The world-class conference, Globalization of Higher Education began today in Dallas. Obscured by other news coverage, this convocation of eclectic movers and shakers in politics, government, media, business and education is barely a blip on the media radar.
And that’s exactly how they want it.
At first, I thought it was merely the West Texas version of an Elvis sighting, but I was wrong.
Randy Neugebauer, District 19’s prodigal son, has come home this weekend. After months of sending a staff surrogate, claiming to be too busy to debate his primary opponents, May and Winn, Congressman Neugebauer arrived just in the nick of time to appear at the Lubbock County GOP Convention to beg for support.
If you’ve ever questioned why the disapproval rate for government and politics is in the 80’s, look no further than the creeping pall of corruption, the ethical lapses and personal self-interest which trumps community interest. We read, watch, and hear about every single day. We’ve become desensitized; we mistakenly believe it’s the cost of doing business and getting things done.
Beaten down and bleeding from the media spotlight of Abbott’s political sins, the Texas GOP quickly mounted an anemic response to bring Texas women back to their party. Will the newly-formed PAC and website, http://www.redstatewomen.com/ do the trick?
Greg Abbott’s campaign for Texas Governor is looking more and more like a Charlie McCarthy routine, with campaign advisor Dave Carney pulling the strings while Greg Abbott whips out the snappy one-liners. His latest pithy and controversial meme: Latina wife.
It was a political stroke of luck that couldn’t have been more perfect. Well...at least, for those who bought into it.
March is Women’s History Month; a thirty-one day celebration of the historical contributions of women.
Remarkably, WHM is still in its infancy. It was less than forty years ago that the study of women’s history was unheard of, not just in the curricula of higher education, but in the public consciousness as well.
A Hispanic bakery, handmade signs intended to showcase the common man-populist support in Lubbock, Greg Abbott posing for a picture with a young Hispanic Texas Tech student, both of them brandishing the “Guns Up” sign (even though Abbott is a UT graduate!) False fodder for photo-ops!
Welcome to a carefully-staged and choreographed visit to the second most conservative city in America, Lubbock, Texas. Greg Abbott’s visit was a movie set, a Potemkin village where the façade is designed to fool the populous, rather than inform.