A good campaign.....Although she
didn’t received the promised “$3 million” in help from the
national Republican party, Shelley Sekula Gibbs ran a darn
good write-in campaign against huge odds. I wouldn’t have
bet a plugged nickel that she would get 4,000 votes, what
with that long, long name and short amount of campaign days
left after the dithering of the Republicans, but she got a
remarkable 23,990 write in votes in Fort Bend (Lampson won
with 27,832) and 27,415 write in votes in Harris County
(Lampson won with 31,378). So it’s a good thing I didn’t bet
that she wouldn’t get over 4,000 write-in votes as she got a
phenomenal 51,405 write in votes in Fort Bend and Harris
County alone. And I got almost daily mail out pieces from
the Republican National Committee, so while they probably
didn’t spend $3 million, they did shell out a bunch in a
foreordained losing campaign.
I don’t think her campaign was helped by
the President flying to Houston, then on to Sugar Land.
First he talked about how she was a doctor who saved lives
and healed broken bones (Bush doesn’t know the difference
between dermatologist and orthopedic), then he told the
audience to be sure and bring their pencils to write in Dr.
Shelley’s name. I guess the Prez doesn’t realize that most
places have electronic voting machines and write-ins have to
be dialed in, without use of a pencil.
To add more insult, Bush later repeated
his admonition when making his “thumping--day after the
election” speech. He said at his press conference on
national teevee that he had to fly down to Houston and Sugar
Land “to act as the secretary of state and tell them to take
their pencil into the voting booth.”
But I guess the thing that really makes
me think that Bush has lost touch is his first reference to
Rep. Nancy Pelosi in that speech after the election when he
talked of his willingness to cooperate: “I shared with her
the names of some Republican interior decorators who can
help her pick out the new drapes in her new office.”
Yes, he said that. He really did. I
haven’t heard much about this gaffe, but I think that it was
the most unbelievably, condescending, chauvinistic, frat-boy
humor I’ve ever heard a politician utter in public.
Not only is Bush a lame duck, he’s just
lame. That comment was demeaning to women. Doesn’t he
realize that women vote also and a smart women who will be
two steps away from the president of the country shouldn’t
be greeted with a “drape” joke? We are half the population
you know. Just because too many of us vote like our husbands
tell us is no indictment of the whole gender.
Whose fault is it anyway.....I blame
the whole Republican debacle on Tom DeLay. Yes, I know. You
think I am kicking a dead horse. I will quit kicking Tom
DeLay if he will stay off the airwaves saying stupid things
as he did with Rita Cosby on MSNBC on the day after the
election. I can’t understand why they are still giving him
airtime because I believe that Tom DeLay was a symbol of
everything that has been wrong in Washington for several
years. He may have brought the party questionable
legislative wins, but he intensified the poisonous partisan
mood and even transplanted it to Texas when he led the
mid-census redistricting effort in order to assure a
permanent Republican cast in the House.
Up jumped the devil.....Yet the DeLay
inspired redistricting that put Nick Lampson out of his
constituency made him so mad he moved back to his roots in
Stafford and was prepared to run against DeLay--and,
according to early polls, beat him.
But less that 24 hours after moderate and
conservative lawmakers in the House began circulating a
petition that DeLay be permanently removed from the
leadership, DeLay resigned. He did it because “the media
hounded” him as he so often tells, not because the real
truth--his peers repudiated him.
He could have withdrawn much earlier,
allowing the Republicans to replace him with a viable
candidate, not a write-in candidate with an impossible name.
Tom DeLay was a symbol of the Republicans
abandoning their core principles. I’ve often said on these
pages that this Republican party is not the Republican party
I matured on with Everett Dirksen and Barry Goldwater’s
philosophy of less is more.
DeLay’s congress was the congress of
earmarks, those little additions to spending bills that
benefit a particular area and have put us in a spiraling
deficit. I read somewhere that during Reagan’s years, a road
bill had 150 earmarks, whereas the 2005 transportation bill
had over 6,000 earmarks. The voters are tired of that.
I noticed that for the first time in
many, many years there were more Democratic straight party
voters than Republican in Fort Bend County (25,257 Dems vs.
23,552 Reps). Before the Democrats get too excited about
this abnormality, I want to point out that many Republicans
heeded the call to write-in Sekula-Gibbs name, which negated
a straight party vote.
And on that subject, there were 5,034
“under” votes in the Lampson on the ballot-Sekula Gibbs
write-in race. What this means is that the large majority of
those 5,000 “under” votes cast in that race where some of
those straight party voters whose vote did not register in
that race since Sekula-Gibbs was not on the ballot.
Oh well, it was fun and two years from
now we’ll see what will happen. I think Lampson will turn
out to be more conservative, or at least moderate, than the
Republicans think he will be, but I don’t know what will
make Fort Bend voters turn from blindly following the
Republican party. I read somewhere that Bill Clinton once
said, “Democrats want to fall in love, Republicans want to
fall in line.”