Turkey Of The Year Runner-Up: Bill White

It's a week or so away from the 2010 Turkeys of the Year issue, where we honor what is best in Turkeydom for the past year. This will be our eighth edition of the awards, and as always competition is stiff. Building up to the grand announcement of the winners, we'll take a look at some folks who -- despite their best efforts -- came close but didn't make the cut.

Category: Political Turkey Close but no cigar: Bill White Why he could have won it: Pretty obvious, isn't it? Man thought he could win a statewide election. In Texas.

That means Bill White took a long look in the mirror, talked to advisors and determined he was The Man, this was The Moment, and Texas was going to turn away from the Republican Party and put a big-city Democrat in the governor's office.

It could have been successful, we suppose: Someone could have been found in bed with a dead woman or a live boy, as the saying goes. Governor Rick Perry avoided both those pitfalls, however, and despite the fact no one really likes him a whole lot, rode to re-election with a margin comparable to when he ran against a no-name, invisible-campaign Democrat.

Why he did not get named a Turkey: White really didn't have a chance from the beginning. At least if he ran, as originally intended, for Kay Bailey Hutchison's seat, his GOP opponent would have had the balls -- unlike Perry -- to debate. And White might very well have won those debates; whether that would have made a difference in November is highly suspect.

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