By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Tom Schieffer has dropped out of the Governor’s race, and that Bill White is considering switching over to it. I’ll add in a bunch of links later, but for now let me say two things. One, this is where I thought White belonged from the beginning. He is by far the strongest candidate Democrats would have, with a great resume, the necessary fundraising chops, and crossover appeal. He’s also an executive and not a legislator, and I have always felt that for that reason the Governor’s office was a much better fit for him. And two, he really can win this race against Rick Perry – and let’s face it, that’s who he’ll be running against – whereas I have never been clear on how he – or any Democrat – could prevail in a low-turnout special election runoff. Certainly, his presence in the race puts a scare into the Republicans. We won’t know for sure what will happen till December 4, but I feel a lot better about 2010 now than I did when I woke up this morning.