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August 8, 2013 - 3:40 pm
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Obama’s forward-deployed Battleground Texas rode into the Lone Star State threatening to turn the state purple or even blue. They’re banking on raising big dollars and engaging their likely voters, both of which have been done since Texas went Republican in 1994, and both of which have failed.

To be specific, Battleground Texas came in claiming that they would raise $10 million and raise an army of volunteers.

But how are they really doing?

Well, they say that they’ve raised about $1.2 million. Not bad, but it’s far from the $10 million the hoped for. That’s across six months, so extrapolate over a year and you come to $2.4 million.

Again, not bad, but only about a quarter of their goal. And even by their own numbers, the Republican Party of Texas still has more cash on hand than the Texas Democratic Party and Battleground Texas combined.

Let’s put that in perspective. Just a short time ago the Texas GOP was in debt. Now it’s in the black. The Democrats had the chance to dent the party when it was at its weakest financially. Now it’s arguably institutionally stronger than ever. And it has plans to grow and get stronger.

There’s another weakness behind the Democrats’ numbers.

The Democrats and Battleground Texas are tapping about 2,000 donors, but about 40% of their money is coming from two sources: far-left liberal trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, and the SEIU. Big Lawyer and Big Labor, therefore, represent a massive slice of the left’s fundraising in Texas. Neither Big Labor nor Big Lawyer is particularly popular in Texas, a right-to-work state that enacted tort reform a few years back. You can guess what the SEIU and Mostyn want the Democrats to do if they ever get any power.

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As a schoolboy in Texas, both Republican and Democratic teachers made us do crazy things like read Paine's "Common Sense" and John Locke and memorize parts of the Declaration of Independence.

"Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one [...]." -Thomas Paine
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However, the Texas GOP and Tea Party cannot afford to sit on their laurels - they've got to stay out front and on message. And, they've got to keep their opponents negatives front and foremost. The Texas media isn't going to help you by fairly covering your opponents.

and quick message to Dewhurst and Patrick - don't destroy each other supporting the same goals. Act honorably or you could leave an unpleasant opening.
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Looks for the time being Texas will remain solidly red. It's a good thing too cause if it were to go purple or God forbid blue, the GOP nationally won't ever win another national election and will go the way of the Whigs.
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Bill White gives the whiniest interviews of anyone, ever. Even to reporters who like him.

the Reps, even facing hostile reporters who make fun of them every which way- give solid interviews.

I really cannot see how anyone votes whiny, bitchy, envious Democrat, in Texas.
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Hey, on Monday, in San Antonio, 900 Mexicans swore to become American citizens. They were swearing in people country by country- and they had to clear the courtroom when they got to Mexico. Four hundred ( 400!) of the 900 got up and started yelling "Viva Mexico!"

You might want to call someone from the court and ask. Heard this from a Venezualan who was getting naturalized- his wife and kid are American- he's here to stay.
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Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin all have mayors from the democrat party. Castro reminds me of Obama in that he puts a moderate face on freaknik beliefs.
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and they are proving over and over again they are incompetent- Lee Brown left Houston $1 billion more in debt- White is not much smarter, what is frightening is the 1000 people per day moving to Texas, hate see so many & those with their Yankee or CA liberal dem voting ways coming here - one can simply look at the US map and see all the cities and states with FAILING Dem Governments to see their way of politics is a failure
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We (Maryland) have one of our star, rock solid former Senate minority leaders reportedly on the way. A very sore loss of a strong voice of reason in our sorry dark blue state. I am at least very pleased he will be contributing more staunch conservatism to your Great State!
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Please don't assume everyone moving here is some demented carpetbagging "Yankee" bent on destroying your way of life. As one of the recent arrivals, and born in the heart New Joisy, not everyone thinks or acts in lockstep 'liberal voting ways' despite their accent. (I've lost my accent by the way)

This effort is doomed to failure because they don't understand Texas' culture. The "give me all you guns and I'll take of you" message does not resonate and will never take root from what I can see in my short time here. That, and 75% RH & 104 degrees in the shade will keep away many of those "damn Yankee's" you seem to fear.
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It's the long game that matters. Thank you for staying on top of their efforts and updating us...I don't trust their persistence. Pray for Texas!
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As a schoolboy in Texas, both Republican and Democratic teachers made us do crazy things like read Paine's "Common Sense" and John Locke and memorize parts of the Declaration of Independence.

"Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one [...]." -Thomas Paine
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
However, the Texas GOP and Tea Party cannot afford to sit on their laurels - they've got to stay out front and on message. And, they've got to keep their opponents negatives front and foremost. The Texas media isn't going to help you by fairly covering your opponents.

and quick message to Dewhurst and Patrick - don't destroy each other supporting the same goals. Act honorably or you could leave an unpleasant opening.
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