Mayor Mike Rawlings for U.S. Senate in 2014? Little Birds Talk.

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The Democrats are talking to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings about running for the U.S. Senate in 2014 when John Cornyn's current term expires. Some Democrats. Some kind of Democrat-type persons. And now you pretty much know what I know.

The mayor reluctantly conceded to me yesterday that he has been approached and that the people who approached him were not Republicans or Whigs. I felt justified in asking him after the second little bird told me about it. The first little bird told me I couldn't say anything, but my basic rule is that I only have to go by the conditions set by the last little bird I talked to.

I said to the mayor, "I'm talking to this bird, this little bird, and this little bird tells me that the Democrats are looking at Mike Rawlings for the Senate."

He said, "Yes? So?"

See, for me and most of the conversations I have with people, that's absolute effusiveness. At least he didn't say, "How did you get this number?"

Rawlings gave me 85 ways to Sunday why he's not interested in talking to me or anybody else about partisan politics right now.

"Look, Jim, there are several reasons why that's a bad idea. Reason one is I promised the citizens of Dallas that I'm going to be mayor, OK? Question two is I'm way too fiscally conservative for the Democrats and way too progressive for the Republicans on the social issues."

I said sure, yeah, I understood that, but I wondered if there might not be a lot going on with the Democrats and the Republicans alike that might make them all want to shoot themselves anyway, as Chris Christie recently proposed, and find some totally new blood.

Didn't work.

He said, "The role of mayor is to stay out of this partisan hogwash as much as I can, so opining on different positions of the Democratic and Republican parties gets me in the middle of that."

Tried again with some other limp line. He said, "The most important thing for me is to keep figuring out this stuff at City Hall and trying to get people, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, to see that these cities are the real engine drivers in America."

I said, "Some Democrats of some kind of description have approached you about the Senate, right?"

He said, "I think you're reading way too much into that. People talk a lot in different avenues, but that's just bad logic at this point. I've got a commitment to the citizens of Dallas."

Hmm. I said, "Maybe the Republicans will approach you about it next."

He said, "Not the way the Republicans are moving, I don't think so."

There it is! Did you see that? Did you see what he just said? Yeah. Bagged him. In the sack, man. When do we see the billboards?


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oilman
oilman

...WHOA...what was that piece of lightening that just woke me up....zzzzzz....oh yeah, it seems that I remember from back in 2011, mayor Mike was running interference for a professor of lying and Orwellian speech by the name of Luntz, seems like Mike wanted Luntz to teach the rest of the Dallas city council to tell better lies...(as if they needed extra education in that)...and I also remember that before his election to the office of Mayor, Mike held the title of "Payday Loan Prince" or maybe it was King...because he meant so much to the payday loan racket (or business -if you like that word)...BUT I'd vote for a yellow dog before I vote for Cornyn...so yeah, I'd vote for Mike for Senate...not that I'd trust him any further than I can see with rose colored glasses...

lacpac2011
lacpac2011

Is this why demo leadership did not want to support a resolution against renaming the Dallas Convention Center.  It passed overwhelming with most wanting to do more including litigation to over turn the measure.  My My Almost as bad as the state of the Demo party subversion of democracy address by the helm last week. P

ryan762
ryan762

Way too progressive on social issues? The guy who wouldn't even sign a statement supporting the idea of gay marriage?

Way too fiscally conservative? He supports spending billions and billions of taxpayer money on the unneeded tollroad in the river.

Remember
Remember

Gee, that worked so well for  . . . Leppert . . . Kirk . . . . Bartlett . . . . 

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

The Democrats don't want to run anyone that might have a future in the party.  2014 is too early.  The next victorious Democratic senator from Texas will be Hispanic.  No other way or future.  As long as you continue to see statewide Democratic candidates that look like Mayor Rawlings, you know that party is just waiting.  For all the criticisms about Republican Old Guard, same thing applies to Democratic Party.  People like Doggett and Royce West will also have to step aside.  A tsunami washes away ALL boats.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

We Democrats owe Texas republican whackos a debt of gratitude for sinking the GOP. 

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Like it matters.  The Democrats cannot get elected to any state wide office in The Great State of Texas.  Thank God!   Cornyn's biggest worry is in the primary where he will face a real Texan that does is not a Washington establishment Republican.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

What's his plan to balance the budget and reduce the deficit?  If we do not begin to address this issue, a lynch mob will eventually come for the Boomers.

d-may
d-may

I don't think he wants to be a politician. I don't think he ever wanted to be a politician. Let me tell you the story about how Rawlings became mayor:

Rawlings didn't actually want the job, but neither did anyone else. At the time, it looked like Dallas was going to have to go through a MAJOR fiscal budget mess, and that mess would crush the careers of any aspiring politician. Meanwhile, Tom Leppert was such a fiscally liberal guy, pushing big spending projects left and right, and people were so tired of having a rich white business guy in the office that it looked like frickin' Kunkle was going to be the mayor.  Well, the business elite didn't want THAT, but none of them wanted the job either. *So the business elite got together one night and drew straws. Rawlings drew the short straw, so he had to run. Basically, he lost and so he had to become mayor. 


*I don't know that this is true. Probably isn't. Whatever, it's close enough to what happened. 

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Hm. "Some kind of Democrat-type persons." These wouldn't happen to be the same ones who convinced Ron Kirk to take a dive in the 2002 election and Richard Fisher in 1994, so that the human kidney stones we got wouldn't have any real competition?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I suppose there could be worse candidates for senate. He's better than the last Dallas mayor who ran for higher office.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@Remember 

Bartlett was actually doing pretty well in the congress when the Citizens Council ordered him back to town to take the mayor's seat and get the black people in order. He came back to be mayor, but he was too smart to crack the whip the way the boys wanted. He seems to have done pretty damn well for himself since, but you could argue that coming back to be mayor put the kaibosh to his partisan elective career. Something in the water at City Hall, hardly anybody ever gets out of there alive, politically at least. More the miracle if Rawlings can.

Lorlee
Lorlee

@roadsidecouch The pendulum always swings --- for a hundred years no Republican got elected State wide -- it will happen again.  

And what is it with Dallas Mayors thinking they might be Senate material, Leppert, Kirk, Bartlett.  You may be the mayor of the 8th or 9th or whatever largest City in the country, but you have no real power. 

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

@d-may When Leppert put Rawlings in the Park Board seat, that was the first hint of what was to come. Leppert told the DCC of his plans so they found Rawlings as the replacement. When Kunkle decided to run, it scared the shit out of the DCC and Suhm so they went hard and heavy on winning by rattling the South Dallas power brokers.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@JimSX @Remember I'd argue that it worked out pretty well for Ron Kirk in the end, years as a trade ambassador I would guess is a much sweeter gig than being part of congress. And while I have no idea what Leppert does these days other than looking like Skeletor, but I'm assuming he ended up in a pretty sweet consultant role or as a lobbyist for someone.

Rawlings will end up running, he will lose, and he will end up working for some large corporation (since he has CEO experience) and another white businessman will  become Mayor and have to cut ribbons for a few years.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@JimSX @Remember I watched Congressman Bartlett a lot on CNBC when he headed the Financial Roundtable, a Chamber of Commerce for national banks.  He seemed like a reasonable, literate guy.  He must have brought his own bottled water to the meetings at City Hall.  Mayor Rawlings is no way of that caliber.  He is just one more cork bobbing in the bathtub, skilled enough to save himself, but clearly not doing any steering for anyone else.

NotMe
NotMe

@holmantx Unfortunately, once 10's of millions of new middle-class welfare recipients are added to the wagon being pulled by the productive, they'll mostly prefer subsidized insurance premiums to having to work for the money themselves. It's human nature, unfortunately. The fact is, most people are mostly healthy: the really sick are a small minority. Only the sick really care about the quality and availability of health care. The rest will just enjoy the free ride.


TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@holmantx @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

Everyone in D.C. is fecking incompetent. Classic case of mission creep in this case. Keep on making tweaks to the machine right up until the rollout and they're surprised that it doesn't work. No wonder they don't have real jobs.

I'll never understand why Obama & Co. didn't just pretend to be magnanimous, acquiesce to the demands from the right to postpone the individual mandate and try to save face when they knew this jalopy wouldn't run on day one.

Well . . . yes I do. *facepalm*

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Okay, I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. Is "back segment of George W. Bush's human centipede" better?

WylieH
WylieH

@P1Gunter @JimSX @Remember Leppert is running a division of the Washington Post Company that focuses on the for-profit segment of the education business.

NotMe
NotMe

@casiepierce It's human nature to prefer a subsidy, once it's been granted, to returning to paying your own way. Mostly healthy people don't use much medical care, so once they realize the burden of insuring themselves and their families has been lifted from their own backs, and a claim to the labor of others has been substituted for that burden, they will be disinclined to return to paying for it themselves. Most people's primary concern is the premium, not the coverage. It's only when serious illness strikes that people get out the policy and examine the limitations and coverages carefully. And that number of people is small, relative to the whole. 

And persecution complex, by any chance? I didn't use the word "lazy" in my comment. My comment about human inertia seems pretty uncontroversial if you've spent any time among humans.


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@casiepierce @NotMe @holmantx 

I believe he was talking about retiring Boomers.

And if you cannot be excluded from coverage due to pre-existing conditions then let's not call it insurance. What you describe does not fit the definition of insurance.  It is an entitlement.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@NotMe @holmantx If it's "human nature" to sit around and be lazy, then there's NO WAY the human race could have survived into the 21st century. And if "people are mostly healthy" then what free ride are you talking about?!? I too am "mostly healthy" but I have an annoying pre existing condition that won't kill me, just make my life miserable without certain medications. But I probably have it because my ancestors were lazy. You're a tool.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx So you want to add to the number of unemployed Americans?  Yes the Defense budget is bloated, but cutting it isn't going to cut the bloat, it will cut the jobs, and the fat cats will keep their bloat.  If you instead, push to reform the Federal contracting process, you will see the bloat fall away like magic.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@holmantx  I was around when Medicare met the same doomsday predictions by conservatives back in the Sixties.  Try touching Medicare now and see how far you go as a candidate.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @holmantx @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

It was passed unilaterally by the Democrats and they were ejected from the House in 2010 for their efforts.  If they don't get this thing fixed, 2014 is going to be a rough one.  

If it's just the web site, it can be repaired.  But if it is true that our government is just not competent to administer a system of this size and scope, even the wagon riders will walk back to Parkland - can we all now admit everyone who needed healthcare got it?

And the kids aren't signing up.  That alone will cause it to fail.  We need twenty million utes to pay like they are middle-aged.  And, of course, they'd rather use the money for their fist car payment or to start a family.  

All the Repubs have to offer is free healthcare to the 40 million who the Dems say weren't covered (which was always bullshit).  It would be far cheaper, and everyone could keep their health plan, and their doctor (ha!).

And another thing that is going to complete the faceplant out of the chute are the healthcare professionals.  They aren't going for this.  We are asking them to work longer hours for much less money.  If they don't get on board with it, all they have to do is drag their feet.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The Great Plague occurred after rodent-controlling cats were killed by the millions.  Best watch out.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@LeroyJenkem 

I've heard that he got an "A" from the NRA.

I suppose they'll just be known as the "NR"  from now on.

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