I have to agree with those who have described the Texas Republican runoff campaign as one of the most miserable in recent memory.
Heck, it might be the worst in anyone’s memory.
The lieutenant governor’s GOP runoff between incumbent David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick has devolved into a mud fest “featuring” the release of Patrick’s medical records in an attempt to imply that the Patrick might suffer from latent emotional scars from a previous bout with depression.
The attorney general’s runoff between Dan Branch and Ken Paxton has become a contest over which guy is more crooked than the other one.
The Railroad Commission race between Ryan Sitton and Wayne Christian has brought forth allegations that one of the candidates, Christian, is a closet greenie who’s unfriendly to the state’s oil and gas industry.
The Republican Party is at war with itself. It’s the Establishment vs. the Tea Party. The Establishment has been winning statewide battles around the country. I’m not sure the civil war is playing out quite that way in Texas, where the establishment wing of the GOP has become just as conservative as the tea party wing. Watching these people trying to outflank each other on the right is akin to watching someone walking a tightrope over a bottomless abyss.
It hasn’t been much fun to watch.
I’m ready for it all to end, which it will when the ballots are counted Tuesday night.