Mercy, can we have a top of the news story that isn’t about an idiot old white guy and 49 or so of his cohorts? I think the news here in warm Houston will be more and more about Boomers and their problems. No, I’m not talking about the poor man who was tied up for three days. That wasn’t the lead story. It was some poor old white male boomer who paid a bill that wasn’t a bill . . . because he couldn’t figure out it wasn’t a bill.
I got the same thing in the mail. It was easy to figure out. I don’t even know the name of the city councilperson who apologized, but of course that was political . . . pandering to the idiot factor.
In other splash news, Chris Baker claimed credit for the Rick Perry buzz started yesterday. “Reportedly” Perry is waiting to be “summoned” to run for president. This sounds much like W holding court and receiving people before he ran. An example:
Tuesday, it was the ambassador and the foreign minister of Qatar, an oil-rich Arab nation, who dropped by to chat with Mr. Bush.
“A courtesy call,” the Republican governor said Tuesday. “Nothing specific.”
Mr. Bush, a front-runner in some polls for the 2000 GOP presidential nomination, has seen an escalating stream of national and international visitors in recent months.
“The speculation seems to have caused more governments to send their ambassadors my way,” he said.
While Mr. Bush is a hot property among some Republicans who want him to run, he insists he hasn’t decided whether to seek the presidency. A decision on whether he will form an exploratory committee is expected at the beginning of March, Bush associates say.
Also visiting Tuesday was former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He stopped by the governor’s Capitol office and then watched from the House gallery as Mr. Bush addressed a joint session of the Legislature at a ceremony honoring the military.
Mr. Mulroney led Canada’s Parliament at the same time the governor’s father was in the White House. Monday night, Mr. Mulroney was in Houston where he had dinner with former President George and Barbara Bush.
The governor said Tuesday that he and Mr. Mulroney had talked politics, but Mr. Bush declined to say whether the former prime minister had urged him to seek the presidency.
“We talked generally,” said Mr. Bush. “He believes that it’s important for the Republican Party to unify. He’s worried that the party would tend to shatter on certain issues as opposed to unify on issues.”
Last week, Mr. Bush was visited by Britain’s Conservative Party leader, William Hague. And last month, Argentine President Carlo Menem came to Austin, where he and the governor got together on a local golf course.
The Qatar delegation Tuesday was the foreign minister, Sheik Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, and the ambassador, Saad M. Al-Kobaisi.
In addition to international guests, legislative delegations from New Jersey and Iowa have come to Austin in recent weeks to discuss the prospects of a Bush presidential bid.
Oh fuck, my Michael Berry Blast is “SJL riding a bicycle.”