Last summer, TCR's editor on PBS's Red, White & Blue confronted Bill White with the rumors he would switch to the Governor's race, which he denied. Now the shoe drops.
TCR sources have the inside story. White looked at a potential Governor's race early and had decided against it because his polling showed he would have difficulty in beating Kay Bailey Hutchison, whom the White campaign projected as the winner against Rick Perry. Months later, that assumption is no longer there. With polls showing Perry with a ten point lead over Hutchison, White now believes Perry is the odds on favorite to win the GOP nod and his polling tells him Rick Perry (39% two years ago) is beatable, thus the switch.
For conservatives, it is time to review our choices and add to it a new critical consideration - WHO HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN IN NOVEMBER? This is crucial, especially for major counties like Dallas, Tarrant and Harris, where a weak top of the ticket can kill numerous downballot candidates, especially judicial candidates, as occurred in Dallas in 2006 and Harris in 2008.
TCR believes this factor is of paramount importance, outstripping every other issue, because both candidates are significantly more conservative than Bill White and this is a domino race which will impact legislative (House) control, redistricting, and of course, downballot performances. For Republican primary voters, this development trumps all others.
The Proposed GOP Checklist: Is It A Good Idea?
Conservative Republican leaders are proposing a ten-point checklist for GOP candidates to determine adherence to core principles as a way to end warfare over what their party should stand for.
Under the proposed plan, candidates must agree on at least eight principles to get party support and endorsements.
The principles are:
- We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama's "stimulus" bill;
- We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
- We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
- We support workers' right to secret ballot by opposing card check;
- We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
- We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
- We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat;
- We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
- We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
- We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.
What do you think? Does this prove who are conservatives?
Houston Mayor's Race
Shows Conservative Voters Matter
Who would believe it? Two Democratic "non-partisan" candidates for Mayor are spending a lot of time and money seeking conservative voters. This is because in a Democratic city the 40-48% of the vote reflects social and (or) economic conservatives. In a race where both sides have a base, this is the group that will determine the winner. So you see both candidates advertising on TV, radio and in the mail that they are conservative on some issues and/or who supports them. From TCR's perspective, who some Republicans are supporting pales in comparison to where the candidates stand on the issues. On social issues, there is no real difference. On economic issues, this is where Annise Parker scored an 80% on the TCR Fiscal Conservative Questionnaire (Volume VIII Issue Number 16) with eight right and Gene Locke scored 50% with five right. The point here is, we as conservatives remain highly relevant, even in a Democratic city.
TCR on the Air
Red, White & Blue, featuring TCR Editor Gary Polland and liberal commentator David Jones on Houston PBS Channel 8 will be off the air for the PBS Pledge Drive and will return on Dec. 18th. Coming soon: Richard Murray and Bob Stein to preview the 2010 elections. As a new fun feature, visit Red, White & Blue on the Houston PBS website, where you can see after-show commentary about the show and its guests by Gary and David.
About Your Editor
Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his twelfth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last seven years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.