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Why do I vote, again? I keep forgetting.
Apparently the Republican primary debates for the Texas Governor race was tonight. I only know this because my local NPR station, which my car radio is tuned to, was playing highlights of the debate during the 10 minutes it takes me to drive from work to home.

And honestly, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Rick Perry (certifiable nutjob who makes secessionist remarks) was misrepresenting his performance (as all men and all incumbent politicians are wont to do), and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (not quite as much of a nutjob, but a US Senator, so any claims to absolute sanity are shaky at best) and Debra Medina (Tea Party, so arguably the Queen of Those Who Have Lost Touch With Reality) just kept interrupting him. Sometimes they bothered to actually refute his statements, but more often just screeching "No you didn't! I'm telling! Mooooom!!" or something pretty indistinguishable from that.

Of course, the Democratic primary debates won't be nearly as entertaining (are they even bothering with a debate?), mainly because practically everyone has dropped out on that side. This would be because a Democrat's chances of becoming Governor of Texas are actually worse than the proverbial snowball in hell.

So, yey. Another alternate November, another chance to throw my vote into the toilet and watch it disappear. Thanks.
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hnpcc From: hnpcc Date: Saturday 16th January 2010 08.12 (UTC) (Link)
I may be missing something (or conceivably have gotten most of my ideas from Battlestar Galactica) but I thought the Republican and Democratic candidates were supposed to debate each other.

Go for who you think will do least harm. You never know, other people are probably voting the same way.
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Saturday 16th January 2010 19.09 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's the plan. It's deciding who that is that's tricky.

For nearly 20 years now, simply having a (D) next to your name is political suicide in many areas of Texas (previously it was the (R) that was deadly -- since the Civil War the South was a solid Democrat bloc just because Lincoln had been a Republican, until Reagan lowered taxes and the economy boomed and since then it's slowly become a Republican bloc --that's the short version). The Republican debates were basically a bunch of bitching about whether or not Rick Perry raised taxes, and for whom (which, oddly, the Texas Governor doesn't actually have control over anyway). Oh, and making promises that they will refuse any entry into "socialized" national health care (again, the Governor wouldn't have this power).

Never mind that Texas has the lowest state taxes of any state (besides Alaska, I think -- not quite sure on this) and one of the highest rates of uninsured, thanks to our high immigrant population and the fact that unions are illegal, among other things. They were harping on property taxes -- property taxes have a state component and a county/city component, guess which part is usually larger? Yep, the local part is usually the larger one. Texas has a very weak executive, anyway. The Governor has no control over taxes, much less the property appraisals that property taxes are based on.

Anyway, yes. There will be a Democratic debate as well, provided that 2nd guy with the weird name doesn't drop out before then. Farouk Shami. I had to look him up to even know his name, that's what sort of chances he has. The other one, Bill White, used to be Mayor of Houston, which would have given him a good chance in the '80s but... Democrat is a dirty word these days in Texas, at least among middle-class white people, who are the most likely voters. Who apparently think that lowering taxes solves all problems. I don't understand.

Edited at 2010-01-16 19.10 (UTC)