July 03, 2009

Draft Earle : But Paul, we want to win this time!

Barely 72 hours into Draft Earle and so far there has been press coverage all over the state. And now, Burka whose crystal ball seems ever focused on 1994 when it comes to Democratic prospects in Texas, has said it's a dead candidacy. Which is funny coming from someone like Paul 'There's No Way Craddick Loses The Speakership' Burka. Now, we all make mistakes from time to time and I'm no exception. However, instead of focusing on the future and what's possible, Burka focuses on an old battle, namely Earle vs. Hutchison.

What Burka leaves out is the tremendous latitude this affords Team Earle to talk about something KBH doesn't ever want to think about again. Let's be real for a moment and remember that two Texas Grand Juries thought there was enough evidence to indict her. The first time, Sen. Hairdo's attorney got the indictment dismissed on a technicality. The second time resulted in a clusterfuck of an acquittal that rested on the highly questionable decision of a judge in Fort Worth that no one (least of all Burka) seems to remember accurately.

During pre-trial, Judge Onion and Earle clashed over admissibility of evidence that was the nail in Hutchison's coffin. Thinking that the Judge wouldn't allow the evidence and knowing that without it the jury would likely acquit (making it impossible to re-indict her for what she'd done), Earle motioned to dismiss. Judge Onion, in what has to be considered a questionable (at best) act of judicial fiat, empaneled the jury and ordered them to acquit Hutchison, rather than allow the charges dismissed. Keep in mind that the only reason this ended up in Judge Onion's court was that Hutchison's attorney venue-shopped... he wanted THIS judge for a reason.

Judge Onion later claimed he would have allowed the evidence which makes one wonder about his pretrial decision not to rule on it's admissibility. Earle's decision to ask for a dismissal was based exclusively on the prospect of justice being done against an elected official who, evidence indicated, was corrupt. Not some kind of a mistake.

Now, the awesome thing about a Earle v. Hutchison matchup is that there's no Judge Onion this time and once people get to know the REAL Sen. Hutchison, there's no amount of makeup that'll help. That's what 'experts' like Burka are missing. That's a battle that Earle is uniquely positioned to fight and win.

Further, there is once again this idea that Democrats need a moderate, Republican-lite candidate who can convince middle aged white guys in the burbs to vote for a Democrat. We've been trying that for the better part of a decade and hasn't worked. The current crop of candidates in the D primary don't have that combination of balls to the wall brilliance and, in equal measure, grit that sells with Texas voters. Real Texans have been voting for faux Texans for so long, when they see the real thing they'll jump at the opportunity to support them. And that, my friends, is Ronnie Earle, a Democrat who's fiscally conservative, socially libertarian just like the majority of Texans.

As for the Delay prosecution, maybe Burka should take a look at some of Delay's polling numbers statewide. He's pretty roundly reviled among Republicans and Democrats alike because of his links to Abramoff and other lobbyists. Delay is the poster child for what's wrong with Washington and Earle was the man who helped bring him down. And you really think that's going to hurt him with crossover voters? You're kidding me, right?

I've been a part of a statewide race. I know what works and what doesn't. I've seen overfunded candidates lose worse than my guy who was outspent more than 22:1. Needless to say, you learn pretty early on that candidate selection is the important part of a campaign. Oh, sure, money and organization are essential but the initial decision is THE single most important. It's the equivalent of 'making your money on the buy' when flipping a house.

There is such a thing as a natural and Ronnie Earle is one of them. The rest of the players on the field may be impressive in their own spheres, but they suck in this one. Statewide races require a hell of a lot more.

Posted by mcblogger at July 3, 2009 03:50 PM

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Earle/Hutchison steel cage match. Freakin awesome. Bring it. I'd blockwalk Abilene for the man.

Posted by: Captain Kroc [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 5, 2009 06:06 PM

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