March 30, 2007

Thanks for the stupid idea. Now here's what we're going to do...

Right from the get-go, there have been whispers and bullshit-a-flying about who is going to run against Corpsyn. It's a gimme seat but you still need the right candidate. You can't have some lamer with a bad, weak, ridiculous strategy. I've heard of two candidates, in particular, that I like. Gallego and Noreiga. I've been hearing over the last few days that Hank may get in the race. I've talked to Hank about it and (having worked with him last year) know that he dislikes Corpsyn with the heat of 1,000 suns.

Hank told me that people have talked to him but that he hasn't made a decision. Honestly, I don't think he'll run as he really wants to be Agriculture Commissioner. However, he also realizes he could do a lot for agriculture in the Senate that isn't being done. Still, my bet is that he's hoping someone with some legislative experience will run. It IS nice to know that if all else fails Hank will step in. God knows, if any Democrat can pull Republicans, it's Hank and out of all the people that have been mentioned so far he has the best name ID and the highest likelihood of sailing through a primary, even without much money. Should he decide to run, he's going to be the one to beat.

That aside, the fact remains that no one has announced yet and summer just around the corner. It's obvious someone needs to step up.

That someone should not be Congressman Nick Lampson. As has been widely reported, the Beltway folks and certain elements in Texas are actively persuading candidates NOT to get into the race. Their preferred candidate is Nick Lampson. The same Nick Lampson who beat a Republican write-in by, what, 10% of the vote? The same Nick Lampson who will more than likely be unable to hold his congressional seat for the Democrats. This is the Nick Lampson they want to run against Corpsyn.

Before you say, 'Hey, McBlogger, these guys are in their positions for a reason. They are bright and they must know something you don't' keep in mind that these are some of the same strategists who brought us resounding Democratic victories in Texas in 1994,1996, 1998, 2002, 2006. The same people who made it impossible for Hank to raise money and only AFTER the election did any of them say 'Hey. He coulda won. Who'd have thunk it?' The same people who decided not to help the other statewide D candidates at all.

Needless to say, their ability to pick good candidates is kinda the suck. And now they've picked Nick Lampson.

The reality is that it's going to take money, buzz and a good candidate for anyone to beat Corpsyn. Nick may have the money, but he's not a good candidate. I've seen him speak and it's frankly uninspiring. Do I think he's a bad guy? No. Do I think he tries to play it safe. Yes, and that's precisely what will help Corpsyn hold his seat. We need someone to run hard, aggressive and right in Corpsyn's face. Someone who will break him down month after month and never let up.

Don't get me wrong. I like Nick. I think he's a great Congressman, probably second only to Austin's Lloyd Doggett in constituent services. His voting record is great and I don't want this to come across as 'bashing Nick Lampson'. It's not bashing to point out that someone would not make a good candidate. That's reality.

A good candidate is someone who doesn't try to play on the fears and worries of the people they're hoping will vote for them. Someone who doesn't pander but instead convinces folks that they're right. Someone who makes a solid case for why they should be elected, as opposed to someone who'll merely work off polling and determine what issues they'll address based on which appear to be the ones most important to voters. Most of the time the most important issues are the ones people don't know about. Issues where they've gotten so used to be screwed they don't think anything better is possible. The candidate who will convince them that better is possible is the one for this race because that's the person who will win. Corpsyn will pander. Let our candidate inspire.

That guy ain't Nick and the consultants pushing this are just plain wrong. We'll be supporting someone else.

Posted by mcblogger at March 30, 2007 02:06 AM

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My advice to our little friends with the lots of money is that the best way to ensure a good candidate runs against your anointed one is to piss off the good candidate!

Posted by: Boobilicious [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 30, 2007 09:17 AM

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