(Texas) Politics As Usual

President Barack Obama will attend a Democratic Party fundraiser in Houston, Texas next month. However, the state’s top Democrat, former Houston mayor and current gubernatorial candidate Bill White, won’t be attending. Instead, White is choosing to spend the day campaigning in Dallas.

Are you kidding me? For those not familiar with Texas geography, there are approximately 300 miles separating the two cities. By air, it takes about 40 minutes to travel from Dallas to Houston and vice versa. Commuter planes depart every hour between the two destinations. Certainly, White could hop one of those planes, make an appearance with Obama at the fundraiser then return to Dallas and continue stumping.

Rick Perry, the current Republican governor of Texas, hit the nail on the head when he suggested the real reason White is choosing to snub the fundraiser – President Obama’s waning popularity nationwide and his practically non-existent popularity in Texas.

“This guy is trying to shut the state down with EPA regulations, cap and trade,” said Texas Governor Rick Perry. “Obamacare, I’ve got to think, is not the most popular piece of legislation to come out of DC. I understand why Bill White doesn’t want to be around him.”

To be clear, I don’t support Rick Perry at all. I’ve always viewed him as nothing more than a talking bobble-head. But, in this instance, I appreciate the fact that he did not ignore the elephant in the room (no pun intended). This move by White proves to me that, underneath it all, he is no different than Perry and the majority of politicians out there. Jump on what’s hot, shy away from those who are not, and win, win, win by any means necessary.

Memo to White: If you really want to separate yourself from the wolf pack, be the individual you claim to be. Don’t continue with politics as usual while hiding behind a reformist’s stance.

Perry doesn’t care much for Obama’s policies. In this respect, he voices his opinions and stands by them. Don’t think that I don’t realize Perry would most probably do the same as White if the tables were turned. The difference here is that Perry isn’t running a campaign stating he cares more about the state’s long-term future than the next election.

Houston Democratic State Representative Garnet Coleman countered that White’s decision to stay away should not be an issue. He is quoted as saying, “Somebody is trying to make it disrespectful, but the reality is he needs to run his race to be governor of the state of Texas.”

The only person making this disrespectful is White. Not just to Obama, but also to the voters of Texas for pretending to be something he obviously is not – a leader championing real change.

Long Time, No Post

Carmelo and LaLa - LOVE the wedding dress.

It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted. I’m sure I am the only one who noticed because I am the only one who reads my blog. So humiliating yet liberating at the same time. Anyway…..
There must be something in the water in the land of Celebritydom. There have been a slew of weddings as of late: Carmelo and Lala; Paul Pierce, Carrie Underwood, Martin Lawrence, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, even that dude from The Office (I kid, I kid, I know his name is…um…..). Lindsay Lohan is going to jail tomorrow. Hope she hasn’t suddenly remembered that she has a prior  commitment in Europe, jets off then gets her passport stolen. Again. The

Get it together, girl!

President took his family on a three day vacation and PO’d some folks. I mean, how dare he take THREE WHOLE DAYS to spend quality time with his wife and children. Who does he think he is? George W.? (To the three other people who read this post: yes, I’m being sarcastic) BP finally placed a cap on the gushing well in the Gulf. Yeah! Hallelujah! Wait, premature ejubilation – the well is now “leaking”. Really, no one finds it odd that this big oil conglomerate is having so much trouble successfully capping this well? Where are the conspiracy theorists when you need them? And last but not least, it is hot as h-e-double hockey sticks all over the country. No, that’s not last. Congrats to John Krasinski and Emily Blunt on their wedding last weekend. He’s that dude from The Office.

I know who he is....

Until next time….

Hurricane Alex

This storm's reach spanned over 400 miles. Amazing!

Wow. Hurricane Alex made landfall approximately 450 miles from Houston yet it has rained buckets here all day. Flood watches have been enacted along the coastal lines. I’m so glad my little car made it through the high water on the way home from work. As frustrating as all the localized flooding has been, it pales in comparison to the damage in northern Mexico as two people are now confirmed dead with some reports indicating the death toll may reach five. My prayers and thoughts are with their loved ones.

As a survivor of Hurricanes Alicia and Ike and seeing the utter devastation of Hurricane Katrina, I can tell you these are not just bad thunderstorms. Living through the howling winds and torrential rainfall is hard enough, but living in their aftermaths is equally tough. No electricity for days, no food, no gas, waiting in long lines for bags of ice to salvage your perishable items, malfunctioning street lights – it definitely tests your character, patience and endurance.