The Anti-Hillary: GOP’s Kay Bailey Hutchison for VP

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison

No one is suggesting any variation in the all-male, all-white GOP presidential pool, but a new idea has sprung up to reassure Repubs they have a chance in 2008. It’s simple. Just trot out Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Tex-R) for vice president!

Republicans must win Texas if they have the slightest hope of keeping the White House.

Next, consider current polls. They suggest that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton may well be the Democratic nominee for president…

Presenting a softer side to the GOP ticket might be the remaining chance the party has to harvest a significant number of women voters, particularly against Clinton.

Hutchison’s “softer side” includes support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after receiving more contributions from big oil and gas than anyone in Congress, overturning a ban on handguns in the nation’s capital, and receiving a rating of zero from the League of Women Voters for her environmental record.

On the other hand, she is a leading critic of immigration reform, and wanted to go Bush one better with her “No Amnesty Amendment.” Although defeated, it would have forced those trying to become citizens to leave the country for at least two years before applying. This last move has red meat Republicans sniffing a winner. All I smell is the same old Texas cow pies.


  • July 5, 2007 - 10:03 am | Permalink

    With her track record, she would be perfect on the G.O.P. ticket. She’s the prototypical Republican, and a “uniter” like Bush. At least her stance on immigration tells me she’s a “fence-mender”.

  • Malone
    July 5, 2007 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    It would rock the Hillary/Demo world to have Kay Bailey on the Ticket. I dont think anyone is stronger on 2nd Amendment and private property rights here in Texas. I like it. I know how prevelant she is here….she would get huge press nationwide.

  • George in PA
    July 6, 2007 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    If someone mentions her compassionate conservatism, I will surely hurl.

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