Glasses ought to do the trick. Right?
It’s inconceivable that Wendy Davis, a liberal heartthrob best known for filibustering an anti-abortion bill, would make meaningful inroads among southern Evangelical Christians. She could easily do worse.
When she does deploy her time and enormous wealth, Amber Anderson Mostyn (trial lawyer and chair of Annie’s List, sister organization of Emily’s List) does so with great precision.
The Wealthy Woman Behind Wendy Davis. By Molly Redden.
Why did the Tea Party take down a doctrinaire conservative?
The holy crusade that movement conservatives undertook against Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst concluded with Tuesday’s Senate runoff, producing his once-unlikely defeat at the hands of his much-celebrated Tea Party challenger, former state solicitor general Ted Cruz.* What makes the election so interesting is that Dewhurst, who has been denounced from one end of the conservative blogosphere to the other as a “RINO” and as “Dewcrist,” can’t really be accused of any specific ideological heresies. Unlike Indiana’s Dick Lugar, he hasn’t supported any arms control treaties or gun control measures or “earmarks.” Unlike many of 2010’s Tea Party targets, he can’t be accused of social-issues moderation; he was staunchly supported by Texas’ main anti-abortion groups. And unlike Orrin Hatch of Utah, he hasn’t thumbed his nose at ultra-conservatives; he calls himself a “constitutional conservative,” says he supported Tea Party policies before there was a Tea Party, and heavily identifies himself with his most important backer, Gov. Rick Perry, who can snarl and rant at godless liberals with the best of them.
This did not keep Cruz’s backers from calling Dewhurst names, of course. But when challenged, they always seemed to find some objection to Dewhurst that did not involve any actual issues. RedState’s Erick Erickson scoffed at the very idea that Dewhurst was a real conservative, but relied mainly on the two candidates’ lists of supporters to establish some distinction between them. National Review’s editors focused on Dewhurst’s negative ads against Cruz, another non-ideological factor.
What does the 2012 campaign’s biggest donor really want?
"The smoked-glass canyons of downtown Dallas were a heady place in the years of Simmons’s ascent, so awash in oil money following the 1973 embargo that a popular local bumper sticker of the era read, SECEDE AND JOIN OPEC. This was the Dallas of Dallas, a milieu of hand-tooled alligator boots and Blackglama furs in which old money imitated new money with abandon. “Nowhere else,” a local boutique owner told the journalist Sandy Sheehy in Texas Big Rich, her chronicle of the era, “would you put on pink shorts, a lynx coat, a seventeen-carat diamond, and get into a white Rolls-Royce to go to the Safeway.””
- Charles Homans, The Operator
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The newest issue of TNR is out!
In our cover story, “What’s Driving Rick Perry?" (sub. req.) TNR Senior Editor Alec MacGillis describes what makes the Texas Governor a permanent candidate.
Excerpts from the piece include:
“We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But, if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.” - Governor Rick Perry, April 2009
"What the hell did I just do?” - Governor Rick Perry, after announcing his switch to the GOP in 1989.
“He understood where the state of Texas was going.” - Greg Hartman, former strategist
To read this article and more, including Timothy Noah’s TRB column on migrant teachers, Eliza Gray on super committee anxiety, and Leon Wieseltier on death penalty debates, make sure to check out the October 20th issue of The New Republic.
The Supreme Court halted the execution of Texas prisoner, Duane Buck, on Thursday. While his lawyers are not disputing Buck’s guilt, they argue that the 1997 testimony by a psychologist claiming that blacks are more likely to pose threats to the public in the future unfairly influenced the jury.
Kate Black, one of Buck’s defense attorneys:
"No one should be put to death based on the the color of his or her skin. We are confident that the court will agree that our client is entitled to a fair sentencing hearing that is untainted by considerations of his race".
As evidenced by last Wednesday’s Republic Presidential Debate, Rick Perry’s celebration of capital punishment is echoed by much of this country. What’s more, TNR editors say that most liberals have long since abandoned their fight to abolish the death penalty in light of more polarizing domestic issues. Given the Supreme Court’s swift response, should Rick Perry be worried about how this affects his campaign and his longstanding belief in the “ultimate justice”?
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Rick Perry’s campaign for the presidency largely consists of touting the pro-growth policies of Texas—a state with no personal income tax, and the 47th lowest tax burden in the country—as a model for the rest of the United States.
Perry’s claim is that his state, where he has served as governor for the past 11 years, has found more creative and more business-friendly ways to fill its coffers.
Don’t tell that to one of the state’s most vibrant industries: its nearly 200 strip clubs, caught up in an endless legal battle with the state that points to the downside of the Texas approach to revenue collection.
Check out new TNR Senior Editor Alec MacGillis’s take on Perry’s problem with the lap-dance lobby.
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