By Marc Campos

They’re Over and Now Beginning

The SD 17 race closed out the election season last night while H-Town Mayor Bill White kicked off the next season with his announcement yesterday that he’s in the U.S. Senate race. Lone Star State Dems would be wise to listen to what John Lennon had to say a while back:

“cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime…..”

….Dems have a lot of work to do before we can even begin to imagine statewide victories in a special election or in 2010.

You got to hand it to former State Rep Ron Wilson and Texans For Lawsuit Reform for having a throw down African American female Dem candidate in Round One of the SD 17 race. She pulled enough votes to throw the race into a runoff. A runoff election scheduled for nine days before Christmas pretty much guaranteed more Dems than GOPers wouldn’t get off their arses to go to the polls – drats! (You have to wonder if Dems would sit on their arses in a U.S. Senate Special Election Run-Off.)

I wonder what was delivered to the throw down candiate's house this morning - flowers, donuts, a flat screen TV, a shiny new Mercedes.....?

Commentary made two appearances on the tube yesterday to talk about H-Town Mayor’s next political adventure. I was on Fox 26 News Live at 5 then on the Channel 2 News at 10. Commentary kind of finds it interesting that only the media is interested in my statewide election takes.

It looks like the Chron’s Columnist also reads Commentary. In his piece today he mentions that the H-Town Mayor’s local financial donors could have been conflicted if he had run for Guv and that it could have been tough sledding running against Hutch.

This is from yesterday’s Chron.com about the possibility of State Senator Leticia Van De Putte (D – Bexar County) running for U.S. Senator: “ ‘The days of the party hacks and the party powers-that-be deciding who's going to run and who's not going to run is over,’ said Van de Putte.

She said a federal race with its contribution limits is more attractive to ‘someone like me’ than a state race in which people can raise unlimited contributions and thus, she said, are benefited by being a member of or at least ‘comfortable with’ the ‘millionaires' club.’

A federal race is ‘a great equalizer,’ she said. ‘You don't need to be a member of the political elite.’

Asked whether Democrats John Sharp or Houston Mayor Bill White fall into the old-school category, she said, ‘I would say, just not a fresh face. ... The U.S. Senate is full of people who look just like that.’ “

Senator Van De Putte knows how to speak her mind.

TIME Magazine named Obama their “Person of the Year” this morning. The Treasury Secretary was second, followed by the French Prez, followed by Governor Palin, followed by the Bejing Olympic producer.

It’s three strikes and he’s out for Jesse Jackson, Jr. He can pretty much kiss a U.S. Senate seat good-bye. First, he’s listed as Candidate Numero Cinco whose representatives were dealing – allegedly. Two, he wasn’t on the Obama Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval List. Three, he was ratting out the Guv to the feds while at the same time telling the press that he mistakenly thought the Guv’s selection process was fair.

Speaking of, Colorado Senator Ken Salazar is expected to be named to the Obama Cabinet today and the number of Latinos in the U.S. Senate will be reduced by 33% - yikes!

The U.S. Majority Leader also read Daily Commentary yesterday and then endorsed Caroline Kennedy for U.S. Senator from New York – that’s cool.

Former ‘Stro shortstop Adam Everett signed on with the Detroit Tigers and you can check him out at The Yard next June 26 – 28.

December 17, 2008 9:00AM

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