TAC goes to print today, a little earlier than usual ahead of the Labor Day weekend. Between that and a few other things — catching up on some reading and writing, preparing for a talk at North Carolina State University on Tuesday, etc. — I’ve been neglecting the blog for the past few days. Proper posting will resume soon; I’ll also relate the full details of my scheduled talk in Raleigh shortly.
In the meantime, have a look at the latest development in Sugar Land, where there will now be two elections on the same day for the same congressional seat — Tom DeLay’s. According to TPMmuckraker, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called a special election for DeLay’s seat to fill out his term from November through January before the winner of the general election takes office. It’s a roundabout way of making sure that a Republican is on a ballot of some kind: presumably voters will have an easier time spelling “Sekula-Gibbs” — the GOP’s write-in candidate in the general election — if her name is printed on the special-election ballot together with an indication of her party affiliation. All this just because DeLay insisted on running in the Republican primary back in March in order to make sure that party voters wouldn’t pick another candidate he didn’t personally approve of.