Cranky Grandma, Texas Jew Boy and Texas Politics
Don't believe for one moment that she is "fracturing" the Republican Party by leaving. She left the Democrat Party for the Republicans in 1985 and they seem to have survived. Now in 2005 she is leaving the Republican Party to be an Independent. When will she become a Green? Libertarian? When will she make up her mind about what she really believes in? She certainly didn't believe that she could beat Governor Rick Perry in the Republican Primary. That is her one and only reason to "fracture" the Republican Party. She seems to be unsure of what is good for Carole Keeton Strayhorn yet she wants to determine what is best for Texans.
I don't think that she clearly thought this one out. She must garner an estimated 60,000 petition signatures to get on the November ballot. The petition drive cannot begin until after the March 7 primary balloting. The petitions must be turned in by May 11. Citizens who voted for either party on March 7 may not sign the petitions. This will be very difficult to do for Strayhorn.
Did I mention the Texas Jew Boy? You know, Kinky Friedman, the quirky musician, writer and eminent Texan. He is running for Governor as an independent. I think that there is a very good probability that Kinky will succeed in gathering the necessary petition signatures. I think that there is an even better chance that "Independents" would vote for Kinky over Carole (if Carole gets on the ballot). I actually believe that Kinky is a far more serious candidate than Carole. If I had to choose between the two I would take my chances with Kinky.
Look for Rick Perry to be elected to a second term as governor. I know what you are thinking. What about the Democrats? Demo-who? There aren't any that are known on the level of a Perry, Strayhorn or even Friedman. This is going to be a very entertaining election year in Texas. Texas politics has always been the most entertaining game in town!