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Stephen Kruiser

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February 20, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Maybe not, but they’re at least going to try.

THE 2012 presidential race in Texas might as well have been in Mexico, so little did the Democrats campaign for the state’s 38 electoral votes.

Yet during a fund-raising swing on a sweltering July day, President Obama let a political secret out of the bag for his rich donors. “You’re not considered one of the battleground states,” he said, “although that’s going to be changing soon.”

Democrats are champing at the bit to turn Texas blue. “People are now looking at Texas and saying: ‘That’s where we need to make our next investment. That’s where the next opportunity lies,’ ” one Democratic state senator told Politico. There’s even optimistic chatter of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s capturing the state in 2016 if she runs for president.

The article acknowledges that this will be no easy accomplishment. The difference between the Democrats’ and Republicans’ approaches to such things is what matters here. The Democrats are always in strategy mode while the Republicans often behave as if fund raising were the only worthy off-year goal. California is a classic case. The Republicans have to scratch and claw for every electoral vote because it cedes the state to the Democrats every presidential election. They just scream “Demographics!” and wring their hands. But the California GOP has been a huge part of the problem. It has spent a couple decades (going back to Michael Huffington’s 1994 Senate run) generally just ferreting out wealthy, self-funded candidates that it doesn’t have to work too hard for in the money department (that’s an assessment given to me by a former Republican member of the California Assembly). Each spectacular failure weakens subsequent chances for the party.

It may be an uphill battle for the Democrats to turn Texas blue, but they’re at least thinking about committing time and resources to overhauling the state party. Because they are always fighting (get on the OFA email list and see what I mean). Hopefully, the Republicans will soon realize what they’re up against and respond in kind.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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The "Republicans " will not wake up to anything. They just want to keep their warm fuzzy seat in DC. They will not admit it, but it is the TEA party that gave them the house in 2010. The establishment GOP statists (RINO's) are a fast dyeing breed...They just do not know it ...yet.
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Yes and No....

If you live in one of the few Dem strongholds in Texas, you know how frustrating it is to not have well supported viable candidates because the seats were already ceded. And we've got to watch our flank.... every lost city county and school board seat is territory ceded - where do you think CSCOPE came from? And every judges seat that is turned Blue becomes a loss to our tort reforms through judicial activism.
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Ted Cruz's primary win over David Dewhurst in the Senate race is what sent Texas Democrats scrambling to fast-track San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro into the DNC keynote address slot just a few weeks later. The Democrats' belief is that demographics in the growing Latino vote in Texas will give them the state by the early part of the next decade, but that assumes a untied Latino voting block on the Democrats' side, because they can portray Republicans as the part of old, rich white guys. Cruz's election, and his high profile so far in the Senate, complicates their efforts to make that stereotype stick...

...as does the national party's positions on a variety of issues, including and especially energy. Fracking has turned Hispanic-majority counties in South and West Texas into oil and gas-drilling boom areas, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the $40,000-$80,000 range for Hispanic workers and causing area economies to boom, including that of Julian Castro's San Antonio. State Democrats are smart enough to downplay their feelings about the oil industry as much as possible; but odds are the national Democratic Party and its environmental activists won't be able to keep quiet about their hatred of the industry and their efforts to ban fracking. Republicans are idiots if they don't keep highlighting the national party's actions and the threat it poses to their new high-paying jobs (which also involves reminding them what some Texas Democrats really think about the energy industry when they also think they're among friends [http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/environment/story/2012-04-30/al-armendariz-resigns-amid-criticism-over-crucify/54648132/1]).
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Hopefully, the Republicans will soon realize what they’re up against and respond in kind.

Ha! Ha,Ha! Ha,Ha,Ha!!!! I knew that you were a comedian, but this is killer material. The absurdity of it all.

Subotai Bahadur
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