Apparently, Gov. Barnes thinks Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez is a good pick for the Senate seat being finally vacated by Sen. Hutchison.
While Sanchez, the former top military commander in Iraq who was forced out by the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, wouldn’t speak about the Senate race, he did discuss his career and political philosophy.
“I would describe myself as during my military career as supporting the president and the Constitution,” Sanchez said. “After the military, I decided that socially, I’m a progressive, a fiscal conservative and a strong supporter, obviously, of national defense.”
Sanchez, a Rio Grande City, Texas, native, said that he was shaped by his upbringing.
“It’s my views and my history, having grown up in south Texas, depending on social programs and assistance, that America has a responsibility to its people,” he said.
OK, a few things here… first off, the Abu Ghraib thing. He wasn’t directing the troops in the prison to do what they did, however, he took responsibility as their highest ranking commanding officer. Honestly, I don’t really want to hear anything from anyone on this point and I know if he decides to run, another candidate will make an issue of it and I’ll have to beat the shit out of them. Sorry, that’s how I roll and he’s already paid for something he didn’t do.
Next up, socially progressive and fiscally conservative. Not bad, so is the vast majority of the state, something that’s been missed by both R and D ‘strategists’ for some time. However, are we talking conservative from the standpoint of ‘We have to pay for the government we want’ or from the ‘We’re cutting taxes regardless, it’ll bring in more revenue. YEEHAW’? Need some details there. If it’s the latter, someone pass me some wood and nails.
Finally, the Latino thing. White Texas Democrats have for years been thinking that running a Latino statewide is nothing more than ‘Insert Latino Surname Here’ and it just doesn’t work like that. Latino’s are not a monolithic community and they don’t vote in lock step, even for a Latino candidate so if that’s the strategy here, it won’t work. If there’s something more to it, then yeah… I’d love to hear it.
So, General, what’s the deal? You serious about doing this and winning or is this going to be a re-run of past episodes of Democrats : We Try Real Hard? I have to say I am VERY encouraged by the bolded part… that’s more about what this country is about than a Texas Democrat has said in years!