The Politics of Ike
Here on the East Coast, far away from Hurricane's Ike destruction, it's almost impossible to evaluate the response by elected officials. But it's worth remembering ...
Here on the East Coast, far away from Hurricane's Ike destruction, it's almost impossible to evaluate the response by elected officials. But it's worth remembering that the political stakes -- in addition, of course, to the human stakes -- are quite high.
That's because two key figures in the response, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Houston Mayor Bill White, may run against each other for governor in 2010.
Perry has won reelection twice, but mainly because he's a Republican in Texas, where every statewide elected official is a Republican. The 39% of the vote he took in a four-way race in 2006 was underwhelming.
If the people of Texas judge his response to Ike a success, voters may truly embrace Perry for the first time. With Perry likely to face a primary challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the governor certainly could use the support.
As for White, he's viewed as the Democrats' best hope to break the Republican stranglehold in Texas. That's because he's the mayor of the largest city in the state and because he's viewed as a pragmatic, middle-of-the-road leader. Of course, nothing tests a leader's effectiveness like a natural disaster.
We invite you to discuss and comment on this article using social media.
Judge Blocks Trump's Order to Defund Immigrant Sanctuaries11 hours ago
Pre-Obamacare, Preexisting Conditions Plagued States and Insurers11 hours ago
California Bill Would Blacklist Contractors Who Build Trump's Border Wall12 hours ago
After Contaminating the Water Supply Near a Base, Air Force Refuses to Follow Michigan Law12 hours ago
Arizona Provides Consumers Relief From Surprise Medical Bills12 hours ago
Universities Given Freedom From Some Oversight in West Virginia12 hours ago