What has probably seemed unthinkable to most political pundits and liberal/progressives in Texas for the last 15 years or so, this year’s governor’s race between incumbent Rick Perry and Bill White could actually be won by the Democratic candidate in White. A win by White would not only be an upset, but an important victory for Democrats in the state and perhaps the entire southwest.
If you think a win by White is unlikely, think again. Though Perry does have a lead, it is not a big one. And this is significant in a year in which Republicans are going to do well in November. Perry’s approval ratings are low and he’s been governor for 10 years, so perhaps some of the anti-incumbent sentiments throughout the country can offset Perry’s advantage of being the conservative Republican candidate in a very red state.
What is important is that we have an opportunity to unseat Perry and reintroduce a little sanity into the governor’s mansion. No more religious fundamentalists on the State Board of Education, no more rejection of federal funds that the state could use and no more talk of secession.
Those of us who want to see Perry go must vote him out in November. Consider this my first attempt to get you involved. Tell your friends we are having a party at the ballot box on November 2nd. This is a call to political arms!