Tom [not DeLay], what do you think about this?
March 07, 2006
Tom DeLay's New Best Friend....
Carole Strayhorn? Should Tom DeLay avoid a runoff
tonight and secure re-nomination in TX 22, he may have
one person to thank more than any other and that's
Republican-turned-indie TX GOV candidate Carole
Those that have been following the DeLay primary
closely have probably noticed that the embattled
Congressman hasn't run many TV ads. In fact, the ones
that have run, have been targeted at outside groups
attacking DeLay, but not paid for by DeLay. Why that
lack of TV if early polling indicated DeLay was, at
one time, polling under 50% in a Republican primary?
Well, because the DeLay folks realize that the lower
the turnout, the more they can control the makeup of
the electorate. And today's turnout is lower than low
around the state because there's no seriously
competitive statewide primary driving casual voters to
Had Strayhorn stayed in the GOP primary race against
incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, turnout today would be very
different and DeLay would be dealing with a lot more
of a hostile electorate.
DeLay has spent a lot of money on this primary, but
the money's been spent talking to his supporters, not
on persuasion (i.e. TV etc.).
Avoiding a runoff tonight doesn't mean DeLay's out of
the woods for November. In fact, failing to crack 60%,
or even 65%, would spell major problems in a race
against Nick Lampson. But for now, DeLay ought to send
Strayhorn a big "thank you" for helping keep turnout
low today. [CHUCK TODD]
Posted at 05:15 PM