Just when you think you have heard everything in politics, Richard Baker considers throwing his hat in the political ring again. AS A REPUBLICAN!!! That is right, a Republican.
If Richard Baker is seriously considering running for District Judge in Chambers County, he must be banking on the fact that the county does not have a dominant media outlet that will effectively expose him as a sold out Al Gore/Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama Democrat. Baker must hope slipping an elephant carcass over his infamous donkey torso in a short primary season in a county that is heavily affected in elections by people who drive into Houston and don’t know their candidates as well as most rural counties will be enough to win.
There are many examples of Baker’s unrepentant love for Democrats and the philosophy of the Democrat party, but his most recent overt political action speaks volumes. Baker joined Obama in trying to strengthen the Democrat Party cause when he ran a failed campaign as a Democrat trying to defeat the conservative Supreme Court Justice of Texas. But there are plenty of other ties. Baker is one of the lawyers practicing in the building where recently embarrassed former District Judge C.T. Hight stored law books stolen out of the courthouse. Baker’s ties to Hight and to the godfather of the Democrat Party in Liberty County are deep and inseparable.
Conservatives are encouraging Randy McDonald to run for Judge Carroll Wilburn’s seat. He has displayed a far better grasp of the law and does not have the type of liberal baggage Baker has. The contrast between his even tempered nature and the hot tempered vindictive partisanship of Baker is like night and day.
Liberty Dispatch has far more respect for donkeys that are proud to be donkeys than donkeys who try to deceive people into thinking they are elephants. Baker is a big donkey and should be satisfied to run his race as a donkey. But Baker is unlikely to act in any manner that resembles a person who has integrity. He just wants power no matter what it takes to get it. He and his little lawyer nest is used to having a special connection in the courthouse and they will be jumping through hoops to re-incarnate CT Rusty High in Chambers County.
But none of that will work. The more people that meet hot-headed Baker subdued by his need for votes, the more votes it will cost him. The more people who meet McDonald, the more votes McDonald will get. Voters will sense sincerity and the lack of sincerity. The only chance Baker has to win is if he can talk McDonald into leaving Texas him for four months.