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  • Bizarro Politics
    December 11, 2019

    Folks know by now that Commentary is not high on a former Vice President Joe Biden campaign for president. I will say it again. I prefer someone younger than Commentary. Then I see this from Politico this morning and I let out a huge sigh. Here is how it starts:

    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisers and prominent Democrats outside the Biden campaign have recently revived a long-running debate whether Biden should publicly pledge to serve only one term, with Biden himself signaling to aides that he will serve only a single term.

    While the option of making a public pledge remains available, Biden has for now settled on an alternative strategy: quietly indicate that he will almost certainly not run for a second term while declining to make a promise that he and his advisers fear could turn him into a lame duck and sap him of his political capital.

    According to four people who regularly talk to Biden, all of whom asked for anonymity to discuss internal campaign matters, it is virtually inconceivable that he will run for re-election in 2024, when he would be the first octogenarian president.

    “If Biden is elected,” a prominent adviser to the campaign said, “he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection.”

    The adviser argued that public acknowledgment of that reality could help Biden assuage younger voters, especially on the left, who are unexcited by his candidacy and fear that his nomination would serve as an eight-year roadblock to the next generation of Democrats.

    Here is the entire Politico article: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/11/biden-single-term-082129.

    This is bizarro politics pure and simple and don’t even try to argue with me. This is such a dumbarse strategy and thinking. If they are acknowledging that he is too old to run for reelection, then he is too old to run for president. This is not a winning strategy. This is not a good idea. Please!

    The weekend before the 2018 November General Election, Commentary was a guest panelist on Fox 26’s “What’s Your Point”. I was asked by host Greg Groogan what to expect on Election Day 2018. I replied that the big question remaining, would Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Harris County Commissioner Jack Moran survive their reelections. They didn’t. I was also asked how a Tony Buzbee mayoral candidacy would fare in 2019. I said anyone who holds a fundraiser for Donald Trump at their home would never be elected H-Town Mayor.

    The political climate four years ago during the H-Town municipal elections was a whole lot different than the political climate today. Today, it is a highly charged partisan environment. All you have to do is check out the KHOU-TV mayoral runoff poll here: https://www.khou.com/article/news/politics/incumbent-houston-mayor-turner-leads-challenger-buzbee-in-new-khouhouston-public-media-poll/285-7fee6f57-c5fb-424b-b4e2-f0f6a9e922c6.

    Called it.

    The Texas House Speaker announced a House Select Committee on Statewide Health Care Costs yesterday. My good friend and client State Rep. Christina Morales is one of the eleven appointees. I would say that is a pretty good interim assignment. Congratulations, Rep. Morales!

    The Penny Shaw campaign put out a press release yesterday touting endorsements then they put out a statement later in the day retracting the press release. Oh, well.

    This is funny and somewhat offensive. SiriusXM has a channel called Holiday Traditions that plays Christmas tunes. They have played on a regular basis a Glenn Miller version of “Jingle Bells” with added lyrics. You can sing the following in place of “dashing through the snow.”

    Down in Mexico
    We have got no snow
    You have got no snow?
    Down in Mexico!
    Sit around all day
    Hear the music play
    Every time we sing
    Tequila glasses ring
    Jingle, jingle, jingle, jingle

    On one version, the voice that sings the lyrics has an accent from south of the border. That’s all I have on this.

  • Filing Surprises
    December 10, 2019

    Commentary has said it before. We don’t have a choice. The U.S. House has to impeach Donald Trump. If we don’t, we are saying we are Ok with him abusing his power and obstructing justice. If the GOP wants to let him off the hook and say his actions aren’t abusing his power and obstructing justice, go on ahead. In the end, history will judge you and it will not be a good judgement. Think about that.

    Yesterday’s big surprises in the local political party primary filing deadlines were:

    In the Harris County Democratic Party Primary, HISD Trustee Jolanda Jones filing for Harris County Tax Assessor Collector against incumbent Ann Harris Bennett;

    In the Harris County Democratic Party Primary, H-Town Council Member Jerry Davis filing for State Representative against incumbent Harold Dutton, and;

    In the Harris County Republican Party Primary, longtime Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack not filing for reelection.

    Kuffer said this today:

    – There is now a third candidate for HD148, an Emily Wolf. I cannot conclusively identify her – maybe this person? – so it’s impossible to say more than that.

    That is the right person. Two more filed for HD 148 during the last hour: Adrian Garcia (again) and Cynthia Reyes-Revilla. Penny Shaw, who also filed a couple of weeks or so go and Garcia both ran this past November in the special election. Garcia finished in third place and Shaw in sixth place. Reyes-Revilla ran this past November for H-Town City Council, District H and finished in third place.

    Also, W.R. “Bill” Morris filed in the Democratic Party Primary for Harris County Department of Education, Place 7.

    “The Twelve Days of Christmas” tune has been recorded by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Burl Ives and the Ray Conniff Singers among others. Commentary’s favorite is by John Denver and the Muppets. Now you know.

  • Filing Deadline
    December 9, 2019

    This past Saturday was December 7. On that day 78 years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

    Yesterday, 39 years ago, John Lennon was murdered.

    I wore my John Lennon t-shirt yesterday.

    Today is the last day to file for office in the March 3, 2020 party primaries.

    Our Harris County Dem District Attorney Kim Ogg wants Harris County Commissioners Court to budget her more prosecutors. A number of grass roots Dem related groups are opposed to the increase. The DA faces a few opponents in the March 3, 2020 Dem Primary. If Kim wins outright on March 3, give her the GD prosecutors and shut the F up.

    Commentary lives in H-Town City Council District C. On Saturday, I got a mailer from District C candidate Abbie Kamin attacking her opponent, Shelley Kennedy. The mailer accused Shelley of supporting H-Town City Hall initiatives that would bust the budget. What’s up with that? Of course, to make negative mail work against Shelley, Kamin better drop at least three more pieces before this Saturday, Election Day.

    Another GOP official in Texas is dealing with being called out for being a racist. This time it is the GOP Galveston County Chair who texted a short version of the N-word. Last week it was a GOP State Rep. from Fort Bend County. Here is the deal. They get it from the top, Donald Trump. They see where Trump gets way with being a racist, white supremacist and liar, and no one from the GOP calling him out. They think they can get away with being a racist. The hypocrisy of it all is shameful.

    Commentary was watching “What’s Your Point” yesterday morning and my pal H-Town Council Member David Robinson was on and he referred to the Firefighters pay raise as proposed. Uh, I think it was more than proposed. It was voter approved.

    We lost award winning actor Ron Leibman this past weekend. He won a Tony for playing Roy Cohn in Broadway’s “Angels in America.” I liked him in “Slaughterhouse-Five.” I also liked him as Esteban in “Zorro, the Gay Blade.”

    I am up to 7 Christmas cable flicks, but one was a repeat from a few years ago.

    The Christmas Day grub at my Dad’s includes ham, turkey, tamales, beans, rice, tortillas, guacamole, Siete chips, an assortment of cheeses, beer, wine, pies, and cookies. We have never had figgy pudding, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, or corn for popping.

  • The Three Sign Rule
    December 6, 2019

    Four days remain to file for office in the party primaries here in Texas. There really have not been any filing surprises that have folks talking. It looks like some local Dem legislators in solid blue districts will have GOP opponents.

    U.S. House Speaker took down a reporter yesterday. It was a classic takedown.

    Royko sent me this yesterday on my impeachment mention:

    Well Okay! The Dems have formed a circular firing squad, lead by AOC.

    Trump approval with likely voters was just reported by Rasmussen at 52%, and even the MS News poll of mostly lefties on Monday had Trump approval at 45%.

    The swing states are opposed to the sham impeachment, and I hope the November 2020 trouncing will be so great, they will remain the minority party for the next few decades, or longer.

    That’s bold talk.

    Someone needs to tell Governor Greg Abbott that same sex marriage is the law of the land. Someone needs to tell his staff that the oath of office in the state of Texas doesn’t make reference to serving the Governor.

    The owners of the Bingo Lodge Early Voting Location made the decision that candidates can only have three signs each as you approach the parking lot entrance.  I didn’t know they had that kind of authority.

    The Astros traded Jake Marisnick to the Mets yesterday. He was our best defensive outfielder and probably the best in MLB. Our outfield will probably give up five or so more doubles or triples next season that we wouldn’t give up if he was still in our outfield. Just saying.

    Jake and the Mets visit The Yard the third week of the season, April 7 and 8.

    The “Today” show has a list of the top 75 Christmas flicks here:

    Some on the list are from the flat screen. “Serendipity” made the list. Cool.

  • Now to Impeachment
    December 5, 2019

    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was on live national TV this morning making the case for impeachment. She was definitely on her game.

    We don’t have a choice. The House has to impeach. To not impeach would be to say abuse of power is Ok. As they say, it is cut and dried.

    The Chron’s Jasper Scherer has a piece today on self-funded local candidates and here is the headline:

    Self-funded candidates achieve mixed results in Houston area 

    Here is the article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Self-funded-candidates-achieve-mixed-results-in-14882350.php.

    If he goes back to 2003, he can write about how Bill White partially self-funded his successful race for H-Town Mayor.

    Commentary is not going to fret about the delay in the H-Town City Council District B runoff. Incumbent and term limited Council Member Jerry Davis will serve until the new council member is elected and sworn in, so the District B voters will have representation. Commentary is not going to get into who is right and who is wrong on moving forward with the election. The felon can’t run stuff is ambiguous and that’s why we have a judicial system to sort things out.

    In a Chron story today on the District B delay, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis opined as to why the County Attorney’s Office did not move to quash the effort to delay. What about the City of H-Town Legal Department? Oh, well.

    Did you know that there are four former Astros who were born on Christmas Day? Hall of Fame great Nellie Fox who played for us in 1964 and 1965, infielder Julio Gonzalez who played for us from 1977-1980, outfielder Ty Gainey who played for us from 1985-1987, and center fielder Willie Taveras wo played for us from 2004-2006.