First the news- former state comptroller John Sharp has announced support from 11 of the 12 Texas Democratic state senators in nonexistent U.S. Senate special election. Included in the endorsement where the following officials.
Wendy Davis of Fort Worth
Mario Gallegos, Jr. of Houston
Juan 'Chuy' Hinojosa of McAllen
Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville
Eliot Shapleigh of El Paso
Carlos Uresti of San Antonio
Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio
Kirk Watson of Austin
Royce West of Dallas
John Whitmire of Houston
Judith Zaffirini of Laredo
Rodney Ellis of Houston couldn't be reached.
Of course, at this point, is there news here? Even when Bill White was contesting John Sharp for the nonexistent U.S. Senate primary, the back and forth was all a bit silly because I've long held the belief that Hutschison was never going to resign, which so far has kept becoming more and more true. And while the Sharp campaign I'm sure was thrilled (along with many Democratic primary voters) that Bill White was moving to the Governor's race, what exactly has it won?
The point of releasing a slate of the state senators' endorsements is to position yourself against any other latecomers that might want to get into your race. But if in the end, there isn't a race to get into, what does it matter? If there is no resignation and there is no race, then we're assuming that Sharp is running for 3 years until 2012, and that all of these endorsements are going to stick all the way until then, and that no one else is going to get in and change the calculus for the endorsers?
I don't dislike Sharp (I actually like his brand of old school politics) and if helps them to have my personal endorsement, sure, fine, you've got it. But that's the point- what difference does it make if you know it's being given in a nonexistent primary for a nonexistent election? Other than policy releases or attacks on other potential candidates for the nonexistent election, I'm not sure Burnt Orange Report really has a place to write about any more endorsements on the Democratic side of this “race” until there is a reasonable expectation there is a race once more.
Am I wrong? I'd be more than interested in hearing from readers on this one in the comments.