But there is more behind the scenes. Kay Bailey Hutchinson is the first Tea Party scalp to be taken in the 2012 election cycle, as ideologues in the party push harder for "purity". Among Republicans, her numbers are way down, as evidenced by her abortive bid to unseat Rick Perry in the Texas gubernatorial primary. And there is a huge wave of party purists standing in line to be the next Senator from Texas.Kay Bailey Hutchison said today that she will not seek another term in the U.S. Senate.
"I have known since 2006 that I wouldn't seek another term," the senator said in a telephone interview. "I wanted to announce it on my own terms and in my own way
The bad news is that Hutchinson lost to a man who can only be described as a Socialist, rather than a Conservative. Perry raised taxes on cigarettes, attempted to force schoolgirls in Texas to receive vaccinations that had not been tested yet on humans, gave Mexican trucks with bald tires and bad brakes unfettered access to Texas highways without having the inspections that US trucks are required to undergo, gave the order to execute an innocent man, and then attempted to cover up his "crime" by firing every member of the forensics board, and replacing them with his political cronies, abusing his office by using taxpayer money for personal pleasure, including keeping expensive wines stocked from his personal wine list, knowingly allowed child abuse to occur at a Texas juvenile facility, firing the director only when a report on the abuse was made public, more than half a year after he became aware of the problem, and used state employees to work on his campaign, a crime which only came to light after one of his staffers accidentally released a work schedule, showing the employees on Rick's reelection payroll, at taxpayer expense, doing his reelection work when they were supposed to be doing the state's business.
The good news? I believe that the Tea Party is going to be gunning for him too.
I also believe that Perry is going to explore a presidential run. If he does run, it won't last long, as reports of his abuses of power while Governor wipe out any snowball's chance in hell he might actually have.
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