Jan 5, 2009


In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein dismissed Governor Rick Perry's conservative credentials with his brilliant analysis:

So what as conservatives is left? Where was Perry this last week? Why was he not on the phone? Because here comes Mr. Compassionate Conservative?

Oh God ... not again.

Of course, Rick Perry cut state programs rather than raising taxes during the budgeting shortfall in 2003. He advocated property tax reform as a necessary component for the funding public education in the state of Texas, and his biggest constituency during his 2006 reelection campaign was the evangelical right.

Of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Philip writes:

And so - now as a conservative in Texas without a leader - Kay - my check is in the mail. And please accept it with my honor as maybe one of the last conservatives in Texas.

Hutchison, of course, is a pro-choice Republican who voted for the Wall Street Bailout and the Democratic bill that would have expanded eligibility for the federal Children's Health Insurance Program for families up to 300 percent of the poverty level.

Since Philip enjoys repeating unsubstantiated rumors, here's an interesting one that's been circulating for several years. During his time in the Dairy Queen business, Philip donated $1,000 to Hutchison's senatorial campaign in 1994 and allegedly pledged an even larger donation to follow. Unfortunately, he apparently never honored his  promise and they're still sending him letters to collect the pledge.

We'll revisit Klein's promise that the "check is in the mail" after the next campaign reporting cycle closes. 

Note to Philip: I wouldn't place too much credence in those letters - they send them to everyone, even me:

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