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Archive for May 30th, 2018

This is an easy one. What is our record in extra inning games this season?

Commentary didn’t watch “Roseanne” much when the show aired years ago. I thought she made a buffoon of herself when she screeched through the National Anthem at Jack Murphy Stadium back in 1990. I haven’t watched any of the so called rebooted “Roseanne” shows of the last few months.

It was good to see her arse get cancelled by ABC yesterday. Honestly, yesterday morning, I thought ABC was going to give her a light slap on the wrist. I was surprised she got dumped big time, after all, a chunk of her viewers are racists and racists watch the flat screen and racists buy products that advertisers air. ABC probably avoided a boycott of sorts so, in the long run, it wasn’t worth it to them to keep her show.

The bottom line for Commentary is another Trumper bites the dust and that is always a good thing these days.

Commentary knows a little bit about campaigning for the Latino vote in Texas. The Trib has one of the better pieces I have read lately on campaigning for our state’s Latino vote, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Cong. Beto O’Rourke.

Here is how it starts:

Hispanic identity is already shaping the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke

In the high-profile Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O’Rourke, there are numerous ways in which their unique relationships with the Hispanic community have already intersected.

EDINBURG — Flanked by a nine-piece mariachi band, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez leaned on Beto O’Rourke’s roots while introducing his congressional colleague to a crowd of Rio Grande Valley residents at a recent campaign event.

“Beto is one of us,” Gonzalez told the nearly 400 people who crowded into a local football stadium concourse on a humid May afternoon. “He’s from the border. … He understands our culture. El nos conoce.” (“He knows us,” the McAllen congressman said.) 

It was one of just a few nods O’Rourke, his supporters and the Hispanic campaign surrogates joining him on a four-day swing through the border would make to the Democratic candidate’s ties to the border and to the state’s Hispanic community. The next morning, O’Rourke opened a town hall at a McAllen park by speaking almost completely in Spanish. And later that day in Laredo, a band warming up the standing-room only crowd played Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va” before the lead singer remarked, “We finally got a candidate from the border.”

Around the same time this month, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was huddling with a group of Hispanic business owners at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Houston. One of the organizers, longtime Cruz supporter Jacob Monty, admitted some of his friends were skeptical he could get Latinos to turn out for the senator, but he sought to prove them wrong. About 30 business owners ended up attending, and Monty estimated he could’ve gotten 100 if they had a bigger venue.

“The issue I always start with is we need more Latino senators, not fewer Latino senators, and you can say whatever you want about a particular vote, but Ted is Hispanic,” Monty said. “He is Latino.”

The split-screen campaigning by Cruz and O’Rourke illustrated their unique — even peculiar — connections to a Hispanic community that many see as the future of Texas politics. O’Rourke is white but has spent most his life on the Texas-Mexico border and has imbued himself with Hispanic culture, while Cruz is a Cuban-American from Houston whose political career is not as often closely associated with his Hispanic identity. 

And this:

The candidates also have somewhat different attitudes toward Hispanic outreach.

In his current campaign, Cruz said he is focused on continuing to make “the case that the values of Hispanic voters, like the values of Texans throughout the state, are conservative values.” He is also seeking to persuade Hispanic voters that the modern Democratic Party has become too liberal for them, and that the party overlooks that “one of the communities that is harmed the most by unchecked illegal immigration is the Hispanic community.”

And this:

In a state where Hispanics tend to favor Democratic candidates, few are predicting that the support of Hispanic voters in Texas — both those living along the border and those residing in massive numbers in the state’s biggest cities —  is truly up for grabs in this race this fall. But the O’Rourke-Cruz matchup nonetheless provides an unusual case study on the ability of two candidates with unique ties to the state’s Hispanic community to appeal to voters who many prognosticate hold the political future of state in their hands.

Here is the entire read: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/05/30/beto-orourke-ted-cruz-us-senate-race-hispanic/.

A few takes on this article.

Let’s start with there are a ton of folks in the state, Latinos included, who don’t like Cruz – period.

Let’s revisit this from the article:

Cruz said he is focused on continuing to make “the case that the values of Hispanic voters, like the values of Texans throughout the state, are conservative values.”

What does this even mean? “Values of Hispanic voters?”

DACA, DREAMers, and pathway to citizenship are our values.

Standing up against separating parents from their children are our values.

Expanding Medicaid in Texas are our values.

Building walls are not our values.

Kissing Trump’s arse after he insults our family are not Latino values.

Let me also revisit this from the article:

But the O’Rourke-Cruz matchup nonetheless provides an unusual case study on the ability of two candidates with unique ties to the state’s Hispanic community….

Beto represents a Congressional district that is 80% Latino. He gets it. It is part of him. He lives it.   He is it. You definitely can’t say that about Rafael, err, Cruz.

It is pretty obvious that Sen. Cruz and the GOP are going to try and demonize Beto among Latino voters. It will not work especially when Latino voters see more and more Latino elected officials and leaders step up and stand with Beto. They won’t see very many stand with Sen. Cruz. Why would they?  When has Cruz ever stood up to the Latino hating that spews out of Trump’s piehole?  What has Cruz ever done to help advance the Latino community?  Nada!

Commentary hopes that the GOP and Cruz try to engage the Latino voter. This will just make Latino voters aware of the choice that we have. The more campaign activity in our community, the better. It will be great for Latino voter turnout and that means more votes for Dems.

The ‘Stros are 1-4 in extra inning games of course this season.

Let me repeat sort of what someone tweeted yesterday. We have a one game lead over the Mariners. Our run differential is plus 125. The Mariners have a run differential of plus 9. Just saying.

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