Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison hasn’t decided whether to retire at the end of 2012, and the possibility that she’ll run again leaves a major question mark over the already competitive field of candidates lined up to replace her.
After earlier declining to discuss her plans, saying she is focused solely on her job, the Republican said this week she has set no deadline on deciding whether to seek another six-year term.
“There is no timetable,” she said. “I don’t want to be hounded for the next whatever time period it is. I’m not thinking about it right now.”
Is there anyone better then KBH at changing her tune while giving a non-answer? Here’s what she said last time, which was all of three weeks ago:
“It never really crossed my mind to stay,” Hutchison said. “But it has been rewarding to stay because I’ve been able to do some important things already.”
Notice the subtle shift from “I don’t want to think about it” to “I don’t want to think about it right now”. It’s such a pleasure to watch a master at work. I predict the next time she speaks of it, it will be to vaguely allude to a time frame in which she will want to think about it, and then to set a deadline for making a decision that she’ll feel free to ignore. The anticipation is making me all goose-bumpy.
You know what’s coming next, right?
Thank goodness I don’t have to pay a royalty for that.