Last April, Governor Perry unveiled a very ambitious agenda for the 83rd Texas Legislature. As I've written before, the Texas Budget Compact is THE structural reform to secure Texas' long-term economic future. To enact the Texas Budget Compact, it needs to pass both houses of the Texas Legislature.
Like it or not, the Texas Constitution grants the sitting Lieutenant Governor almost dictatorial powers over the Texas Senate. Like it or not, David Dewhurst hasn't kept secret his willingness to abuse the power of his current office as he seeks a new one. Like it or not, David Dewhurst will still be Lieutenant Governor during the 83rd Texas Legislature.
David Dewhurst has already endorsed the Texas Budget Compact. That's huge. A vindictive, petulant Lieutenant Governor can ruin the 83rd Texas Legislature.