Thank goodness he will not run for gov again.
The biggest thing I have against George Bush is that he left us with Rick Perry in the Governor's Mansion.
(Oh how I wish he had not missed that interview with Southwest. He would now be in a cockpit and doing something he really knows how to do well.)
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't many Hispanics pretty conservative in many regards? Obviously there are some big issues that keep them voting Democrat, but who knows what we'll see with the political landscape changing.
If the Republican Party can get over calling every person with a dark skin or Hispanic surname an illegal, and support immigration reform that doesn't want to send GrandMa back to Honduras as a criminal - the party could be unstoppable, both in state and national elections. Hispanics in general are much more aligned with the Republican Party family values platform than any Democratic Party platform.
We will get whom ever the Republican Party financial backers want - which seems to be Abbott.
Abbott is a bit smarter about his remarks than Perry, but does support even more fringe causes than Perry. He's spent tens of millions of state dollars on fights with the federal government - knowing he would lose - only to support his right-wing extreme credentials.
Abbott being in a wheelchair for about 30 years generates sympathy, and respect for him not letting that stop him from making a solid career.
He is also probably a lot smart than Perry in pure intellectual terms. He also appears to be a smarter politician.
I don't expect a flop over to the Democratic Party in Texas for another decade.
When I arrived here from Japan in 1986, the state government and many county governments were solidly Democratic Party folks - but more Dixiecrats that true Democrats.
Not quite as strongly Democrat as they were in my youth in Arkansas - but strong.
The last of the Dixiecrats - 90 year old Ralph Hall - is still in the US Congress. From 1980 to 2002 he was elected as a Democrat. In 2004 and since he has been elected as a Republican. He has been in the US Congress continually for 33 years !!!!
The move of state level politicians to the Republican Party started to about 1990.
One of the interesting things is that the 'great job growth' Perry talks about as his accomplishment hasn't really helped most Texans. But it has brought a lot of liberal educated workers from other states like California, New York, Massachuetts into Texas.
Austin the state capitol and San Antonio are increasingly mainstream to liberal left Democratic Party towns. It is spreading to Houston and Dallas. That process of bringing in jobs makes the Republican Party weaker.