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Another State, Though Dragged Kicking and Screaming

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It's encouraging to see the Lone Star State beginning to emerge from the cancer that gave us the cretin in chief and his lackeys, the legislature that was cashiered by its leader so they couldn't vote him out, and other fun and games that have come to be associated with Texas.

Now, a hard look at political leanings in the march toward the next, hopefully redemptive, presidency show that voters are more inclined toward Hillary Clinton than the rest of the field. I'm glad to see that the long rightwing hate campaign has not had the effect the Rovians had intended. Seeing who's putting out the hate mongering, it would be nice to know that Senator Clinton has gained stature from the comparison.

Republicans who think Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the presidential ticket would help GOP fortunes in Texas next year might want to reconsider, according to a new poll.

Mrs. Clinton leads Democratic rival Barack Obama among Texas Democrats and would pose a surprisingly strong challenge to a Republican in the 2008 presidential contest, the poll finds.

The survey, sponsored by the nonpartisan Texas Lyceum, found that Mrs. Clinton is virtually tied among Texas voters with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"You're hearing a lot of people on the Republican side saying if Clinton is at the top of ticket, in Texas it will be another big year for Republicans," said Daron Shaw, a University of Texas professor and director of the Texas Lyceum Poll.

"The key to that strategy is that Hillary Clinton is so polarizing and so unpopular, it would drive voters away from the Democratic ticket," he said. "That doesn't seem to be true."
Many Texans remain undecided in next year's presidential sweepstakes, according to the poll. But the survey suggests that Mrs. Clinton would fare well against a Republican in a hypothetical matchup.
According to the survey, if the 2008 presidential election were held today, 36 percent of Texans would vote for Mr. McCain, 35 percent for Mrs. Clinton and 29 percent undecided.

While the GoPerverts lead by a percentage point against Hillary Clinton, that the state has produced no more push for the party of greed and corruption is wonderfully reassuring. That the voters can see for themselves that the party line is all lies, has taken an awful lot of failure. But those failures and the corruption are beginning to tell.

Maybe, like Dallas last election, we can look forward to Democrats able to start cleaning up the mess.

When oil tycoon and animal lover Boone Pickens decides to grow wind, there's life and hope.

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is planning to cash in on the wind energy boom by building the world's largest wind farm in West Texas.

The oil tycoon and Oklahoma native is offering a $6 billion plan to install large wind turbines in parts of four Panhandle counties.

Pickens spokesman Mike Boswell today said the Mesa Power project would produce up to four-thousand megawatts of electricity.

Experts say the facility would generate more than five times the 735 megawatts produced at the present largest wind farm near Abilene.

Okay, it's not Massachusetts (sniff) but there's hope for us out here in the swamp.

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Submitted by Sarah on

is seeing Boone Pickens try to corner the market.
Has he given up on stealing his neighbors' water for sale to big cities?

"Snakebit," as they say in the oilfields, describes Pickens to a T.

Much like it does W, who was so snakebit in the 1980s he ran two drilling companies into the ground, in West Texas, when oil was hitting $40 a barrel.

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W, who was so snakebit in the 1980s he ran two drilling companies into the ground, in West Texas, when oil was hitting $40 a barrel.

Nicely and concisely put. I tried to get "President Shit Magnet" going for awhile, which gets at the same idea, but perhaps "snakebit" is more, er, authentic.

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Submitted by Sarah on

's true, though. He's more snakebit than a Cleveland sports fan.

There is but one way for a newspaperman to look at a politician and that is down." Frank H. Simonds

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Submitted by Ruth on

Having seen an oil co. refuse to make profits while paying bigtime expenses for its execs, I suspect that the reason the cretin in chief ran two oil co's into the ground was not that he wasn't making $$ but that the $$ was going into the pockets of the big guys while the workers were being screwed out of anything - and it's the pattern of behavior in the admin now, too, isn't it?

Pickens supports animal causes, he can't be all bad.


Submitted by lambert on

Actually, that's a nice way to reframe that stupid "Bush legacy" meme that's running around.

They've already done most of their damage. The remaining years (yes, plural, sigh) will be about, not legislation, that's just kabuki, but about the loyal Bushies consolidating their authoritarian gains and getting away clean with the loot.

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