"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


could've been so beautiful, could've been so right

Well, I have to hand it to Rick Perry. Depriving the people of Fort Bend County of representation for several months so you can pull the political trick of the year was pure genius.

Emperor Goodhair has called for a special election to fill Tom DeLay's vacant seat. For the same date as the general election. So, there will be two elections: one to determine who holds the seat from November - January, and another to determine who will hold the seat from January 2007 - January 2009. You will recall that the Republicans tried to pull a fast one, the courts (including Scalia) said no, and so they have a write-in candidate for the general election.

So why is this a smart political move? Because it means that, if they choose the same candidate (which they will), her name will be on the ballot. Getting voters to spell/remember a candidate's name correctly is one of the most difficult parts of running a write-in candidate for office. Thanks to this move, voters will be able to cross reference Shelly Sekula-Gibbs on the other part of their ballot, thereby giving the Republicans a chance. Assuming she runs.

As The Librarian points out, whoever came up with that deserves a cushy political appointment. Rick Perry, Texas in Africa salutes your staff and party operatives for brilliance in playing politics with political representation. Read between the lines.


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