Just how scary is Barack Obama? Scary enough that Democrats running for office in Texas are running far away from his August 9 visit to the Lone Star State. No Dem wants to be photo’d with the radioactive president. Meanwhile, the president is dodging a clearly-needed lecture from Gov. Rick Perry.

President Obama is clearly an albatross around the neck of the state’s top Democratic Party candidates. In fact, some — like liberal Carol Kent (the accidental state rep. in Dallas) — have gone so far as to try to tie Obama around their Republican challengers. Nice try, if typically wacky of someone outside their depth.

But while Bill White and his cronies hide from their party’s tax-and-spend, deficit-growing, Chicago-style president, taxpayers cannot escape the damage his failed policies have done, are doing, and will do, to the economy of the nation. Add to it the undeclared war his administration has claimed on Texas, the nation’s top economy, and it’s surprising any Democrat will even show up to meet him at the airport.

Of course, there is one person clamoring for a meeting, and that’s our governor. Republican Rick Perry has said in recent weeks that he’d love to have some time to chat with the president while Air Force One is on the ground in Houston and Austin.

One can just imagine the conversation: the governor would lecture Obama on his insanely stupid health care take-over scheme, the race-to-the-bottom plans for federalizing education, the administration’s usurpation of Texas’ control over air quality, plans to cripple the energy industry, and the spectacular inability of Obama to formulate or articulate any kind of coherent border security plan.

It creates something of a contrast: the wimpy, wily Bill White scurrying to avoid a photo with Obama at all costs, while Texas’ governor wants a few minutes to talk some sense into the laughable failure that is the Obama presidency.

So while Bill White and other Texas Dems are hiding from Barack Obama, he is avoiding the nation’s most successful governor.

Maybe President Obama will realize his liberal policies aren’t that welcome in the Lone Star State, or anywhere else.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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