The 2012 Senate election for the US will be in November, and Texas candidates can’t wait for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson to retire.
Hutchinson could have had a fourth term all the way through. She was the incumbent after all, she stood a good chance. No need to worry, there is a plethora of candidates running for the seat. And vice versa: because of the low turnout of voters under the age of 29, they won’t be worried about you.
Just to name a few of the candidates: Ted Cruz, the former State Solicitor General. David Dewhurst, the current Lt. Governor. Tom Leppert, the former mayor of Dallas. Cruz and Leppert have already met with newspapers like the Houston Chronicle and made their case for why they should get the seat. Dewhurst and other candidates aren’t far behind.
And they’re all the same old same old. Candidates like Leppert think Washington has “career politicians”, most of them lawyers. Incedentally, Leppert was the Chairman and CEO of the Turner Corporation, and once served on the board of directors for Washington Mutual.
These aren’t accusations. It’s hard to say what a lawyers priority is if not the law, but there is no doubt that a businessleader’s priority is profit. It’s in their genetic makeup. Profit is why they’ll push for projects like the Keystone XL pipeline before choosing more eco-firendly alternatives like nuclear energy or natural gas. Profit is why so many businessleaders (generally speaking) are against Social Security and prefer unregulated free market capitalism.
They’re not all alike, but few candidates will give two shakes of a dead dog’s tail about the young vote — it’s generally nonexistent. Young people have ideas, sure, but English majors who squawk about George Orwell and Ayn Rand, but don’t vote, shouldn’t be surprised when Washington doesn’t adopt their brilliant plans to fix the economy.
With voter turnout skewed, the next senator is going to continue business as usual, with little care for the grievances and opinions of the young.