Archive for March 22nd, 2016

I woke up this morning and turned on the flat screen and watched coverage of another terrorist attack. I was kind of surprised because I kind of thought once they caught one of the suspected terrorists last week in Belgium that the rest of the potential terrorists would run for cover and hide for a while. Boy, I was wrong.

In watching the coverage this morning on NBC, there has been talk about the Belgian authorities being unprepared and caught off guard. I don’t know about that? How does one prepare for a suicide bomber?

I’ll skip today’s MLB question and ‘Stros mention.

Bobby Cervantes of the Chron’s Austin Bureau has an article today in the hard copy and here is the headline:

Texas Take

Achieving battleground status

Dems think Clinton-Castro ticket could turn Texas blue; Republicans say that’s ‘beyond absurd’

I come down on the absurdity side.

1976 was the last time Dems carried Texas in a presidential election. That was Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. That was 40 years ago.

Dems have not won statewide in over 20 years.  What has changed? What am I missing here?

In my opinion, we haven’t been doing much to prepare to win statewide. We didn’t do so hot in 2014, actually took steps backward,  and I haven’t seen much of a rebuilding of the State Dem infrastructure.

Even if Donald Trump is leading the GOP ticket, I don’t see it happening in Texas for Dems.

In Cervantes’ article he quotes Manny Garcia of the Texas Democratic Party here:

“We believe Julián Castro is incredibly well-prepared, wildly beloved and can be the inspirational kind of candidate necessary to get you that handful of points in specific areas of Texas.”

Maybe, maybe not, but that’s not the point.

There would have to be a ton of resources expended by Dems in Texas and I don’t see that happening.

Here is how Cervantes ends his article:

At this point, a handful of state Democrats have told me over the last few months that for Texas become a true toss-up in 2016, Republicans will have to nominate someone who totally changes the standard political calculus. Normally, Democrats can’t win statewide offices in Texas, so the first thing they need to do is suspend normality. Enter Trump. Who else can claim to be as disruptive to the process as Trump?

Here is the article behind the paywall: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas-take/article/A-blue-Texas-with-Clinton-Castro-6926509.php.

Ok, ok, so maybe Trump blows up his own party this November, if Texas goes blue so do another 47 states and we will be red again in 2018 – got it!

I will say this. Trump does have the potential to be disciplined. Did you check out his speech yesterday to AIPAC using the teleprompter?

I’ll be watching Arizona, Idaho, and Utah this evening.

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