We haven’t been paying attention to Texas politics — why bother? — but this article somehow seems noteworthy. It’s in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal of Lubbock, Texas, and it’s titled Dewhurst, Patrick debate each other’s character. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
“Who’s telling the truth?” was the central issue in a much-anticipated debate that focused mostly on questions of character between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick, candidates in the May 27 runoff for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.
The winner faces Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio.
To an observer from outside of Texas, most of the Dewhurst-Patrick debate seems to be nonsensical, so we’ll skip around until we find the fun parts. This shows up early in the article:
Dewhurst set the tone for the debate with first words of his opening remarks, saying, “I am David Dewhurst, and I’ve been David Dewhurst since I was born,” an oblique reference to a statement in one of his campaign ads that alleges Patrick had changed his name from Dannie Goeb to run for office.
Why is that an issue? Nobody wants to be known as a goober. Then it got nasty:
Dewhurst also said he volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War. “My opponent chose not to do that. That is his business,” he said.
Aha! What did the goober say to that? We’re told:
Patrick dismissed Dewhurst’s allegations as dirty politics.
Good response! Now here’s the fun stuff:
Both supported unhindered oil and gas exploration, fracking and teaching creationism in schools. Both supported cutting funds to women’s care facilities that provide abortions.
Wow! The Republican voters have a difficult choice. Oh wait — Patrick made this attack:
Patrick said Dewhurst trusted him enough to name him chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “He counted on me to get the job done this session,” Patrick said of Dewhurst. In citing his own legislative achievements, Patrick cited first posting “In God We Trust” in the Texas Senate and adding “under God” to the state pledge.
Great accomplishments! Then they argued about bankruptcy. Patrick admitted that he went bankrupt in the 1980s, but he responded by mentioning that Dewhurst had a business that went bust. Exciting, huh?
The debate went on for an hour. We wish we could have been there to see one creationist accusing another of being a goofball.
We don’t know who will win the primary. It doesn’t seem to make much difference. They’re both creationists, and that’s what really matters in Texas.
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