When the GOP gubernatorial debate was finished last night at Belo’s WFAA-TV in Dallas, the 40 or 50 journalists who’d been watching the show backstage from a “media viewing area” were invited to file into the Channel 8 lobby, where featured performers Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina had been asked to attend a post-debate press conference.
Pretty soon, though, word filtered into the lobby that Perry wouldn’t be showing up. Then came news that Hutchison wouldn’t, either. Only Medina (pictured) stepped to the podium, claiming a “strong” debate performance and ripping her opponents for their absence at the after-party.
Medina was right about performing strongly in the statewide debate–she outdid Hutchison, for sure–but I’d say the night’s real winner was Perry. In contrast to the public-TV debate held earlier this month, when he came off oily and shallow, last night’s Perry was sharp, composed and commanding, downright statesmanlike. The turnaround was enough to etch his frontrunner status in the race in stone, I’d bet, and by the time the evening was over the increasingly formidable Medina–surprisingly and against all odds– seemed a threat to overtake Kay.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Should I change the name of this blog to Rick vs. Debra?
Is Kay even still relevant? Will she slip behind Medina in the polls after her lackluster performance in the second debate?
The Dallas Blog makes some good points (link). Excerpt follows...
I would agree but as I have said I think Medina has fringed herself with her appearances on Alex Jones' program, her secession rally speeches, her foul language, and some of her personal rather than policy attacks on Rick. If not for those things Medina might be a credible Anyone But Rick alternative to Kay. As it is I am not sure... and I think I will keep the name Rick vs. Kay...