If you're a mom whose job is U.S. senator from Texas (not to mention the candidate hoping to unseat GOP Gov. Rick Perry) -- and there's a big health care vote coming up, unfriendly-to-flight DC weather threatening and Christmas looming -- what's your schedule like?
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's campaign provided this taste:
- Speak on Senate floor, 7:20 a.m. vote followed by press conference.
- All outbound flights are canceled from DC-area airports. Book a flight from New York to Dallas-Fort Worth with a 7:29 p.m. departure
- Take the train to Penn Station (the scheduled 2-hour, 57-minute train trip turns into a 4-hour, 30-minute trip). Grab a cab to La Guardia.
- Sit an hour on the tarmac
- Land at D-FW at 10:30 p.m. Go home.
- Two 8-year-olds in tow, board 10:15 a.m. flight to DC
- Sit on runway until 12:30 p.m.
- Land in DC, sit on tarmac with children for three hours until about 7:30 p.m.
- Drop children off with friends, rush to Senate floor.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Kay's time with the kids...
Kay has a couple of adopted children and her campaign sent out a picture of Kay playing with them in the snow (link). Excerpt follows...
This is sweet and everything... and it is obviously an attempt to humanize Kay and make her more relatable to moms... but this schedule raises the question about how much Kay has really been engaged in the health care debate... this is the most important debate in a generation, and she promised to fight with every fiber in her body... but she has not been able to bring over any moderate Democrats, and in fact she made a bad vote of her own...
There is more and more chatter in circles I run in that Kay is too focused on collecting sound bites for her web site and not focused enough on doing the actual work necessary in the senate to delay or stop the health care bill... where is her Jimmy Stewart Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment?