Tomorrow is primary day here in Texas. For the first time in recent memory, the Republicans are the ones with an interesting primary while the Democrats have already anointed their candidate for governor.
That anointed Democrat would be Bill White, the former Mayor of Houston. Despite being a somewhat colorless campaigner, White is probably the strongest Democratic candidate since the days of Anne Richards. Texas remains a Republican state but Bill White will be a formidable candidate and he could easily defy the conventional wisdom by winning in November.
As for the Republicans, there are three candidates to choose from. These three have spent the past year attacking each other and basically giving White a whole lot of ammunition to use against whoever comes out of the primary with the nomination.
Those three Republicans are the incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Debra Medina. Originally, I was planning on voting for Medina but then Medina had to go and question whether or not the U.S. government was somehow responsible for 9-11.
So, after a lot of thought, I've decided to support Sen. Hutchison. No, she's not as a conservative as Perry and, unlike Perry, she won't be spoken of as a presidential contender in 2012 if she wins in November. However, this does not change the fact that it's hard to deny that Hutchison would be a better governor. Both Perry and Hutchison have proven, far too often in the past, to be willing to compromise on their stated conservatives principles. However, Hutchison at least compromises in the open. Whereas Perry, far too often, hides his compromises behind a bunch of fiery yet ultimately empty rhetoric.
Add to that, Hutchison would simply be a stronger candidate against Bill White in November. Compared to Perry, Bill White's blandness is almost reassuring. However, when compared to Hutchison, White's just a boring man affiliated with a philosophically bankrupt national party.
For these reasons, this blog endorses Kay Bailey Hutchison for governor.