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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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