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Tea Party wins big in Texas runoff elections
Human Events ^ | 5/28/2014 09:26 AM | John Hayward

Posted on 05/28/2014 8:45:38 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

Patrick, a fiery radio talk show host who founded the Tea Party caucus in the Texas state legislature, ousted Dewhurst after a campaign full of attack ads and mudslinging over which candidate was more conservative.

Perhaps one day we’ll have a relatively calm, statesmanlike contest between an established candidate and a Tea Party insurgent. It would also be interesting if a few more of these races were run with something approaching financial parity. It’s significant when a feisty upstart overcomes a five-to-one funding disadvantage to unseat an incumbent, but no so much when the candidate with the huge war chest stomps on the outsider, which is the more common outcome. A lot of this year’s “faltering Tea Party defeated by Republican Establishment” headlines really should have read “candidate with more money wins primary election.” Which is not necessarily a criticism of the candidate with more money – that’s how politics works, and insurgent candidates must be realistic about their chances. It’s also not foolish of primary voters to feel that the candidate with more money and endorsement muscle has a better chance in the general election, although that’s not always how it works out.

The Texas Lt. Governor’s race was exceptionally brutal:

The race hit a flashpoint in recent weeks when Patrick’s private medical records were released to reporters. The records revealed Patrick had been treated for depression in the 1980s.

The medical history on Patrick, drawn from a criminal and civil court case, was released by Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who finished fourth in the primary but later endorsed Dewhurst.

The records chronicle psychiatric hospital stays in 1982 and 1986 in which Patrick “needed sitters around the clock for being severely depressed.” Patterson says the information was “not leaked, but in the public domain for 25 years.”

Patterson claimed to not be working for the Dewhurst campaign, and Dewhurst’s campaign asked him to stop the document dump. Patrick accused Dewhurst of lying about using Patterson as a surrogate, and then attempting to cover it up.

Releasing someone’s private medical records in an underhanded effort to sabotage his campaign is repulsive, producing a backlash that contributed to Patrick’s commanding 65-35 victory over Dewhurst – a bigger win than most polls were predicting in the final days of the race, and a stunning finish after his long-shot underdog status at the beginning of the campaign. Isn’t dumping those records also, you know, illegal? Many of us simple folk out here in flyover country were under the impression that private medical records are private, at least until ObamaCare is fully up and running.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has some more details on the medical-records disclosure, and allegations that Dewhurst played a role in it:

The costly, heated battle became more inflamed in the weeks before the election when documents that showed Patrick had been hospitalized for depression in the 1980s were given to the media.

Patrick said he admitted himself but added that his emotional state is much better and that he hasn’t needed treatment or medication in about 30 years. And he said that though the information was released by a former opponent, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, he believed that Dewhurst — a millionaire businessman who found himself running an underdog campaign — stooped “to a new low.”

Dewhurst’s campaign released a statement saying, “My heart goes out to Dan and his family for what they’ve endured while coping with his condition.” Patterson said he released the information because he believed that all Texans needed to know about it. Patrick said Patterson inadvertently sent out an email stating that it was Dewhurst’s idea.

Days before the election, Patrick offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who could produce an audio copy of a telephone push poll being conducted against him. “David Dewhurst won’t be able to hide from this dirty trick,” Patrick said. “He has run a disgustingly negative, mean-spirited campaign.”

The Texas Tribune has more about the medical-records controversy, including the text of the email from Patterson referred to by the Star-Telegram. It’s not really water under the bridge yet, because the issue may well surface during Patrick’s general-election campaign against Democrat candidate Leticia Van de Putte, currently a state senator from San Antonio. Patrick’s critics contend that he wasn’t completely honest in his official campaign biography about his treatment history, making a big deal about how it would damage him in the general election. Perhaps that will be a self-fulfilling prophecy, although for the moment it seems like the whole affair has only served to energize Patrick supporters. Lingering hard feelings over the finale of the long and bitter Republican primary could also influence how energetically the party rallies around Patrick in the general election. Dewhurst was notably slow to declare support for his victorious rival.

It’s full steam ahead for Patrick, who riffed on the name of a Democrat political group in his statement to supporters: “This election means we’re going into November with a very strong ticket, with candidates elected by the most conservative voter base in the nation, and a team that can articulate the issues the way Texans want them to be. The Democrats have chosen ‘Battleground Texas,’ and they’ve chosen the wrong battleground. Voters wanted a strong conservative policy in this state, and they’ve chosen bold conservative leaders to keep Texas moving ahead.”

He also indulged in a bit of taunting: “If the Democrats think that they’re going to bring Obama liberalism to Texas and win, they have a long, cold day in November ahead of them.” According to the Dallas Morning News, Patrick declared his intention to campaign hard in the opposing party’s strongholds: “Some Democrats have said they wanted me to be the nominee. Well, they’ve got me, and I’m coming.”

For his part, most observers expect Dewhurst to call it a career, as the 68-year-old businessman poured $5 million of his own money into his second losing race against the Tea Party in Texas – the first having cost him $20 million to lose the Senate race in a haze of negative campaigning against another upstart underdog named Ted Cruz. Some campaign strategists in Texas really need to go back to the drawing board.

The Tea Party counted another big win in Texas by unseating 91-year-old incumbent Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest sitting member of the House of Representatives. Hall and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), who is retiring at the end of this congressional session, were the last two World War II veterans serving in Congress. Hall intended to make this his final term in Congress, if he won re-election.

Hall appears to have suffered from anti-incumbent sentiment, having actually won the largest share of the vote in last March’s primary, but losing last night’s runoff election by 4 points to challenger John Ratcliffe. The Tea Party lines in this contest were a bit more blurred, with Hall having recently received high praise for both his military and congressional service from Senator Cruz, and an endorsement from Michelle Bachmann. CBS News suggests Ratcliffe’s more modernized turnout system bested Hall’s old-fashioned street-level campaigning. There was a bit of unpleasantness over Hall’s age, much of which involved the older incumbent tweaking his 48-year-old opponent for “running against my birth certificate” – something Ratcliffe insisted he wasn’t doing.

You’ve got to love the blunt statement Hall made to supporters after losing to Ratcliffe, 52-48: “I just got whipped and got beat.”

The Tea Party can also celebrate Ken Paxton winning the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Texas defeating State Rep. Dan Branch in the race to succeed current Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor. This was another of those bare-knuckle political brawls, as recalled by the Dallas Morning News, which endorsed Branch:

The candidates are racing in an arena filled with the Republican Party’s most conservative and activist voters. That gives an advantage to Paxton, who sped to a first-place finish in the primary on the strength of his connections with the grass-roots element of the GOP.

Paxton won almost everywhere, including Branch’s own Dallas County.

Since then, Branch has been pounding Paxton over various legal and ethical lapses, including the senator’s $1,000 fine from the State Securities Board for not registering as he solicited clients for a North Texas investment firm.

Branch, with his 30 years of legal experience, has also tried to compare his extensive resume with Paxton’s, who has spent most of his legal career as an estate-planning lawyer.

In essence, the contest boils down to Branch, the attorney general candidate straight out of a casting call, or Paxton, the staunch conservative.

“The tea party affiliation is enough in this election, even with the personal dealing to think about” said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson. “The tea party voter says that, ‘My guy, despite any limitations he might have, is better on his worse day than your guy on his best day.’”

There were also vague criticisms of Paxton’s business dealings, which made hay out of the large number of investment positions he secured while serving in the legislature, without explicit allegations that any of them were unsavory. As the Dallas Morning News sees it, Paxton got through all this by running “one of the most closed campaigns in Texas politics… he’s rarely been on the campaign trail or granted interviews, even as Branch pounded him over the securities issue.”

Paxton went on to defeat Branch by 11 points in the initial primary, followed by an astounding 28 points in last night’s runoff, with support from Sen. Cruz. KERA News has a sample of his victory speech:

“Tonight Texans have made their voice heard loud and clear: They want an attorney general who’ll defend our constitution and fight to restore the meaning of the 10th amendment so that states can govern free from oppressive intrusion from the federal government,” Paxton said.

Paxton called himself the real conservative in the race, saying he wants Obamacare out of Texas, gun rights and religious freedoms protected, and the border secured.

“Liberty, freedom, and Texas values are the real winners tonight. We are locked in a struggle for the future of our families and our country,” Paxton said.

Paxton is now considered the favorite against Democrat Sam Jackson in the general election.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014gopprimary; 2014midterms; teaparty; texasteaparty; tx2014

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1 posted on 05/28/2014 8:45:38 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Just another typical Texas campaign.


2 posted on 05/28/2014 8:49:16 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: SoConPubbie
For his part, most observers expect Dewhurst to call it a career, as the 68-year-old businessman poured $5 million of his own money into his second losing race against the Tea Party in Texas – the first having cost him $20 million to lose the Senate race in a haze of negative campaigning against another upstart underdog named Ted Cruz. Some campaign strategists in Texas really need to go back to the drawing board.

. . . or Dewhurst could just move to Vermont.

3 posted on 05/28/2014 8:56:19 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SoConPubbie

They just DON’T get it.

There’d be no daylight between the Tea Party and the “established candidates” if those candidates would DO THE JOB they were elected to do.

Represent the people properly, with due diligence, oppose the other side properly, with due diligence, and push back with OUR agenda as hard and forcefully as the other side does.

It’s NOT a real difficult equation to understand...

Glad you Texans are getting it right. God Bless Texas.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 9:03:30 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Many of us simple folk out here in flyover country were under the impression that private medical records are private, at least until ObamaCare is fully up and running.

And then they will be available to practically any nosy bureaucrat.

5 posted on 05/28/2014 9:03:45 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Perhaps one day we’ll have a relatively calm, statesmanlike contest

Not in Texas. Politics is a full contact sport. At least no-one got shot or hanged in this election.

/johnny

6 posted on 05/28/2014 9:10:40 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SoConPubbie

“For his part, most observers expect Dewhurst to call it a career,”

Capt. Kirk: “How is Dewhurst doing in sick bay?”

Bones: “He is not pining for the fjords, he is not resting, he is bereft of life, he is no more, he has shuffled off this mortal coil, he is F ing dead.

Capt. Kirk: “What!”

Bones: “He is dead Jim.”


7 posted on 05/28/2014 9:19:41 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: rstrahan

If the U.S. doesn’t get its act together and demolish the unconstitutional portion, 80%+, of its federal government, a financially independent, free-market Republic of Texas looks better all the time. But they’ve got some work to do including cutting those high property taxes.


8 posted on 05/28/2014 9:37:13 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: NFHale; All
There’d be no daylight between the Tea Party and the “established candidates” if those candidates would DO THE JOB they were elected to do.

Represent the people properly, with due diligence, oppose the other side properly, with due diligence, and push back with OUR agenda as hard and forcefully as the other side does.

It’s NOT a real difficult equation to understand...

Glad you Texans are getting it right. God Bless Texas.


Congratulations FReeper Texuns! We in SC hope those you've nominated are elected and prove to be as reliable as your Junior Senator certainly has.
9 posted on 05/28/2014 9:39:13 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: PapaNew
With conservative legislation no longer being blocked by Dewhurst and his Democrat buddies, property tax reform is more likely than ever.

If Patrick gets rid of the 2/3rds rule, the Dems won't be able to block it in the Senate.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/28/2014 9:39:43 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rstrahan

Someone from Texas may have to answer this:

Wasn’t Dan Patrick a sports announcer on the local SeeBS affiliate, channel 11 in Houston? If he is the same guy, he was very colorful and entertaining. When he did baseball news he would holler “BOOM!” when a homerun was hit. ;-)


11 posted on 05/28/2014 9:42:44 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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12 posted on 05/28/2014 9:43:11 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: JRandomFreeper
I'm loving it.

Texas needs to seriously consider becoming financially independent from the feds. If Texas saw the value of small government and big freedom with a robust free market economy, as I believe at least some in Texas understand, there's no limit to how far Texas could go. If Texas really took freedom seriously, socially, politically, and economically, it wouldn't be long before the feds would have to start borrowing from Texas. But Texas would need to think twice about lending to a downgraded borrower like the U.S.

13 posted on 05/28/2014 9:47:41 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Resettozero
Dems can't win statewide races in Texas right now.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/28/2014 9:50:05 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: PapaNew

But they’ve got some work to do including cutting those high property taxes.”

AMEN to that! Really getting aggravated. Since they can’t raise the tax rates for those with a Homestead and over 65 exemption, they keep raising the assessed value. Legislature could stop all this nonsense but doubt if they will. And they certainly could do a refund of tax payments from their coffers but they’d rather pump more into the public school system. Not sure they will ever understand that more money has never resulted in better education for public school students.


15 posted on 05/28/2014 10:09:46 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: SoConPubbie

So when does Patterson go to jail?


16 posted on 05/28/2014 10:10:11 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Sort of like when someone applies for a government job and the county registriar gets called and asked what party they are registered to?


17 posted on 05/28/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Grams A

We can start by trimming the bureaucracy


18 posted on 05/28/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SoConPubbie

DallasMorning News endorsement = Kiss of Death

Ted Cruz endorsement = victory.


19 posted on 05/28/2014 10:12:55 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: NFHale

“There’d be no daylight between the Tea Party and the “established candidates” if those candidates would DO THE JOB they were elected to do.”

But if there weren’t a lot of daylight between them and us, they wouldn’t be able to get big campaign contributions from lobbyists. That’s how a conservative becomes a big-government crony capitalist.


20 posted on 05/28/2014 10:15:16 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Grams A
Nuke the mandatory government schools and put the parents and local communities back in charge of educating their children via the free market competition. The quality of teaching and learning would skyrocket and the costs would go down. You'd be paying for your own child's education, not for anyone else.

Texas would produce corps of bright, well-educated children and young people who haven't been indoctrinated in socialism and might actually learn things like the Bible and the Christian roots of America and freedom. It would be up to the parents to decide via the voluntary supply and demand of the schooling market. Right now, homeschooling is the best if a family can do it, but the free market could greatly expand that effectiveness.

21 posted on 05/28/2014 10:21:06 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Same guy. Also was the station owner and started the EIB affiliate here in Houston.


22 posted on 05/28/2014 10:27:22 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: ModelBreaker

“...That’s how a conservative becomes a big-government crony capitalist...”

Then they weren’t Conservatives to begin with.


23 posted on 05/28/2014 10:29:06 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: SoConPubbie
For his part, most observers expect Dewhurst to call it a career, as the 68-year-old businessman poured $5 million of his own money into his second losing race against the Tea Party in Texas – the first having cost him $20 million to lose the Senate race in a haze of negative campaigning against another upstart underdog named Ted Cruz. Some campaign strategists in Texas really need to go back to the drawing board.

For the record, Dan Patrick supported David Dewhurst in that Senate campaign and was against Ted Cruz.

Dan can be a fairweather nannystater.

I wouldn't call Dan Patrick a "tea party" star.

24 posted on 05/28/2014 10:31:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: PapaNew
Texas needs to seriously consider becoming financially independent from the feds.

So, what you're really suggesting is:

Works for me!

25 posted on 05/28/2014 10:34:51 AM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: NFHale

Bingo.


26 posted on 05/28/2014 10:46:36 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: cpdiii

Don’t bet on it. Keep an eye on him that he doesn’t suddenly take a job working for the Dem challenger.

Keep an eye on what he does period. Because he isn’t going away without a pound of flesh after 2 straight losses to the hated tea party.


27 posted on 05/28/2014 10:57:14 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: a fool in paradise
I wouldn't call Dan Patrick a "tea party" star.

Nope, he's certainly no conservative hero. The benefits to Patrick are that he doesn't have Dewhurst's democrat machine behind him, he's talked about getting rid of the 2/3ds rule, and he's talked about not appointing democrats as chairmen in the Senate.

If he actually does those things, he will have done good deeds. If he doesn't, he needs to go away next time.

/johnny

28 posted on 05/28/2014 10:57:23 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Too many of them run as Conservatives, and for whatever reason, our side believes them without looking at their bona fides.

So we get squish when we need spine... ball-less wimps when we need testicular fortitude... collaborator Quislings when we need Pattons... Vichy France when we need Lafayette.

Shall I go on?


29 posted on 05/28/2014 10:59:59 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

They think we’re a bunch of rubes and suckers, that we’ll support them regardless. Much in the same way the rodents use, abuse and play the Black vote. (”Who ya gonna vote for, Honkey Republicans ?”) Time for both to wake up and overthrow these destructive frauds.


30 posted on 05/28/2014 11:04:22 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“...They think we’re a bunch of rubes and suckers, ...”

Some are. They DO get re-elected, after all.

We’re stuck voting for the “vile” versus voting for the “evil”... but when you re-arrange the letters you still wind up with either or the other.

That’s why they hate the Tea Party. It’s a third option, for people on both sides. I still do believe there’s some decent dems out there that are pissed off with their party being so hijacked by communist BS.


31 posted on 05/28/2014 11:10:04 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

In our state legislature, I’m pretty sure some have started as conservatives—their campaign promises are sincere. Then over time, they get compromised a little bit at a time. Money, peer pressure, bad press for being conservative. It’s really hard to stick to clear principles when everyone around you wants you to compromise.

Last session, a good friend of mine was often the only “No” vote on the first count in the entire state legislature on bills. He has stuck to his guns. But it’s harder than you think.


32 posted on 05/28/2014 11:20:28 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker

“...It’s really hard to stick to clear principles when everyone around you wants you to compromise...”

My friend, I have no doubt of the sincerity of your comment here.

But - it’s called CHARACTER. Sticking to your principles, no matter what - is called character, as well as integrity, and honor.

Those are virtues that we should DEMAND of anyone we send to represent us. And they either live up to those, or they go the hell home and get a job.

“...a good friend of mine was often the only “No” vote on the first count in the entire state legislature on bills. He has stuck to his guns. But it’s harder than you think...”

Then he is to be commended, by all and every means, and you and your fellow constituents of his need to let him know in no uncertain terms that you appreciate his efforts, and that this what you expect of him.

You probably “stuck to your guns” every day. I do as well. If we can do it, so can elected officials. If they can’t be trusted to uphold the laws we pass, if they can’t be trusted to push the agenda we send to Congress to push, then they need to be removed.

We’re in a war for the soul of this country, and some on “our” side don’t seem to realize it.

When they do what they’re supposed to do, we need to support them.

When they turn against the principles we elected them on, they need to be removed before they do more damage.

It’s really that simple.


33 posted on 05/28/2014 11:29:55 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Very few of those Dems exist. They have to have gotten the message by now that if you’re not on the Stalinist plantation, you’re not really welcome.


34 posted on 05/28/2014 11:34:47 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Dems can’t win statewide races in Texas right now.”

Right now, that’s true. But if certain demographic changes continue in the direction they’re heading (aka the growth of the Hispanic vote). Texas could get a lot more competitive in about 10 years or so.


35 posted on 05/28/2014 11:38:57 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I still know a few, believe it or not.


36 posted on 05/28/2014 12:17:23 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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