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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kay Bailey Hutchison to Resign

Texas Politics. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison announced today that she will resign from the Senate in "October/November" of this year to run in March against Gov. Perry (also R) for the governor's spot in Texas. No doubt she will want it as a launching pad for the Presidency in 2012 or 2016.

Why does this matter?
1. Texas has a special election for a Senate seat. So while Perry will appoint a replacement for Hutchison, it will be for just a few months. Probably have the special election along with the 2010 governor's primary. Democrats can choose how much to go after this senate seat. With Democratic resurgence in Texas right now, they may force the GOP to spend a lot of money.
2. Sarah Palin has already endorsed Rick Perry in the expected fight with Hutchison. Note also that McCain and Hutchison hate each other, which is part of why he didn't pick her (far more qualified than Palin) for the ticket. So this sets up a feud between two Republicans - both women - for 2012 and beyond.
3. KBH is a fairly senior senator and the ranking member on the Commerce Committee (chairman J. Rockefeller). Her replacement would be Olympia Snowe, very moderate. This bodes well for climate change legislation.


Raised By Republicans said...

Texas is riding oil prices to an economic boom while the rest of us are in a recession. A governor KBH would be a serious threat to Obama in 2012 if the nationwide economy hasn't recovered by then.

The Law Talking Guy said...

If the economy hasn't recovered by 2012, Sarah Palin will be able to take down Obama.

Raised By Republicans said...

Touch wood when you say that!

Raised By Republicans said...

BTW, if Sarah Palin becomes president, I'm emigrating to New Zealand or something so that when the nuclear war she starts comes, I'll have a chance of surviving.