Early on in the election cycle, Rick Perry said "Adios, MoFo" to a
Texans are demonstrably weary of his act, and it's a shame we (that is, Texas' Democrats) couldn't take advantage of Perry's weakness as both politician and person.
Of all the political commercials that ran in
Chris Bell's "Big as
What do you think was the best negative political advertisement of the 2006 election cycle?
The website slamming Strayhorn that was done by the Perry camp ("Grandma's Attic" or something).
What do you believe was the worst TV or radio commercial by any candidate this election cycle?
Any of Greg Abbott's; he relentlessly ran commercials in every single TV market across the state every thirty seconds, day and night, in the month before the election.
You could not avoid his ads. They were everywhere.
From Chris Bell's use of the governor's mansion electric bill to Fred Head's use of Susan Comb's steamy romance novel, candidates up and down the ballot had some unique attention getting techniques this cycle. Which one was your favorite?
Tie: the Van Os Courthouse Whistlestop Tour and Bill Moody's 1000-mile walk across
What race do you believe represented the biggest upset of 2006? (Primary or General election).
Another tie: Borris Miles over Al Edwards in the primary in March. Juan Garcia over Gene Seaman in November.
What do you think was the best political news story of 2006?
Democrats slowly (very slowly) begin to take back
What do you believe was the worse gaffe by a political candidate this election cycle?
"Ni**er eggs", Kinky Friedman. Hard to choose a single of Friedman's mistakes since they were so numerous.
What, during the course of 2006, do you believe was the most overrated thing when it came to
An exciting, knock-down drag-out Governor's race, trumpeted as early as 2005. Turned out to be incapable of matching the hype. Perry stayed low and mostly out of sight, Strayhorn blew up on the launching pad, Bell never caught fire, and Kinky ... well, Kinky made a complete fool of himself.
If you had the chance to name one
All of the Republican incumbents at the statewide level are high-dollar whores, but Greg Abbott tops even Rick Perry and Tom Craddick in his ability to pander to the lobbyists in exchange for a five-figure campaign contribution.
Abbott raised millions of dollars from the largest corporations in order to run nonstop TV ads against his opponent, and will do the same thing all over again when he runs for higher office in four years.
He is the absolute worst of a really bad lot.
Of all the political news and events of 2006, what (or who) do you believe was the biggest political 'bomb' of the year?
Sadly, Chris Bell. A good candidate with the right message, but was unable to compete because so many gave up on the Democrats so long ago. From the donors with the heavy checkbooks, to the strategists advising the Texas Democratic Party, through the mainstream media which picked up on the defeatist mentality of the movers and shakers, all the way down to the local activists and even the voters -- especially the minority blocs -- almost nobody thought they could win anything big. And sure enough, they didn't.
So maybe it would be more accurate to call the Texas Democratic Party the biggest bomb. The blue tsunami which washed across the United States stopped at the Red and Sabine rivers. As Paul Burka suggested, it was a once-in-a-generation opportunity squandered.
What's the dumbest statement a politician uttered this election cycle?
"Susan Combs wrote a pornographic novel", Fred Head. This statement actually should have gotten some traction in this too-conservative state, but Combs flipped it against him, rallying romance authors (and liberals) everywhere to her persecution -- err, cause. Head would have been far more competent as state comptroller than his Republican rival and should have focused his message on his qualifications and experience.
Moral: never try to out-righteous a Republican.
None. Oh, there were a few things that were good: Peggy Fikac wrote some top-notch entries for the SAEN/HC blog "Texas Politics"; KPRC had a very good resource page for politics, campaigns and candidates which included archives of video snips. But the newspapers barely did their reporting jobs, and the TV stations repeatedly failed to do theirs: WFAA produced but declined to air a followup to their own report about the Attorney General's misuse of taxpayer funds for his video department in the week before the election.
But the blogosphere trumped them all. Even the ones on the right.
What Mainstream Media Outlet do you believe had the worst political news coverage for 2006?
They exceeded their already spectacularly bad reputation for lousy political reporting.
Charles Kuffner of Off the Kuff did yeoman's work. By himself, with a full-time day job and raising a young child, he ran circles around the lazy slobs working in the mainstream media. McBlogger followed Ag Commissioner candidate Hank Gilbert (and his opponent Todd Staples) closely. This blog obviously focused on the Van Os campaign and the foibles of the incumbent Attorney General. Dos Centavos tracked the Poe/Bindarim CD-02 contest along with the three statehouse races in the Kingwood/Spring region.
Capitol Annex did -- does -- a masterful job of analyzing the policy. And really ought to be allowed to get a few votes here.
Kuffner's comprehensive effort, from the podcast interviews with candidates to his seemingly every-race-in-Texas coverage, has to win the prize. Truthfully, none of the rest of us came close.
Don't lie: you know you read Texas Republican blogs, too...just to know what the other side is saying. Which
Lone Star Times. Matt Bramanti showed up at a Sheila Jackson Lee rally and had his picture taken with her.
That wins the Chutzpah Award, at least.