Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

Lone Star Showdown

(Darren Gygi)
An up-close look at the Hutchison-Perry gubernatorial contest

Kay Bailey Hutchison probably wishes she could have a do-over. On August 17, at the Republican senator’s kick-off event for her gubernatorial candidacy in Texas, just about everything went wrong. An announcer repeatedly mispronounced the name of her hometown, La Marque (it’s “Luh Mark,” not “Luh Mark-EE”). The audience was so sparse that campaign staffers had to ask attendees to move out of the bleachers and onto the floor of a high-school gym so that photo and video images might create the illusion of a crowd. The mayor of nearby Texas City showed up but couldn’t join Hutchison on stage

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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