There is a legitimate chance that Texas will soon turn blue.

By |2019-08-13T06:26:11-08:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

No, really!

Courtesy of The New Republic

Although Republicans have continued to routinely swat away Democrats in statewide races (they haven’t lost one since 1990), while sending legions of unhinged conservatives to gum up the works in Washington, Democrats have taken control of every big city in the state over the past decade—a process that began in Dallas in 2006, when Democrats swept into power. More important, and more worrying for Republicans, that trend spilled over last year into the sprawling suburbs, long the bedrock of Texas Republicanism. Cruz was only able to beat O’Rourke by trouncing him two-to-one in rural Texas, where just a quarter of the state’s voters live; meanwhile, Democrats captured six Republican-held state House seats in the outskirts of Dallas alone (and six others statewide), while giving Republicans heartburn in some of the suburban U.S. House districts where the party was routinely winning, not long ago, by 20-plus points.

Suddenly, Texas Republicans are on the defensive in their national fortress—and they’re both talking and acting like it. “The tectonic plates shifted in Texas in 2018,” Senator John Cornyn, the powerful Republican who’s facing reelection in 2020 (with just a 37 percent approval rating) said earlier this year. Cornyn has been sounding the alarms ever since November, warning national Republicans against complacency and spelling out the dire consequences for his party if they can’t stave off the Democratic surge: “If Texas turns back to a Democratic state, which it used to be, then we’ll never elect another Republican [president] in my lifetime,” said Cornyn.

A confluence of events over the past couple of weeks has reinforced Cornyn’s message. In what giddy Democrats are calling “the Texodus,” four Republican members of Congress announced, in short order, that they won’t be running for reelection in 2020; three of their seats, all in the suburbs, will likely go Democratic, adding to the two they took from Republicans in 2018. “We could see other representatives step away too,” said Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. “Why would you go into a knockdown, drag-out fight when you’re either going to lose next time, or soon afterward?”

Now in the interest of full disclosure, I should admit that I have been predicting that Texas will turn blue for over a decade now. 

And of course so far it has not.

However as this article ponts out it has been slowly moving that direction, and we get closer and closer with every election cycle. 

So is this the year that Texas turns blue?

Hell if I know, but if it keeps to this pattern it will definitely be a little less red. 

Progress is coming, I just hope I am still around to enjoy it. 

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10 Comments

  1. Paul August 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    The democrats have an excellent chance of taking the Texas state house. If this happens, the dems will be part of the state redistricting decision. With more fair district boundaries, this would mean that the dems would have an opportunity to increase their numbers in the state house, state senate, and US house. Of course, at this time we don’t know what role the SCOTUS will have in the election and redistricting. We also don’t know what role Russia will have. In both cases, their involvement is not good for the democrats or the democratic process.

  2. Defeat the orange man August 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Texas is a state , one of several, where the larger cities are blue. And small town life is red. Could be slowly changing. But even some suburbs of larger cities are still pretty red. I think Florida has a better chance of fully turning blue.

  3. Anonymous August 13, 2019 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    I will do my part by voting for Democrats all the way down.

  4. Anonymous August 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Lots and lots of wishful thinking going on here.

  5. anonymous August 13, 2019 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-social-casinos-leverage-facebook-user-data-to-target-vulnerable-gamblers

    We are now capable of predicting proto-whales within their first gaming session, so we can assign a very high likelihood that a person’s going to be a porto-whale.

    Nate Halverson:
    We obtained leaked company documents that show how his VIP system tracks players by their Facebook IDs, closely monitors their game play, and then prods people to keep them spending. They refer to their VIPs as whales, a term taken from the casino industry to describe big spenders.

    Big Fish – Blue Whales

  6. anon August 13, 2019 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    When is Texas going to release 2008 footage of Palin “in labor” with a pillow that became a baby?

  7. anónima August 14, 2019 at 7:35 am - Reply

    https://theconversation.com/fifty-years-ago-jimi-hendrixs-woodstock-anthem-expressed-the-hopes-and-fears-of-a-nation-120717

    WOODSTOCK 50 “This Is America,”
    Mining the anthem’s many meanings
    Some might think Hendrix’s Woodstock Banner was an on-the-spot improvisation. But he had actually been experimenting with the song for over a year, and he would continue to perform the anthem up until his untimely death in September 1970.

    In all, Hendrix performed the piece at least 70 times, with his last known performance taking place almost a year after Woodstock – in Hawaii, on Aug. 1, 1970.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwIymq0iTsw

    “Building off the traditional melody, Hendrix could paint a picture of patriotic pride or commercial corruption.”

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