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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, November 02, 2009

Shrewd in Texas

Kay Bailey Hutchison recommends an openly gay man to the Obama administration for the San Antonio US attorneys spot. The article's read on this is "OMG, she's going to lose all the conservatives in the primary."

Way too simple an interpretation. The majority of the anti-gay bigots were going to vote for Perry anyway, so what she's really doing is creating an issue to bring non-traditional Republican primary voters to the polls to vote for her. Texas has an open primary system, meaning that Dems can crossover and vote against Perry, (I did that once already,) and since Perry is so hated in Texas by everyone but the right, and the primary is really the best place to unseat him, see this as an effort to drag a whole bunch of new/non-Republican people to vote in that primary.

Frankly, I think it's some pretty shrewd math.


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