Thge Lamestream Media are once again getting caught with their pants down, and feigning mock surprise that (gasp) conservative candidate Debra Medina appears to be gathering something of a following among the Tea Partiers in Texas.
After being surprised that she was even allowed in the debates at all, the lamestreams are continuing to be surprised that “Watch parties” are springing up across Texas to see the debate by Medina supporters. (San Antonio’s is at Fatso’s Sports Garden on Bandera Road; San Marcos is having on at Gil’s; etc.)
The Houston Chronicle relegates this revelation to the Blogs section:
Medina at the Ramparts
Debra Medina, the Wharton County nurse who makes her statewide debut tomorrow night as the insurgent candidate for the Republican gubernatorial campaign, was in Houston yesterday to unveil her plan to secure the Texas border. On paper, the plan bristles with guns, the Guard and tall, forbidding fences, as you might expect from a candidate who appeals to the Tea Party wing of the Texas GOP. In person, though, Medina is more nuanced (not to mention more earnest and didactic). It’ll be interesting to see which Medina comes across when she crashes the Rick and Kay Show at tomorrow night’s Republican gubernatorial debate in Denton.
Here’s how she talks about border enforcement: “I’m reminded by our Founding Fathers from Virginia, their legislature from Virginia early on passed this resolution — that all men are by nature equally free, independent and have certain inherent rights by which when they enter into a state of society they cannot be deprived or divested from their posterity, namely the enjoyment of life and of liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property and pursuing and attaining happiness and safety. All of us — Mexican, Chinese, Asian, Texan — are endowed with those inalienable rights. Texans want to share those. I believe we want to share those with our neighbors — neighbors from Mexico and neighbors from all over the world — but we must adhere in this state of society to the rules. . . . “
That’s no sound bite, obviously. It’s more a sound gulp. Still, I hope Medina gets a chance tomorrow night to engage her better-known competitors in a real debate about the issues, including illegal immigration.
Damn! From the Chronicle, that’s no faint praise; it’s tantamount to an actual endorsement.
The San Antonio Express-News is much more sanguine:
AUSTIN — The first contested Republican primary debate for Texas governor in 20 years is scheduled to air on statewide television Thursday night as Gov. Rick Perry tries to fend off challenges from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina.
The debate will air live in San Antonio at 7 p.m. on LATV, Channel 12.2; and will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on KLRN-DT and again on Saturday at 10 a.m. on KWEX (Univision) in Spanish and at 7 p.m. on KSAT. It will also be carried live on WOAI radio, 1200 AM.
An Internet live stream of the debate can be obtained from www.TexasDebates.org.
Perry is trying to sell Republican voters on the idea that his policies have slowed government growth, limited personal injury lawsuits, blocked gay marriages and kept the Texas economy healthier than the rest of the nation. Perry is attacking the federal government and portraying Hutchison as a Washington insider.
Hutchison has won three terms in the U.S. Senate. She portrays herself as a conservative fighting against health care reform and global warming legislation in Washington. Hutchison is making the case that Perry’s rhetoric is more conservative than the policies he has implemented, and that it is time for a change.
Medina, who comes from the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, is scoring a victory by being in the debate at all, because it validates her candidacy. She has been blocked from appearing in a second debate set to be hosted Jan. 29, by Belo Corp.
Medina is promoting the idea that states have the right to nullify federal laws that impinge on state sovereignty.
The debate is being sponsored by KERA public television in Dallas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, CBS and Univision affiliates in Dallas, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, the Texas State Network and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
Well, that explains why the Debate is being carried on WOAI radio in San Antonio at 7:00 pm and at 8:00pm on KLRN Public Broadcasting. It’s not an error; the TV is tape-delayed an hour.
Been driving me crazy all day trying to figure that out.
Your humble Alamo City Pundit will be there, of course. Medina supporters tend to be seriously good-looking.