The Peter Morrison Report

Summary of this week’s report (facebook link):

Things are changing rapidly in the race for the GOP nomination for
governor of Texas as the March 2nd primary approaches. Not long
ago, it looked like a typical two person race. That’s no longer
the case, as Debra Medina has come out of nowhere to mount a
serious challenge to both Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison, and
a vote for Medina would send a shock wave through both Austin and
DC. Medina is now in second place in some polls, so there is no
way a vote for her is “wasted”.

She is a serious candidate deserving serious consideration by all
who consider themselves conservatives.

Read below for my analysis of why every Rick Perry voter should
consider switching their vote to Debra Medina.

Full report:

The Texas primaries are rapidly approaching, and as we get closer
to the March 2nd date, the race for the GOP gubernatorial
nomination has changed dramatically in just the past few weeks.
Debra Medina, a virtual unknown in Texas, has come out of nowhere
to throw a real monkey wrench into the race. Late last year, her
support was in the single digits. By late January, a Rasmussen
poll showed her as the choice of 12 percent of Texans, compared
with 43 percent for Perry and 33 percent for Hutchison. Because of
her rising numbers, she was included in the statewide televised
debate on January 29th.

Since her strong performance in both the first and second debates,
her support has skyrocketed. In fact, according to a February 9th
poll by Public Policy Polling, Debra Medina has now passed Kay
Bailey Hutchison. The new numbers are Perry at 42 percent, Medina
at 25 percent, and Hutchison at 23 percent. Medina’s rapid rise in
support changes everything for Texas conservatives, and now we have
a real opportunity to send a message to both Austin and Washington,
and to make it loud and clear – we’re fed up with career
politicians and politics as usual, and we want true conservatives
representing us. Therefore, I’m strongly urging Texas
conservatives to vote for Debra Medina on March 2nd. Let’s look at
the candidates briefly to see how I arrived at my position.

Rick Perry has a well known track record, which means we know what
we’re getting when we vote for him. Unfortunately for
conservatives, his track record is very uneven, and he has a
tendency to campaign as more conservative than he actually is.

It’s true that he has done a lot to keep the Texas economy strong
in the middle of the worst recession in decades. That’s a real
positive in his favor. So is his record on moral values; he
opposes abortion and the legalization of gay marriage. On other
important issues Perry has either talked out of both sides of his
mouth, or has let us down completely. He pushed for the Bush
bailout. He led the fight for the Trans Texas Corridor. During
the last presidential race, he endorsed the most liberal Republican
running, the far-left Rudy Giuliani.

He also tries to straddle the fence on illegal immigration, and
hasn’t done much to prevent it. Possibly worst of all, in 2007 he
ordered that sixth grade girls be given dangerous vaccinations for
venereal diseases without their parents’ consent. Rick Perry is a
mixed bag, at best.

Many were encouraged last year when Perry made some controversial
remarks in favor of state sovereignty and secession as a last
resort to federal abuses. However, I have recently learned that
Perry was a 2007 speaker and attendee at the super-secret
Bilderberg Conference in Istanbul, Turkey:

I doubt that the speech he gave there on federalism and
state-federal relations shared many similarities with his recent
campaigning on state sovereignty.

I’m not big on conspiracy theories, but it’s well known that this
group is a private, secret meeting of the top echelons of the
globalist elite. A primary reason to invite any politician to
address their group is to vet him for higher office. Texas Monthly
claims Perry has his eye on the White House in 2012. It’s not
encouraging to true conservatives that he flew halfway around the
world to hobnob with a powerful group opposed to everything we care
about as patriotic Americans.

Kay Baily Hutchison? Frankly, there are almost no good reasons
conservatives should vote for her. She voted for the Bush bailout,
after first denouncing it. Like many other politicians, she’s
talking fairly tough about illegal immigration right now, but she’s
been in the Senate for nearly two decades, and the problem has only
gotten worse. She certainly hasn’t made a name for herself as a
forceful opponent of the immigration invasion that is overwhelming
our state.

The one thing she is best known for, and is quite proud of, is pork
barrel politics. One watchdog group says that Hutchison is
responsible for an incredible one out of twelve of the billions of
dollars spent in federal earmarks since 2005. She’s not even
slightly embarrassed about this. “Why wouldn’t I fight for Texas?”
Hutchison said to the Dallas Morning News. “I’m proud of my
effectiveness. To be hit for being effective for Texas is

On traditional moral values, Hutchison is even worse. She openly
supports Roe v. Wade and keeping abortion legal. For that reason
alone she shouldn’t get our votes; imagine the kind of judges she
would appoint to fill possible vacancies on the Texas Supreme Court.

Finally, there’s Debra Medina. We may not see eye to eye with her
on every single item, but she certainly agrees with us on the vast
majority of issues. It’s true that she doesn’t have a long
political resume, but that’s fine. Career politicians are killing
this country, and it’s time for some true outsiders to clean up the
mess they’ve made.

Outside of politics, though, she’s well known and respected in her
community. Married for nearly 30 years, she’s a Christian who owns
a small business, and home schooled her children. I conducted a
lengthy interview with her back in December, and I was impressed
with the answers she gave.

It’s obvious why she’s gaining in popularity – she’s for less
government spending, getting rid of racial preferences, cracking
down on employers of illegal aliens, state sovereignty, free market
health care, 2nd Amendment rights, less government regulation of
the economy, and most important of all, she’s strongly pro-life.
When I asked her when human life begins, she didn’t mince words:
“Human life begins at conception.”

Subsequent to that interview, the more I found out about Medina,
the more I liked her. For example, she recently told the Dallas
Observer that all property taxes in Texas ought to be abolished:

Not reduced, not appraisals reformed, not Robin Hood, but
eliminated, gone; just close down all of the appraisal districts
because they’re not going to be needed. Think about it: why should
we have to pay 2-3% “rent” to the government just to own our home
or land? Rick Perry wanted to steal your land to build toll roads,
while Medina wants to restore true property rights.

This is not to say that Medina is perfect on all the issues. I
personally have low expectations that she will do anything more
than Perry or Hutchison on the problem of illegal immigration. In
my interview with her, she said she supported a border fence in
“densely populated urban areas only.”

This means that none of the three gubernatorial candidates support
a complete border fence. In 2006, Rick Perry told the Texas Border
Coalition that building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was a
“preposterous idea” and that “the only thing a wall would possibly
accomplish is to help the ladder business.” In 2007, Hutchison
used a voice vote in the U.S. Senate to personally gut the Secure
Fence Act (SFA) that would have provided for a border fence.

The bottom line though is I believe Debra Medina is the best of the
three GOP candidates for governor. Many Texas conservatives share
this view, but up until now, have been reluctant to back her.
They’ve been afraid of splitting their votes between her and Rick
Perry, allowing Hutchison to win. With Medina’s astonishing rise
in the polls, and Hutchison’s collapse, that’s no longer a concern.
Now that there are three viable candidates, it’s going to be
virtually impossible for anyone to get 50 percent of the vote,
which means there will be a runoff, and there’s no risk of
“wasting” your vote by voting for Medina.

If Debra Medina comes in third, she won’t be in the runoff, and
conservatives can back Perry. But if enough of us vote for Medina
on March 12th, she could easily come in second, and then the runoff
would be between her and Perry. If that happens, Texans would
finally have a chance to elect a real conservative to the office of
governor, instead of always settling for the lesser of two evils.

Scott Brown just gave the establishment the shock of their lives by
winning Ted Kennedy’s old seat in the Senate. Now it’s our turn
here in Texas, and we can send an even bigger message by voting for
Debra Medina on March 2nd.

To summarize:

1. Many had legitimate concerns back in December that Medina was
nothing more than a protest candidate not running a serious
campaign, and voting for her was a wasted vote that would benefit
the greater of two evils: pro-abortion Kay Bailey Hutchison.

2. Polls now show Medina is a serious candidate, tied with or even
leading Kay Bailey Hutchison. The concerns about wasted votes are
now irrelevant. Medina is a serious candidate who could win.

3. No candidate has enough votes to win outright on March 2nd.
There will be a runoff. Rick Perry is so far ahead in the polls he
is guaranteed to make the runoff.

4. Since Perry cannot win outright and will make the runoff anyway,
voting for him on March 2nd is a wasted vote that will make no
difference. However, a vote for Medina could make all the
difference in the world.

5. Even if you think Perry would make a better governor than
Medina, voting for Medina and humiliating Hutchison, a sitting US
Senator, with a third place finish would be a beautiful coup de
grace for conservatives looking to send a message to the party’s
elite in Austin and Washington. You can still vote for Perry in
the runoff if you want. Even if you’re a committed Perry
supporter, Perry is in a better position to win a runoff against
Medina than Hutchison.

6. If Medina makes the runoff, regardless of whether she wins, it
will be a message heard round the world, comparable to the Scott
Brown victory in Massachusetts. This will do wonders for Medina’s
name recognition and could even set her up to pursue a less
competitive state office in a subsequent election. If you’re
worried about Medina’s lack of experience, then let’s at least put
her in the runoff where she will enjoy notoriety such that she can
run for a smaller office in the future and win to get that

7. For these reasons, I think all conservatives should strongly
consider a vote for Debra Medina in this year’s primary election.
It’s a no-lose, no-risk proposition.

***Last minute update***

I had originally put this report together in the middle of last
week, scheduled for Friday release. After Medina’s interview with
Glenn Beck last Thursday, I decided to postpone release until I
could more thoroughly think about the issues. My thoughts:

A. For those who don’t know, Medina was asked by Beck if she
believed the government had any involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
She gave a poor answer and the impression that she does possibly
believe the government had some involvement in 9/11. She later
clarified her response in a press release, but the damage was done.

B. I consider conspiracy theories to be a waste of time because
most of the time they’re wrong and they don’t accomplish anything
because they make people feel powerless. The globalist elites push
their agenda through consensus, because it’s in their interest to
do so, not because there’s some grand conspiracy.

C. We don’t have any new poll numbers post-Beck on Medina, and of
course it will be interesting to see what the polls say later this
week. I don’t expect the impact to be all that significant.
Outside of DC and NYC (where Beck spends his time), the federal
government is not seen as a Deity Who Can Do No Wrong, and Medina’s
views are not nearly as shocking to the average Republican primary
voter as they are to Washington insiders.

D. The worst thing that can be said about Medina concerning this
issue is that she trusts the federal government even less than
Glenn Beck. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for a governor if we
want someone who will stand up for state’s rights. On the other
hand, Perry still wants to steal our land for toll roads and
forcibly vaccinate our daughters for STD’s, while Hutchison still
supports killing unborn children and wears her Washington “Pork
Queen” title proudly. Which of these issues is least significant
on principle?

We conservatives claim we are tired of professional politicians.
Yet I see too many people willing to throw Debra Medina overboard
because she gave a non-professional response to Glenn Beck. Do we
want someone who tells us what we want to hear or a person of
principle? I still recommend a strategic vote for Medina for the
reasons outlined above, for Medina and Perry supporters alike.




The Peter Morrison Report