Skip to comments.Houston election signals key trend (*BARF ALERT*)
Posted on 12/16/2009 5:24:41 AM PST by markomalley
The landmark election Saturday of America's first big-city lesbian mayor in Houston represents more than just a milestone in identity politics.
It also signals an unmistakable evolutionary step in national politics, one that provides further evidence of a trend that helped make Barack Obama president: growth-oriented communities like the Texas metropolis, rather than aging big cities or nostalgia-inducing small towns, are setting the course of the country's political direction.
Houston is one of a set of fast-growing cities and expanding suburbs whose changing face and increasingly post-racial politics helped make Barack Obama president. Their politics are defined by some of the same trendsnotably, growing Hispanic and Asian populations and the rise of the service sectorthat are shaping the nation as a whole.
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16% of the electorate even bothered to vote
that means 84% chose “none of the above”
Yet the “undervote” of that 16% is very telling as well...
And last I looked, Harris County (Houston) didn’t go to Obama...
So yeah, whomever wrote this is full of it...
I do not believe Annise Parker will suddenly allow gay and lesbian cerimonies to be conducted on the steps of city hall...She has enough problems to deal with...
Yet, I do know that the city counsel (FWIW) got a few more conservative seats in that chamber...So that is something positive...
Don't get your panties in a wad there buckaroo. Houston has a history of electing whack job mayors. Probably has something to do with the number of votes that can be easily “bought” in the inner city area.
Jonathan Martin & Ben Smith are homosexual lovers so take their “reporting” with a grain of salt.
Here is the real reason that she got in. Houston voters had a choice between a dangerous communist maniac or a bull dyke on steroids.
Who would you vote for? Decisions, decisions.
He wasn't very good as mayor but there was a lot of comic relief.
If I could state the choice slightly differently, I would say that Parker came across as the nerdy, but honest and fiscally conservative, policy wonk and that Locke came across as the lawyer, lobbyist tool of special interests, especially developers and big business. If there is any lesson in this for Republicans, it is that the party needs to remember the difference between supporting free markets and supporting big business. People are tired of big government, big unions and big business. The “trend” in Houston as well as elsewhere is for libertarian approaches to our problems.
And last I looked, Harris County (Houston) didnt go to Obama...
According to this info from Harris County Obama won Harris County by about 19,000 votes.... Not sure about Houston as I believe the county includes a few more precincts  than just the city ....
I am embarrassed; not in the fact she is gay; but she would let the perversion be her defining light.
Houston also has term limits.
Houston is named after a world class whack job. I would expect nothing less.
Houston is very careful to keep conservative districts zone as OUTSIDE the city.
Really...Well, muh bad...19,000 votes huh???
Well, I guess I have to ask those 19,000 idiots how that hope and change is working out for them...
Well, from what I recall...And it was not something I actively sought for clarification or explaination...
She did not bring up her sexual orientation that I could see...It was her opposition that did so, and their mouthpieces that made it something...
I am not at all championing for her in that regard, but she is a ball-buster (pardon the pun) and has made quite a few political enemies,even within her own political affiliation...As long as she doesn’t allow her preferences tobe used against her and the city for that matter, we’ll just be getting a continuation of what we’ve had in this city for many years...And thats a heavy favored mayors office that is democrat and liberal to boot...
Just my opinion...
There were two LIBERALS running, and so conservatives didnt even bother to VOTE seeing as they didnt have a choice.
We see this in Austin as well. 5% of the electorate chooses the city council clowns. Sad but true, this locks in the power of the liberals in the cities.
The fact that they both represented themselves to be more conservative than they were ... well, a small silver lining.
“People are tired of big government, big unions and big business.” - That’s not how the media will write the story - they write it how anyone who holds on to traditional values is an old-hat bigot etc.
Sam Houston was a great American and a great Texan.
We could use more like him right about now.
Houston is one of those people I never get tired of reading about, simply because he is such a paradox. He had periods of bravery that would make Audie Murphy jealous. He had periods where he appeared to be a complete wuss. He was at times a brilliant leader and statesman, other times a knot-head.
He's one of those rare people that the more you find out about him, the less you feel like you know or understand him. I would love to have met in person - if nothing else just to see which one was actually him.
That’s odd. Everytime you heard her name; lesbian or gay was attached and it wasn’t her opposition only.
She ran on that as well as other things which I don’t really remember as lesbian was sticking out all over the place and I didn’t see her trying to stop it.
I am sure she also knew that she had a good chance of winning the lower the turnout and Houston politics did their part by making sure the voters had nothing to vote for. I would imagine that was her strategy.
Conservatives who stayed home (7% total voter turnout) sent a message that they "can't be bothered".
Even going to the poll and only voting for one or more of the other offices would have sent a message of non-approval.
But none of this really matters to Houston voters. Gotta go Christmas shopping or watch the game on tv. "Why it was in the 40s outside!"
“seeing as they didnt have a choice”
You always have a choice.
Conservatives stayed home during the general election as well.
3 Democrats, 1 Republican, 1 Independent
And the Republican came in 4th.
Stay home and you get what you deserve, the expansion of Big-City liberalism.
Same sex partner benefits for city employees will be coming as will irrelevant “green energy” solutions (and I suspect a whole new fleet of city owned cars, trucks, and other vehicles).
It’s only an undervote if you went to the polls and left the ballot entry blank.
It was “undecided” if you didn’t even go.
Like when they say (A) Support the war, (B) Oppose the war, or (C) Not sure.
It signifies “don’t care” if you aren’t going to go out to the polls in numbers that say “HELL NO I DON’T WANT YOU”. Write in Donald Duck if it makes you feel better.
But if you stay home, you surrendered your vote.
She beat an African American lawyer who was a community organizer.
So yes, Houston is setting a trend.
An anti-Obama trend.
Such perspectives (both for and against) may need to be tempered with a grain of salt.
What we know about so much "history" comes filtered through the bias, perspective, and neglegence of other historians (or even contemporaries of the figure/event being discussed).
So "contradictions" can appear because we may not know enough about motive or even what really happened.
Having seen how so many academics slur Reagan and praise Carter says a lot. And the same can even be said of "contemporary" politicians and journalists' accounts of those years.
Which is why it is nice to be able to go back to someone's original writings where possible.
This is not a defense of Sam Houston, just a discussion about getting information after the fact and trying to form an opinion based on possibly unreliable accounts.
She also beat a Hispanic Republican, a millionaire property investor, and a plumber who’s run for mayor more than any other Houston candidate.
Barack Obama ran to the center in 2008 too.
No one has beat any of the incumbents since term limits began.
Hell, no one even bothered to run against Bill White's re-election.
Such money comes with strings attached.
“inner city” voters are ‘supposed’ to vote for the black guy, not the one who is counter to their church beliefs.
They stayed home. Gene Locke says that he didn’t get his base out to vote.
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“Stay home and you get what you deserve, the expansion of Big-City liberalism.”
I share your frustration, seeing it first-hand as well in Austin... it’s a vicious cycle of liberal power that leaves many voters simply disenfranchised and not participating. I’m just explaining how it goes.
Partner benefits was voted down in Austin in the mid-1990s, but was *quietly* passed by wide margin last year. And yes, you WILL be getting Green Nonsense, like energy audits and million dollar boondoggles and reqts to paint roofs white... Houston, you have a problem!
Now what SHOULD happen is the Republicans need to stop being idiots and start smartening up and get behind ONE GOOD candidate, who at least makes it to the runoff. We COULD win these things.
No. I don’t believe that. The voters are being offered nothing to vote for. The elections are being rigged big time now.
That's part of the reason I'm a compulsive used book store prowler. I love to have multiple accounts, written in multiple different eras. If you get enough different accounts and enough different opinions, you can almost begin to discern a line of truth.
Houston is so interesting because he has these high profile public periods that are quite documented, followed by periods that are nearly blank (Like his actions after the strange dissolution of his first marriage - gone Indian? gone alcoholic? gone Indian/alcoholic?).
I guess then I missed a lot of that...But then again I knew I was going to be in the middle of all of it when the polls opened...
I knew who was who even before the November 3rd election...
After that, it didn’t mean much to me, and for some “conservatives” to feel like they just had to endorse one of the two mayoral candidates left just boggled muh mind...
I’m sure if the roles had been reversed, the democrats would have been jumping at the chance to do the same for us, even when they didn’t have a horse in the race anymore...
We’ll just have to see how well all of this lovey dovey stuff goes when everyone antes up when counsel meets again...
This is true...
We had three at large positions on counsel, and the controller position...
The mayors runnoff got an “ignore” as did one of the at-large positions because we knew they were going to go liberal anyway...
And for what its worth, I believe the city counsel has the most “conservative” seats it ever has had as I can recall...
If they ever decide to cut the damn cord that connects district “E”, that will create another potential “conservative” seat, but Mayor White, and Parker now will probably do what they can to keep that from happening...
It appears we have broken even, and the mess has only really been pushed to another corner...
That’s just what I see at this point...
Yeah, I saw that...Muh bad...
All I know is I have the “tally” strip (that is my copy to keep) from the ‘08 general, and my precinct stayed red by a pretty good margin...
Guess we won’t be on the Christmas card list this year...
It’s an old problem...
Some Words With A Mummy (1850) - by Edgar Allan Poe:
“Will you be kind enough to explain,” I said, “what you mean by ‘purposely so embalmed’?”
“With great pleasure!” answered the Mummy, after surveying me leisurely through his eye-glassfor it was the first time I had ventured to address him a direct question.
“With great pleasure,” he said. “The usual duration of man’s life, in my time, was about eight hundred years. Few men died, unless by most extraordinary accident, before the age of six hundred; few lived longer than a decade of centuries; but eight were considered the natural term. After the discovery of the embalming principle, as I have already described it to you, it occurred to our philosophers that a laudable curiosity might be gratified, and, at the same time, the interests of science much advanced, by living this natural term in installments. In the case of history, indeed, experience demonstrated that something of this kind was indispensable. An historian, for example, having attained the age of five hundred, would write a book with great labor and then get himself carefully embalmed; leaving instructions to his executors pro tem., that they should cause him to be revivified after the lapse of a certain periodsay five or six hundred years. Resuming existence at the expiration of this time, he would invariably find his great work converted into a species of hap-hazard note-bookthat is to say, into a kind of literary arena for the conflicting guesses, riddles, and personal squabbles of whole herds of exasperated commentators. These guesses, etc., which passed under the name of annotations, or emendations, were found so completely to have enveloped, distorted, and overwhelmed the text, that the author had to go about with a lantern to discover his own book. When discovered, it was never worth the trouble of the search. After re-writing it throughout, it was regarded as the bounden duty of the historian to set himself to work immediately in correcting, from his own private knowledge and experience, the traditions of the day concerning the epoch at which he had originally lived. Now this process of re-scription and personal rectification, pursued by various individual sages from time to time, had the effect of preventing our history from degenerating into absolute fable...”
Depends on what you call “rigging”. Does that include the Harris County Republican Party not venturing mayoral candidates against Bill White?
Houston now rivals New Orleans as the Gay “Meccca” of the Gulf Coast. There’e a huge gay population now. Add the Blacks, Mexicans and “Asians” and you have a large majority of Democrats in the city. Even large enough to carry Harris County. A Dim I know told me several years ago that about 10,000 Republicans a month were moving out to neighboring Conservative counties. (Hell, I’m one of ‘em!)
When I saw the election results of 2006, I beieved him. Obama lost Montgomery County by over 80,000 votes for example while Harris County went Dim, although somewhat narrowly.
As a former Houstonian for 30+ years, I’m sad to say that ordinary White Conservative voters are now hopelessly outnumbered in Houston.
Here in Chambers County, The Pubbies carried the County with about 75%+ of the vote. Which means that that Blacks voted virtually 100% for Obama while the Whites voted over 90% for McCain. No polarization there. LOL!
With the lousy crop of mayoral candidates we had, Parker and Gene Locke were the two top vote getters.
Both are uber-liberal.
I voted for Locke, as to my mind homosexuality is a mental disorder, nearly as bad as liberalism. When the two are combined, that’s a bigger negative than just a plain liberal.
Houston has a fairly large homosexual community, and they are extremely politically active. We also have more than our fair share of liberals who are also politically active.
With only 16% voting, she was able to muster a 56% victory. Had it been a more normal turnout, she’d have lost. Faggotry is not that popular amongst the regular voters, even Houston’s regular voters.
...And a lot of the “expanding suburbs” are not in the city limits, and 100% of those residents chose “none of the above” because they can’t vote in the city elections.
I voted for 3 city council spots and controller (although the controller choices were also pathetic)...left the Mayor spot blank. Lying Liberal A or Lying Liberal B? I won’t dignify either of them with a vote.
But at least you went to the polls.
People may claim about “I’d crawl on broken glass to...” but not everyone follows through.
The number of conservatives who’ll reliably go to the polls for primary, general, and runoff elections needs to rise.
More conservatives on general election day would’ve meant at least one different runoff candidate.
Ug, I voted. I felt that the male liberal was worse than the female one . . .
They totally didn’t do the marketing for the run off that they did for the main election. I doubt of even a 10th of the town knew the election was happening.
Which, I think, ensured that mostly just libs would show up to vote.
Rather than a “None of the above” ballot option, I’d prefer to see “You ALL STINK” as one of my choices.
Oh I like that idea.
Houston is not red. The outlying areas are but Houston is blue. That’s why Bill White was mayor and Sheila J Lee is in congress.