Growing up on the Great Lakes we used to have a saying: “You either Fish, or Cut Bait.” It has the same meaning as what we say here today in Texas: “Either S**t or get off the pot.”
Time to commit, Texas. And not making a decision already IS a decision to stay with Governor “More-Of-The-Same” Perry.
Rasmussen Reports has a new survey of likely Texas voters out yesterday:
Texas Survey of 538 Likely GOP Primary Voters
Conducted February 1, 2010; By Rasmussen Reports
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
1* Suppose the Republican Primary for the 2010 Governor’s race were held today. Would you vote for Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison or Debra Medina?
11% Not sure
The Good News: Medina has increased her share of voter 4%, the only candidate who has increased. The bad news is that most of that came from the failing campaign of Kay Bailey Hutchison. Very little came from Perry. And 4% every two weeks is not enough to pass Kay Bailey Hutchison in March for the runoff election.
2* I’m going to read you a short list of people in the News. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression.
Candidate Very favorable Somewhat favorable Somewhat unfavorable Very unfavorable Not sure Rick Perry 24% 56% 15% 4% 1% Kay Bailey Hutchison 18% 49% 23% 8% 1% Debra Medina 16% 34% 21% 8% 21%
The bad news: Perry has the lowest Unfavorable ratings of any candidate. The Good news is thatMedina has a huge “Not Sure” contingent that just want to know more about her. These are the folks she needs to reach, and who need to Fish or Cut Bait.
3* How would you rate the job Rick Perry has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
18% Strongly approve
56% Somewhat approve
16% Somewhat disapprove
9% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure
That’s a 72% Approval rating, but 56% have some reservations of Perry’s term as Governor. Note also 25% disapprove of Perry, which is almost identical to the 21% who aren’t sure about Medina. Not that they are the same group, but surely there’s some amount of overlap of the two.
The second part of the poll released today has still more Good News for Medina:
The surprise, as in the new Rasmussen Reports survey of the GOP gubernatorial primary, is the growing strength of Debra Medina, a businesswoman active in the state’s Tea Party movement. Medina now edges White 41% to 38%. Last month, White had a 44% to 38% lead on her. In this contest, six percent (6%) favor some other candidate, but a more sizable 16% are undecided.
So Debra Medina is just as viable a candidate against a Bill White candidacy as either Perry or Hutchison. That’s very good news for the Medina camp.
The question remains, however; Are those “Somewhat approve”-ing voters going to make the move, or just settle for “Governor Somewhat?”
If you’re one of those voters, you should watch this video. Just a few minutes; make the time:
If you feel you don’t know enough about Debra Medina, YouTube has over thirteen pages of interviews, debates, and news pieces about her starting HERE.
No excuses. No reason not to be informed on your choices.
And you only have yourselves to blame if Governor Somewhat bankrupts the Texas economy in a year or two — which is what’s looking more and more likely all the time.
Are you gonna Fish? Or Just sit there cuttin’ bait all night?
Me — I’m gonna catch some fish, Texas. Let’s Go.