A new opinion poll found Texas business leaders believe the state's economy is moving in the right direction, the national economy is on the wrong track and government regulations and rising health care costs are the top two issues facing the business community.
R.G. Ratcliffe blogged about it and got completely confused by the difference between believing the national economy and the state economy are in trouble. If Texans view the national economy very dimly, but view the Texas economy less dimly or even somewhat positively (as they do), then that helps not hurts Rick, and hurts not helps Bill White.
I think what is happening here is that Rasmussen showed the race within 4 points, so the press are hoping for an interesting race after the promised clash of the titans in the Republican primary turned out to be an epic slaughter. This may explain why so many news outlets picked up the extremely liberal George Soros-backed "watch dog" group's list of the worst governors showing Rick on the list despite some seriously flawed reasoning (including rejecting UI stimulus, a decision supported by large majorities of Texans). Most failed to mention it was a group with a clear liberal agenda or that 80% of the honorees were Republicans, and the only two Democrats are "on the outs" with the Soros-based Democratic establishment.
But I digress.
Here is my blog yesterday about R.G. Ratcliffe's poorly informed blog (link). Okay, this was blogged early enough in the afternoon that R.G. should have had a google alert set up with his name warning him that his story was based on a false premise. Yet somehow the story with the false premise still ended up in the actual newspaper in San Antonio (link) and Houston (link)...
The respective headlines...
Ailing economy worries Texans, could hurt Perry
The story is basically the same in each city, and it is just a bunch of pinheads bloviating, to use a Fox News turn of phrase... only at the end does it mention the fact that the poll is on the overall economy, not the Texas economy. Even then, it seems like just an interpretation from Rick's spokesman as opposed to just a solid fact.
This can only "hurt" Rick... as the headline editorializes... if daft journalists decide to make it a self fulfilling prophesy and make it their mission to confuse the state of the economy in Texas versus the economy nationally.
In reality, if more Texans view the national economy as a crisis but believe that the Texas economy is relatively resilient, it will create more of a rally around our guy effect... it will make Bill White's Obamaesque policies even more unattractive than they already are. It will play right into Rick's crusade against Washington.
Why wasn't that the headline?
I think we all know why.