Archive for January 31st, 2011

As we all know, Commentary has been the driving force on getting Dems to finally look at and debate our failed Latino voter engagement strategy.  Getting it right on the Latino vote is our biggest challenge so an acknowledgement of where we need to go is a first major step.  The GOP has been following our intraparty discussions and worries that if we develop an effective Latino voter game plan that Commentary has been calling for, they could be toast.  So what does the GOP do?  They try to discredit Commentary.

Hootsie and some GOP group promoting “sensible immigration reform” have put out a five minute plus YouTube video that includes testimonials from Latinos on why they like being GOPers.  About a minute and a half into the video, they flash a photo of Commentary with the narrator reading the following from a November 8, 2010 Chron piece:

Houston Democratic political consultant Marc Campos said Texas Republicans have a history of seeking Hispanic voters while Democrats take them for granted.  “They make the effort, and I cannot say that in good conscience about the Democratic Party.” (Pause)  I think we are going to see percentage of Latino GOP voters increase.  These are hard working people who buy into the GOP work ethic and the American Dream .  They are not people looking for a Democrat handout.

Whoa!   I definitely did not say what is read after the pause and in italics. The person that narrates the clip quotes me and goes on narrating and so it could sound to some that everything he says comes from me.    They did a poor job of putting words in my mouth.  Only GOP leaders and consultants would use the term “Democrat handouts” while Dems say “Democratic.”

Some Dem fell for the sham and slam on Commentary and thinking I was pulling some sort of Benedict Arnold move forwarded the clip to CEWDEM who then promptly sent it to every Dem activist in the Lone Star State.   It is pretty obvious that Hootsie and this GOP group wanted to put a hit on me because I’m promoting a Latino voter engagement strategy that is not in their best interest.

You can check out the clip here.

Here is the article with my actual quotes.

I gotta figure out how to get me some payback.

Who was the first Chicago Cubbie to have his number retired?

I was checking out the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night and they gave a lifetime achievement award to 94-year old Ernest Borgnine.  He still has it if you ask me – wow!  One of my favorite Borgnine movies is “The Wild Bunch.”

Some folks up in the legislature are proposing selling liquor at liquor stores on Sundays.  They say it will bring in an additional $7 mil per year.  I guess that means we would be drinking a lot more.  I don’t know if that is a good thing.  Last I heard Spec’s doesn’t want to be open on Sundays, so that ought to tell us something.

CEWDEM has been letting folks air their opinions on the last SDEC meeting, where the State Dem Party is headed, and who gets the gigs and who doesn’t.   I don’t know why folks are all riled up.  There are still just a few folks running the Dem Party and they don’t give a rat’s arse what most Dems think.

“Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks of course on August 22, 1982 was the first Cubbie to have his jersey number retired.  Ernie Banks is celebrating his 80th BD today so “let’s play two!”

Nolan Ryan is celebrating his 64th BD today.

Jackie Robinson who is no longer with us was born 92 years ago today.

It is Day 21 of the legislative session and Guv Dude still won’t show us the sanctuary cities!

The Big Puma was on a local radio station the other day and wondered if he would get booed when he shows up at The Yard on Tuesday, April 26 wearing the San Luis Red.  I don’t know why anyone would want to boo The Big Puma.  He didn’t ask to be shipped out.


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