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the loin that squeaked
Texas Insider.org ^ | 2/3/2005 | Seton Motley

Posted on 02/04/2005 7:57:16 AM PST by txyankee

The Lion That Squeaked

by Seton Motley | Published Yesterday | Opinion

The Lion That Squeaked

It appears there is less room at the Governor’s mansion than originally thought

And then there were two?

Carole Keeton Strayhorn

Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who for the previous fifteen months has made it appear all but certain that she was ready and willing to run against current Governor Rick Perry in one or another politically affiliated capacity, has suddenly, it seems, acquired frigid feet, or at the very least blinked whilst staring down the incumbent.

Last Monday, Madame Comptroller shocked the 2006 watch party by stating that she has never ruled out attempting to re-up for her current gig. This came as a bit of a surprise to, well, just about everyone, given the slew of actions and activities with and in which she has engaged of late (and earlier, and early).

First there was Strayhorn’s granting current Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs permission in December 2003 to seek support and supporters for a potential Combs run for Comptroller. The two are old friends, but business is business, and politicians do not assist in their own potential undoing.

This would be not unlike Burger King asking McDonald’s if they can test market the new Whopper under the Golden Arches. Clearly, Strayhorn did not see Combs as a rival for any office in which she was interested.

Then there is the fact that over a year ago Strayhorn removed any and all titles of office from her campaign literature and headquarters. Thusly was the Strayhorn for Strayhorn campaign born. Her raising this amorphous front, from behind which she could raise campaign cash, certainly made it difficult to conclude anything but her desire for higher office.

Then there is, of course, the non-stop propaganda barrage being lobbed from the Comptroller’s office in the general direction of the Governor. Her accuracy is at best minimal, but she subscribes to the shotgun press release approach, figuring that at some point at least something amidst the slings and arrows of her outrageous assertions will find some sort of mark.

Strayhorn has been making it abundantly clear she does not like the job the Governor is doing, leaving the listener with the unspoken assertion that she herself would perform therein at a much higher level.

There is an oft-repeated turn of phrase of the Comptroller’s that could reasonably be described as the Strayhorn for Governor 2006 campaign slogan, “Texas is great, but it can be a whole lot better.” Ring any bells?

Tony Sanchez

(This, by the way, marks the 19,457th time Tony Sanchez has been ripped off as a result of his 2002 Gubernatorial run. His entire campaign staff should have worn masks and been holding guns every time they picked up their checks.)

According to the unofficial Comptroller for Governor campaign, Perry is incapable of doing anything right, even when he is doing what Strayhorn herself said was right.

To cite but one example, she has repeatedly accused the Governor of heartlessness for his Child Health Insurance Program reorganization, conveniently forgetting the fact that the changes he implemented were the ones she had initially suggested.

Meanwhile, the duties that Strayhorn was actually elected to perform have been, at times, not exactly her best work. (And if they are indeed an accurate representation thereof, then we have another, even larger problem with which to contend.)

Strayhorn has been exponentially inaccurate in her budget projections, which, last time I checked, was one of the main reasons we have a Comptroller. Just two years ago, she estimated the Texas Legislature faced a budget deficit of $5 billion. The deficit came in at just over $10 billion. She was off by 100%.

No mere rounding error, this.

And it was her inaccurate $1.8 billion overestimation of the revenue projections in 2001 that helped lead to the 2003 shortfall.

Adding insult to the injury was (and is) Strayhorn’s taking single-handed credit for every dollar brought in by the state. This is not unlike the ticket-taker claiming credit for the concert hall sellout.

So, to coin an old Chinese proverb, “One must get own house in order before looking to move to Governor’s mansion”.

Rick Perry

Perry, meanwhile, continues to pursue a conservative legislative agenda unabated by the heckling from the cheap seats. This is where the Strayhorn and Kay Bailey Hutchison rumblings become particularly galling.

Some Republicans, and even some conservatives, in Texas view Perry as somewhat bloodied, as damaged goods, and some of these, for reasons that I cannot possibly fathom, are angry with him. If the arguable point of his being hobbled were true, it would only be because Perry has repeatedly stuck his neck out to take hits for the team(s), whether it was for the Republicans with redistricting or conservatives with tort reform and the from ground up deficit elimination budget process in 2003.

Perry's good conservative deeds have not gone completely unrecognized, however. He has already garnered the endorsments of every major statewide office holder (all Elephants, of course), as well as the heads of virtually every conservative group in the state. So someone thinks he is doing something right.

In the course of doing the right things, over and over again, he may have indeed incurred some political injure. But these are scars of which to be proud, not wounds to be exploited.

The fact that some fellow Republicans would view this as an opportunity to attempt to take him out speaks volumes about them and their lack of conservative bona fides, and very little about any weakness of Perry's.

And with the looming potentiality of facing off against a sitting United States Senator and a legacy Comptroller in two years, what does Perry do? He leads the charge in the 2005 Session to try to end the “Robin Hood” school finance heist, revamp Worker’s Compensation, introduce school choice and end the asbestos litigation nightmare.

Certainly not the moderated agenda most men concerned for their seats would proffer.

Do not misunderstand; I am quite sure Perry would like to be Governor again in 2007. What he will not do, however, is acquiesce on his conservative litany in an effort to still be around next Session. He will do what he thinks is right, and hope that that does it for the voters when the time comes.

Contrasted with the scatter-shot Strayhorn, it should be more than enough.

Copyright February 3rd, 2005, by Seton Motley, TexasInsider.org, All Rights Reserved


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: kyjelly; loinsthatsqueak; perry; seton; setonmotley; strayhorn; texas
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To: expat_panama

This thread is rapidly degenerating into udder goofiness

(Not that it's a bad thing)


51 posted on 02/04/2005 8:24:44 AM PST by 5Madman2 (DemocRATS are Vermin)
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To: txyankee

The key to an active thread is a misspelt headline.

But you knew that. ;^)


52 posted on 02/04/2005 8:26:07 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Constitution Day; Tijeras_Slim; annyokie

I keep my loins well oiled, thankyewverymuch.


53 posted on 02/04/2005 8:26:47 AM PST by martin_fierro (</corny>)
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To: dirtboy; Pyro7480; Admin Moderator

Yes no title fixing until everyone has had his or her fun.


54 posted on 02/04/2005 8:27:09 AM PST by brothers4thID (I have knocked on door of this man's soul- and found someone home.)
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To: martin_fierro

A moose once bit my sister's loin!!!


55 posted on 02/04/2005 8:28:33 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

WD40


56 posted on 02/04/2005 8:28:56 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: dirtboy

You'll have to go to "ludicrous" speed to stop me. ;-)


57 posted on 02/04/2005 8:29:37 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: txyankee

This wasn't the story I was expecting when I clicked...


58 posted on 02/04/2005 8:30:23 AM PST by cyncooper
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To: Conspiracy Guy

... or a muffler.


59 posted on 02/04/2005 8:30:29 AM PST by Tarpaulin (Look it up.)
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To: Pyro7480
You'll have to go to "ludicrous" speed to stop me. ;-)

No problemo. My tach doesn't redline until I hit "completely absurd."

60 posted on 02/04/2005 8:30:38 AM PST by dirtboy (To make a pearl, you must first irritate an oyster)
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To: txyankee; dirtboy

Where is Ausitn? Do all the loins squeak there.


61 posted on 02/04/2005 8:31:14 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
It's hard for me to imagine a scenario where I'd ever cast another vote for Strylander. She even vocally opposed redistricting, siding with the runaway Democrats.

If she isn't a textbook example of a RINO, I don't know the definition.

62 posted on 02/04/2005 8:32:26 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: dirtboy

And it's all going on in Ausitn


63 posted on 02/04/2005 8:32:30 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Where is Ausitn? Do all the loins squeak there.

The loins of the liberal loons in Austin squeak for Howard's Dean's shriek.

64 posted on 02/04/2005 8:32:33 AM PST by dirtboy (To make a pearl, you must first irritate an oyster)
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To: dirtboy

In the jungle
The quiet jungle.
The Loin squeaks tonight.
In the jungle
The peaceful jungle.
The Loin squeaks tonight.


65 posted on 02/04/2005 8:33:48 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Deep fried with beer to drink!


66 posted on 02/04/2005 8:34:43 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: Constitution Day; freeangel

I'm in the middle of writing my grocery list for Food Loin right now, as a matter of fact!!!!


67 posted on 02/04/2005 8:34:47 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

You really could get yourself in deep you know what!!!!!!!


68 posted on 02/04/2005 8:35:18 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: Tarpaulin

Ear plugs?


69 posted on 02/04/2005 8:35:31 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

The jungle can't be very quiet with all those darn squeaky loins.


70 posted on 02/04/2005 8:36:16 AM PST by dirtboy (qu)
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To: dirtboy

I Austin near Ausitn


71 posted on 02/04/2005 8:36:33 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: txyankee; Petronski

I feel sorry for your thread. Without reading the whole thing, I know 99.99% of the posts are about squeaking loins.


72 posted on 02/04/2005 8:36:38 AM PST by cyborg
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To: Gabz

Pick me up a 12-pack of Rolling Rock, wontcha?

;^)


73 posted on 02/04/2005 8:36:48 AM PST by Constitution Day (NLC™)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

As long as it isn't the "Queer beer"


74 posted on 02/04/2005 8:36:56 AM PST by 5Madman2 (DemocRATS are Vermin)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

I've heard there is a new movie coming out about the Hilton sisters called "Secondhand Loins".


75 posted on 02/04/2005 8:37:15 AM PST by dirtboy (qu)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE; Conspiracy Guy

How come you keep draggin me into these things?????

Whad I ever do to you????????


76 posted on 02/04/2005 8:37:16 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: txyankee
Perry signed the hate crimes legislation. Perry and Dewhurst got spanked by the special interests on property tax reform and school funding.

His toll road plans are a disastrous way to go about crafting a legacy.

77 posted on 02/04/2005 8:38:11 AM PST by hopespringseternal
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To: Constitution Day
Pick me up a 12-pack of Rolling Rock, wontcha?

If that don't make your loins squeak, nothing will.

78 posted on 02/04/2005 8:38:22 AM PST by dirtboy (qu)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Deep fried loon loins

Austin

A thread degenrating into chaos

I guess it's friday


79 posted on 02/04/2005 8:38:30 AM PST by 5Madman2 (DemocRATS are Vermin)
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To: txyankee
What's going on down in Ausitn?

Buncha hippies there - vegan diet gives 'em squeaky loins.

80 posted on 02/04/2005 8:38:32 AM PST by green iguana
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To: cyborg

81 posted on 02/04/2005 8:39:15 AM PST by Petronski (Lately I haven't been all that cranky. I'll tell you about it someday.)
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To: Constitution Day

Sher thang!!!!!!!!!


82 posted on 02/04/2005 8:39:38 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: dirtboy

In the jungle
The noisy jungle
The Loin squeaks tonight.
In the jungle
Chaotic jungle
The Loin squeaks tonight


83 posted on 02/04/2005 8:39:48 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: txyankee

HHHMMMMM
So THAT is where all the noise was coming from.


84 posted on 02/04/2005 8:40:23 AM PST by najida (TO A GOOD HOME: Cute, male baby chinchilla. Please send references and criminal background check.)
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To: 5Madman2

Miller Lite for me.


85 posted on 02/04/2005 8:40:24 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: dirtboy

LOL


86 posted on 02/04/2005 8:40:51 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; 5Madman2

Miller High Life Light is far better!!!!


87 posted on 02/04/2005 8:41:20 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: Gabz; Robert A. Cook, PE

Get him Gabz


88 posted on 02/04/2005 8:41:24 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: Petronski

No comment. I have to behave.


89 posted on 02/04/2005 8:42:22 AM PST by cyborg
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Much better.


90 posted on 02/04/2005 8:42:30 AM PST by dirtboy (qu)
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To: Gabz

Never heard of it.


91 posted on 02/04/2005 8:43:00 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: TheBigB

squeaky loins ping


92 posted on 02/04/2005 8:43:11 AM PST by cyborg
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To: Denny Crane

I misread this as the Loin that Leaked.

Ewwwww


93 posted on 02/04/2005 8:44:02 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: RushCrush

LOLOL!!That's what I thought! I just HAD to click on the thread & check it out for myself! (Thought maybe it was some new Clinton stuff going on!)


94 posted on 02/04/2005 8:44:24 AM PST by gimme1ibertee (Lefty liberals never met a brain cell they could recognize.)
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To: RushCrush
"Loins squeaking? OUCH!"

Definitely Ouch!

However "Squeaking Loins" is an excellent name for a rock band!

95 posted on 02/04/2005 8:45:33 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (French: old Europe word meaning surrender)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Robert A. Cook, PE

Nah - he enjoys it too much!!!!!!!!!


96 posted on 02/04/2005 8:46:36 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: martin_fierro; Constitution Day

97 posted on 02/04/2005 8:47:15 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

It's only been the past couple months I've ever seen it.

It is much crisper than Miller Lite, which I also like.


98 posted on 02/04/2005 8:47:41 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: Petronski

This thread is about Texas, not Kentucky.


99 posted on 02/04/2005 8:48:10 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Gabz

Agreed-

The ideal Friday degnerating into chaos thread menu

Deep fried Loon Loins in buffalo wing sauce

Miller Lite

batter fried gizzards in chili sauce

MMMMMM MMMM Good


100 posted on 02/04/2005 8:48:14 AM PST by 5Madman2 (DemocRATS are Vermin)
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