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Don’t Sweat It, Dems

Commentary has a Souvenir Program from the ‘Stros 1969 season, err 49 years ago. The program has a listing of the Dome’s concession prices. What would you guess is the most expensive item on the price list?

The Chron ran an Op-Ed penned by Cong. Beto O’Rourke’s Dem Primary opponent yesterday and here is the headline:

Establishment Democrats remain asleep at the wheel and on a path to defeat [Opinion]

Here is from the Op-Ed:

I ran in the Texas Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate this year. I was rejected by the party as a nonviable candidate the day I registered my name for the ballot.

I campaigned on the issues that mattered most to Texas voters. People at every campaign stop listed a liveable wage, job security, guaranteed universal health care, education, environment, and indigenous rights as what mattered most to them. These are the same platform issues that have been at the heart of Democratic primary victories in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Montana and New York.

Today, the U.S. Senate race in Texas is tight. The 24 percent of primary voters who supported my progressive platform cannot find those policy solutions in the platform of either of the two candidates. Unless one of them convinces voters that they can do without a decent standard of living, health care, education, safe water, clean air and protection of their rights, those disenfranchised Texans are likely to stay home on Election Day.

Here is the entire Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Establishment-Democrats-remain-asleep-at-the-13095713.php.

On yesterday’s front page of the Chron hard copy, there was a story by Alexander Burns of the NY Times and here is the headline for the story:

Dems brace as far left rises up

And finally, this tweet from yesterday:

James Comey‏Verified account @Comey 16h16 hours ago

Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left. This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership.

Let me first talk about the Op-Ed. I don’t know the writer. I never went to any of her campaign events because I didn’t know where she was campaigning. I am not going to argue with her about what the 24% of primary voters who supported her think.

I will say this. Beto has raised a ton of dough without taking special interest money. You don’t do that these days unless you are the real deal. It seems like in my hood, you can’t drive down a street without having a Beto yard sign in your line of vision. The signs are everywhere. He has hit a nerve for sure. He has a winning path in Commentary’s book.

I wonder if anybody from the Chron E-Board has ever attended a Beto event. The folks who attend these events are not the so-called Dem Party activists. They are neighborhood folks who are concerned about their communities and their country.

As for the Op-Ed headline about establishment Dems being asleep and the frontpage headline about Dems bracing, to kind of paraphrase from that all time great flick, “don’t pay attention to the fella behind the curtain.”

I kind of have said it before. What is happening at the Dem grassroots level isn’t the result of talking points and a strategy being handed down from DC Dems. It is not a question of the far left rising, it is more of folks being fed up. They are not paying attention to the Dems behind the curtain trying to call some shots. Sorry.

GOP consultants, talking heads, cautious Dems, are trying to sound dire warnings about Dem socialists, ICE abolishers, and Medicare for all proposers. It is not going to work this time. I will say it again. Folks are fed up.   And guess what? They are the ones who are calling the shots in 2018.   The folks who have Beto signs are not paying attention to establishment Dems. Don’t sweat it, Dems.

Tiger had the lead for a few minutes yesterday.  That was nice to see.

The most expensive Dome concession item back in 1969 was the combination sandwich for a buck of course.

We are still 4 ½ behind the Red Sox.

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