eight years like they fondly look back on their last toothache.

Schieffer had nowhere to go, and no cash to get him there.

So logically he bailed out. Where it gets interesting is the timing. Now I am of the opinion that the timing is irrelevant because he is out and that is that. But the timing coupled with Schieffer throwing his entire support in the candidacy of Bill White for governor does raise an eyebrow or two.

Especially because Bill White remains mum on what seems obvious to anyone who follows Texas politics: if there is no senatorial race, and there won’t be, what does the soon-to-be former mayor of Houston do now? Really it’s not a case of whether Bill White runs for governor or not, it’s a case of when he will announce it.

My guess is that this pull-out on Tom Schieffer’s part was ill-timed for the Bill White campaign and I would guess that there might be some grinding of teeth in that campaign because one thing you don’t want to do is kick off a new campaign on Thanksgiving weekend.

Not in Texas, anyway.

Not when there are turkeys to be deep-fried in peanut oil.

Not when there are so many football games to watch on TV.

Not when you could drop a thermonuclear bomb on Kilgore, Texas on Thanksgiving and no one would know about it until Monday.

Or Tuesday latest.

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