According the Facebook of Republican Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, Houston Mayor Annise Parker was the only Democrat to attend the Lincoln-Reagan Day fundraiser of the Harris County Republican Party.
How you view this fact could be a kind of Rorschach Test.
(Above–Rorschach Test. I see a polar bear climbing Mt. Everest. Please click here to see what it would be like if polar bears could vote. )
It could be that Mayor Parker was conning Republicans as she works to fend off possible challengers in the 2011 election.
It could that Mayor Parker is a political moderate and that she is reaching out to voters of all parties.
It could be that Mayor Parker is deserting Democratic voters for political reasons even though she was elected Mayor in 2009 as a Democrat.
My view is that the Mayor is decent person looking for political survival in an election year. She wants to do good things, but she also just wants to get by to the next term.
Democrats, progressives and liberals have the right to ask more of the Mayor in a 61% Obama city in the 2008 election.
How is that Mayor Parker can attend a Republican fundraiser where Senator Patrick and Mike Huckabee took the stage to play a tune, but she could not attend the rally outside Houston City Hall last week to address the sharp cuts to vital public servicesbeing considered in the ongoing session of the Texas legislature.
Democrats, progressives, liberals, and others who would reliably vote for Democrats merit a Mayor who consistently addresses basic questions of economic fairness and opportunity in Houston.
Given the wide divide between the two major parties at the moment, and given the strong divisions between the parties on civil rights questions that Mayor Parker has championed in the past, you have to wonder what the Mayor is sacrificing for the rest of us as she seeks the political support of the far Republican right in Houston.
(Below–Senator Patrick (left) and Mike Huckabee (right) jamming at the Lincoln-Reagan Day Harris County Republican Fundraiser.)