Sep 13, 2009

Mad Hatter?

In the latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein states:
As fall approaches - and Commissioner Mark Domingue keeps his silence on if he will run for his commissioner seat like he says he will - or will he take the plunge and challenge Judge Ron Walkers hand picked man?
According to Philip, Precinct 2 Commissioner Domingue is keeping silent about his intentions, but he's already said he'll run. Apparently, this makes sense to Klein. PRK offers no evidence on his biased statement that Brent Weaver is "Judge Walkers [sic] hand picked [sic] man." 

Philip presents this penetrating political analysis:
...if he stays in the race for the heart and soul of the Jefferson County mid-county pct. he may get beat by the popular Brent Weaver - in fact - we think that Weaver is the candidate to beat.
Klein didn't explain why this race was for the "heart and soul" of Jefferson County, unless it's related to this gibberish:
As well, the GOP has simply taken over the mid-county boxes. The GOP rating (including cross over) was more than 65%. Domingue - who is simply not popular and understands that the old democratic union guard is dying (and we mean dying) is in a place where he can run and make it a race.
Here are the the 2006 primary election results: 

Democratic Primary
  • Mark L. Domingue  . . . . . . 5,506
  • Brent McDonald. . . . . . . . 1,951
Republican Primary
  • Rhonda D. Dugas . . . . . . . 679
Domingue ran unopposed in the fall elections after Dugas withdrew from the race.

The last time Philip invoked his "GOP rating," the figure had no relation to reality. In the November 2008 general election, his rating was close to the real ratio of straight party tickets for the entire Commissioner Precinct 2, not just mid-county as Philip claimed:


PCT#
Rep
Dem
McCain
Obama
PCT 7
192
310
400
443
PCT 9
946
271
2057
471
PCT 21
41
54
63
78
PCT 30
267
80
586
137
PCT 31
247
69
560
108
PCT 35
177
63
339
90
PCT 36
361
136
703
218
PCT 37
560
205
1196
364
PCT 38
561
109
1142
342
PCT 40
622
281
1246
431
PCT 41
19
30
50
42
PCT 42
498
226
1161
358
PCT 43
446
224
1041
343
PCT 56
753
245
1555
408
PCT 57
3
122
7
146
PCT 58
4
439
5
541
PCT 59
8
742
8
889
PCT 60
646
309
1330
486
PCT 61
335
285
647
399
PCT 69
724
276
1511
444
PCT 71
61
34
171
46
PCT 74
745
194
1485
356
PCT 80
1
0
1
0
PCT 83
289
75
579
139
PCT 95
100
72
223
114
PCT 98
27
6
42
11
PCT 106
3
0
3
0
PCT 109
2
1
2
1
PCT 110
0
0
0
0
PCT 114
0
0
2
0
Total
8638
4858
18115
7405
Percent
64%
36%
71%
29%
Sources: Jefferson County GOP website
                  Jefferson County Clerk




In a confused literary reference, Philip evokes the ghost of Lewis Carroll:
He is like the Mad Hatter. He is sitting back - listening and watching.
In Lewis Carroll's works, the Hatter is an eccentric and outspoken character, who testified against Alice in her trial and asked a riddle for which he had no answer. 

Since the Hatter was not known for "sitting back - listening and watching," Philip obviously hasn't read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass. An underlying theme of both books is the ephemeral nature of logic, so I suspect Klein never made it through the first chapter.

Philip concludes his critical analysis by predicting the outcome of the race for Jefferson County Judge:
Meaning? When the sheep go to the polls - they will remember Domingue more than they will remember Branick.
We'll revisit in the future, many times I'm sure.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Didn't Klein say Dan Bledsoe, who was thrashed by Joe Arisco in a Groves city council election, was going to a player in the county commissioner race? I guess Dan dropped out when Fillup gave him a tacit endorsement.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your blog, but I believe your one of headings for the 2008 general election results is incorrect. McCain should be the heading instead of Bush.

Anonymous said...

Hell, Klein said Hillary was going to run for Prez in 2000 and 2004. He finally got it right in 2008.

Then there was Delores Douglas.

Anonymous said...

The Mad Hatter was daft because he was poisoned by mercury, used in processing felt. What is Fillup's excuse?