Well, summer is over and since 2014 is an election year, there are announcements and rumors of announcements all over the place. For those of us who have friends running against friends, this is a good time to screen your phone calls and duck political commitments until the filing deadline passes. So awkward. Or, you might just be trying to figure out who's who and who's running for what.
Frankly, my head is spinning.
One resource is the Texas Tribune's 2014 Elections Pencil Brackets. They keep it pretty up to date, but of course it won't show your local stuff. After the filing deadlines, we will have a clearer picture. My advice? Keep your powder dry; things are pretty fluid right now, and there are still announcements yet to come.
I have found some of the preliminary announcements troubling however. Recently Red State's Dan McLaughlin had a great piece entitled "73 Rules for Running For President as a Republican," and a goodly number of his 73 rules could apply to any GOP and/or 'Conservative' candidate. Based on some of the acknowledged and rumored candidates I've seen so far, here's just two rules I've come up with for Texas.
1. Don't bother running for office if you can't manage to be faithful to your spouse. If your indiscretions don't come out in the Primary, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Dems will be all over it. Seriously dude, you might give some pretty speeches about how you came to Jesus when you were like, seven or something, but half of Austin knows how you've behaved when away from home. We've got some very vocal, truly empowered women working in the Texas GOP, and frankly we won't put up with you as the nominee. Spare your wife and family the grief and embarrassment, okay?
2. If you spent most of 2012 campaigning for a Democrat candidate but are now running as a Republican in 2014, forget it. You might think primary voters are too stupid to know what you're up to, but really, you won't have a chance. At least not in Williamson County.
I'm sure we'll come up with some more gems before too long. For now, these will do.