Skip to comments.Lt. Gov. Dewhurst: Texas could turn blue if you get complacent
Posted on 09/30/2013 7:16:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
I haven’t heard much from (or about) Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst since he came in second in his Senate primary race with Ted Cruz. But he’s still on the job in the Lone Star state and taking an active role in state politics. He probably raised eyebrows yesterday when he issued a potentially dire warning to his fellow Texas Republicans.
AUSTIN, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said here on Saturday that Texas could turn blue if Republicans get complacent.
If were complacent, yeah, it could happen, said Dewhurst, who last year lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the states GOP Senate primary.
Dewhurst, speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival, said efforts to flip the deep-red Lone Star State to the Democrats probably wouldnt be successful today, but could eventually pan out. The state is home to Battleground Texas, an effort to turn the state blue led by Obama veterans.
It’s no secret among Democrats either locally or inside the beltway that this is one of the crown jewels they are veritably drooling over in the next few presidential election cycles. If the Democrats could somehow flip Texas into the D column it would be the same type of bombshell as the Republicans carrying California or New York. It would turn the starting advantage for the Democrats in the Electoral College into a virtual lock with essentially no path for the Republican candidate to win the national contest. Of course, as Dewhurst notes, that day isn’t here. But might it be coming?
There’s been a lot of talk since the last election about the shifting demographics of the country, particularly the growing Hispanic – and uncomfortably Left leaning – population surge in Texas. But there’s another, and far more ironic side to this story which doesn’t get discussed as much. I spoke to one Lone Star politico during the aforementioned primary who brought up a different factor which is diluting the conservative base there. Texas, he said, may become a victim of its own success.
The basic idea he expressed was that Texas has been one of the few state to experience relatively robust growth during the recession which has gripped the nation since 2007. One of the beneficial effects of this is that many new businesses have opened and others have relocated from other parts of the nation to set up shop in their more favorable business climate. But the new businesses bring a lot of people with them and then they recruit to fill jobs from all across America. The states getting hit the hardest with job losses – through no coincidence at all – are, in many cases, some deep blue ones, full of unemployed workers ready to pack up and move to where the paychecks are. So this has resulted in a new influx of fairly liberal blood strains moving in, working, buying homes, shopping… and voting. Combined with the previously mentioned demographic shift, it could eventually play out just as Dewhurst warns.
Talk about your unintended consequences.
Demographics is destiny?
My sister in Houston despises Dewhurst with a purple passion. She says he is the only well-known figure in the Texas GOP who would make Sen. Cornyn or even former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson look like a fire breathing right winger by comparison.
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DoWorst has proved to be a prime slimeball. Trust nothing he says, it will prove to be only to his benefit.
Or if he is elected...
So, who is the conservative alternative to Dewhurst in the Lone Star State?
God forbid conservatives sit this one out and let someone like Wendy Davis romp...
Dewhurst has no clue, just like he had no clue when he was debating Cruz. A person as dumb as Dewhurst should not be our Lt. Gov.
It WILL turn blue if we continue to keep the border open.
THAT IS A FACT
Lt. Governor is the strongest elected office in the State of Texas, even more powerful than the Governor.
Todd Staples seems to be the FR preferred candidate, but Jerry Patterson is in the race, too.
Texas is a run-off state, so the more the merrier at the beginning of the primary.
Texas will turn blue if we don’t change our immigration policies. Demography is indeed destiny.
It has less to do with an open border as it does with our LEGAL immigration policies. We bring in 1.2 million legal immigrants a year, two thirds of whom are Hispanic. And two-thirds of the Hispanics are Mexicans.
The problem with the whole turning Texas blue narrative is there is absolutely zero evidence that it is occurring. Its not as if GOP are getting slimmer and slimmer margins in the state. If that were the case then there would be justification to be worried. Also Hispanics in Texas do vote more Republican and the GOP outreach is much better than in much of the rest of the country with the only exception being Florida. True complacency is dangerous but again there is no evidence that Texas is likely to flip in the near future especially given that it is a great of attractor of those who are conservative with more moving into the state all the time.
The thing Democrats should be worried about is the fact that Texas will continue to pick up more Electoral votes as blue states lose them. Current migration trends which are often cast as the downfall of the GOP are poised to deflate the influence of large blue states. The future of blue states is is very likely to be that of economically depressed wastelands. They will be like little Cubas.
Staples seems like the front runner to take Dewberry out.
I saw something truly sickening this morning...an ad by Cornhole Cornyn saying "Only 5 votes needed to stop 0Care...please call Senators Landrieu, Hagan, Begich, Manchin" and one other...and listed their phone numbers. What a disgusting POS...when HE was one who voted FOR cloture.
What we need is a good, strong opponent to Cornhole, as well.
Not meaning to hijack your thread, Johnny...just mad as h#ll that I saw this VERY RECENT Cornball ad (paid for by Texans for Senator John Cornball, Inc.)
He is a total slimeball but that doesn’t mean he isn’t right on this. The blue folks are moving into red states to turn them and you all know it
Dewhurst is the problem, if not a BIG part of it.
Glad to see your post.
I worry that it could be like Colo, which went from +5 Bush 2004 to +5 Obama 2012. A huge, fast swing.
Likely due to in-migration of illegals, and liberals.
Dem’s hate Texas. Out of work Dem’s move to Texas.
Texas has already turned blue with this guy as Lt. Gov. I am so eternally grateful that Ted Cruz smoked this guy in the US Senate race.
The only thing that can turn Texas blue is RINO bastards like David Dewhurst and Joe Straus remaining in power.
A lot of libs are leaving California because of high costs, and winding up in Az, Co, Tx, etc.
And being replaced in Ca by legal and illegal liberals.
Texas COULD turn blue?
It is almost a certainty considering the many out-of-state license plates that can be seen in Houston alone.
I’m willing to bet that the biggest cities in Texas are ALREADY blue...
Beware because eventually, the big cities tend to overwhelm the rest of the state ( See California and Colorado ).
The only way Texas will turn blue is if RINOs like Do-Worst and Cornyn continue to play major roles in the Texas RNC.
Having useless liberals like those two in any position of power makes the base stay home.
Imagine if Cruz hadn’t beat Dewhurst in the primary last year.
Texas must not trade its soul for gold in order to prove a point for “business friendly”, while being slammed by invasion of illegals on the border.
Soliciting business start ups in Left states is a precarious business.
Recalling as a side note, that goon who was connected on the outside, but to the Hillary campaign (and recently nabbed for illegal campaign activities) paid “workers” to hustle the Hispanic vote for Hillary against Obama in Texas, with an avalanche of materials sympathetic to the border crosser families here.
Dewhurst is worming around again. We hardly need him to inform us of the Blue threat.
Stop voting for RINO’s... they are the complacent ones
We would be seeing it already. We would have seen it clearly in 2012 but we didn’t. Its good to keep an eye out and never be complacent but right now its all blue smoke and mirrors. Texas isn’t getting less conservative and as for liberals Texas is the last place they want to relocate to. I think there is a greater likely hood to see some blue states to begin to fracture politically which we do see evidence of in Wisconsin and Michigan.
If he can stand up to the cheap labor lobby, he can stand up to Democrats.
If Dewhurst simply changed parties, that type of behavior would be considered resume enhancement for a Democrat.
It is almost a certainty considering the many out-of-state license plates that can be seen in Houston alone.
The cities of Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio already vote blue along with the counties along the Rio Grande.
And this is why obama wants amnesty for the Mexicans. Perry should declare an emergence and activate the national guard.
Dan Patrick talked and talked on the radio like a strong Christian conservative. Then he got elected to the state senate. I’m not saying he didn’t vote like a strong Christian conservative after he got in office. But he jumped on the GOPe bandwagon and supported Dewhurst. Just the other day he was slamming Cruz.
I like Dan Patrick. Think he was sorry for endorsing dipsy Dewhurst. He was disgusted in Dewhurst’s inability to shut down Abortion Barbie. He was disgusted because now there is money coming in from all over the country to the Dems and made her a household word.
Just last friday I heard him on the radio condemning Cruz. He said he doesn’t agree with introducing legislation you know won’t pass. That means he doesn’t believe in standing on principle.
I don’t know how likely a Blue Texas scenario is, but the consequences would be devastating. Without Texas, I don’t see how the GOP wins a Presidential election. California is lost, Pennsylvania teases but never comes through, and Colorado, Ohio, and Florida are what I’d call “slightly uphill” - winnable, but anything but a sure thing.
Interesting whereas Dewhurst doesn’t introduce legislation he knows will pass. LOL
From his response Dewcrist was obviously asked this, he did say it out the blue. Very disingenuous.
I’ve been hearing rats fantasizing about this a lot lately.
In 2000 they claimed Texas would be a swing state by 2008.
I mean, did NOT say it out of the blue.
Votesmart says that Todd Staples as a legislator had a rating of only 38 percent from Eagle Forum, but I don’t recall the details. That was when he was in the TX House c. 1999. I think the runoff will be between Dewhurst and State Senator Dan Patrick, who supported Dewhurst over Cruz.
All big cities in TX are blue except for Fort Worth. But Harris County (Houston) is still competitive.
I am leaning to Jerry Patterson for lt. gov., but it’s not firm yet. I won’t be voting for Cornyn or George P. for sure.