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  •  There are lots of Democrats here. We should have (26+ / 0-)

    beaten Perry in 2010. Bill White was an excellent candidate. Every major news organization , just about, endorsed him.
    We suffered from the "enthusiasm gap" that struck the Dems nationwide.
    There is some kind of rift between the state Dem organization and the national party.
     Our polling isn't all that different from most of the rest of the nation.
    Low voter turnout kills us. The Christian right gets all of their voters to the polls. The rest of the state, culturally, tends to de-emphasize politics and focuses on the struggle to put food on the table. We're accustomed to working hard for little pay, and few benefits. This affects our politics.
    We may see a reversal in the dynamic in the next election. The Christian right may well suffer from a lack of enthusiasm, and the casual working class voters may not be able to find anything to like about Romney.
    Wind power is booming, nat. gas price is down, the boom in new extraction may be waning.
    If state Dems would get on the solar power bandwagon, etc. this could be the start of something big.
    Unfortunately we've already ceded the Senate election apparently.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 06:04:41 AM PDT

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    •  Healthcare (19+ / 0-)

      should be the big issue. IIRC we have the most uninsured people in the country and the most children as well.

      We could win a few contests or at least not give up like it appears in the Senate race, grrrr!

      The Spice must Flow!

      by Texdude50 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 06:07:32 AM PDT

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      •  It's The President's Race At Issue. (3+ / 0-)
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        Fortunately, we have a president race at the top of the ticket. That should and will drive our county campaigns in Texas, at least south of the Nueces River. In 2010 we had White at the top of the ticket. He did not fire up the common folk, as O can certainly do. While it would help to have a vibrant candidate for Senate, we can still focus on O in November, and work to close the statewide gap in presidential years.

        It's true that coming close does not work in politics as it does in horseshoe pitching. However, in Texas we are looking ahead as we work in the here and now. We know that once we get this state beast under control, the country will finally be wrested from the white-right for good. We also know that the demographics are on our side and that it is only a matter of time. Most importantly, we know that the harder we organize, the smarter we fight, the sooner we will win --- and that there is no time to waste! So coming close will work for us this year, if that is all we accomplish.

        "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

        by chuco35 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 07:55:45 AM PDT

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    •  They win because we don't vote; I don't get it (9+ / 0-)

      We don't vote, evil wins.

      Now they want to take our votes away again all over the nation.

      The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

      by a2nite on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 07:17:24 AM PDT

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    •  I live in a small rural North Texas town... (4+ / 0-)

      It's red red red...No joke. Dems up here are far and few between. Most of the time we have run off elections for county or city seats for the Repubs and only the Repubs because there aren't any Dems to run for office. It's that tough.

      I'm always amazed at the way folks around here process information and rationalize their voting choices. When the GOP primary was full throttle, no one around these parts was going to vote for "That Mormon" because well everyone know they aren't real Christians. Now he's the nominee and it's a case of it being a choice between "That Mormon" and a Muslim...Yes they still believe that around here. And of course they will vote for Romney because at least he's not a Muslim.

      Everything around here is driven by the churches. In a town of a little over 600 we have four big churches. Control of the school board is more of slug fest between the Baptist church and the Church of Christ--Not a contest between Dems and the GOP....That alone says a lot.  Not one of the local preachers is above preaching politics from the pulpit. It happens all the time. I have yet to figure out how the ACA goes against the teaching of Christ, but hey according to the religious types around here it does.

      I've lived here over 25 years now, it hasn't changed. I haven't seen a Dem elected to major office in my area in all that time.

      One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors - Plato 427-347BC

      by left over flower child on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 08:21:20 AM PDT

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      •  There used to be some "farm and ranch" Dems (4+ / 0-)

        who could get elected in the Abilene/Ft.Worth/Wichita Falls triangle. The W. F. Times Record News gave White good press and an endorsement.
        The national Dems should "make a project" of changing the political culture here, using the health care changes, wind, solar industry, social media, dream act etc. and just plant focused seeds out here and give it commitment over time.
        Our 2010 challenger to Randy Neigebuerger (Noobigoober?) was a good candidate, ran as a "frugal progressive" , but had no money. I couldn't even get  yard signs .
        He was a good prototype of an electable Dem out here.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 08:39:34 AM PDT

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        •  Wichita Falls: (4+ / 0-)

          My ex is from Fort Worth. When we moved up to Boston for his residency (for me, it was coming home, yay!) people would ask him exactly where Fort Worth is. Once I chimed in before he could answer "Oh, it's a suburb of Wichita Falls". The Bostonian looked at me with puzzlement but my ex didn't speak to me for about three days after that. ;)

          He was a staunch Republican when I met him. A couple of years in Boston cured him of that.

          Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Mrs. Romney: Fraud on Horse.

          by commonmass on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 09:56:39 AM PDT

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