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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 08:54 AM

Turning Texas Blue

Yesterday's rally in San Antonio makes me smile. I and others are working hard to turn Texas blue. It is a hard and frustrating task. The Voter ID law killed us in 2014 (Wendy Davis was a good candidate and her numbers were the result of the Texas voter id law depressing turnout by 5.8% to 12.8% of registered voters). Texas will turn blue eventually but I want to speed up the process. One key is increasing the voter participation by Hispanic voters in Texas. California used to be a reddish state until Pete Wilson cracked down on Hispanics. http://www.salon.com/2015/08/20/donald_trump_is_the_harbinger_of_gop_doom_the_devastating_history_lesson_that_republicans_are_completely_ignoring/

There were obviously many factors that contributed to California’s evolution into the deep-blue state it is today, from demographics to the culture war. But none of those things come close to the damage that then-Governor Pete Wilson did to the longterm interest of the California Republican Party in 1994, when he scapegoated Latino immigrants as the cause of all the state’s woes.

Wilson was running for re-election, and as part of his campaign to distract from the economic failure of his first term and increase turnout among his base, he ran on a platform promising to crack down on undocumented workers, and enthusiastically supported the infamous Prop 187, which set up a statewide system designed to deny any kind of benefits to undocumented workers, including K-12 education and all forms of health care.

(He also supported a constitutional amendment to repeal birthright citizenship, currently guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.)

Here’s the famous “they keep coming” ad the Wilson campaign ran that year:


.....Wilson’s California Republicans are now a rump party of angry, white Tea Partyers and a handful professional operatives. It’s a very sad motley group compared to the political juggernaut that produced Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

There used to be an old saying “As California goes, so goes the nation” meaning that California was the modern, forward thinking laboratory of democracy which started the trends that everyone else would soon follow. If that holds true in this case of this Latino bashing, the Republicans are in for a long road back from the debacle of 2016.

Trump's comments on Latino voters are having an effect and are beginning to motivate Hispanic voters to participate. On the Chris Hayes's show last night, Sec. Castro was on discussing the increase participation of Latinos in Texas. I would love to see Julian Castro be Hillary Clinton's VP pick because that would further motivate Hispanic voters and will speed the process of turning Texas blue.

The Texas Democratic Party is officially neutral in the primary race but many people in the party believe that HRC naming Julian Castro would change things a great deal. If Texas is in play, the GOP will have to divert resources that will ensure a 2016 victory for the Democrats.

In the meantime, I and others will continue to work to turn Texas Blue. It is hard work but we will turn Texas blue

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Gothmog Oct 2015 OP
riversedge Oct 2015 #1
workinclasszero Oct 2015 #2
workinclasszero Oct 2015 #3
stonecutter357 Oct 2015 #4
yallerdawg Oct 2015 #5
Cha Oct 2015 #6
Iliyah Oct 2015 #7
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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 08:57 AM

1. Gothmog. Thanks for your work in Tx....



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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 08:59 AM

2. Trump is Pete Wilson 2015

 

The whole damn party is as a matter of fact.

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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 09:01 AM

3. Oh and please keep working to turn Texas blue

 

Because the day that happens we can bury the evil anti-american republican party in the dustbin of history forever!

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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 09:02 AM

4. K&R!

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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 09:09 AM

5. Hillary nailed the issue in San Antonio yesterday!

The Republicans are hanging their collective hat on rolling back voting rights. Impeding basic democratic principles!

The liberal, progressive, Democratic agenda should be expanding voting rights, getting more citizens to vote - firmly and loudly opposing the hateful regressive way of the Republican strategy.

Hillary has got this!

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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 09:13 AM

6. Damn yes.. thank trump for being such a racist *******! His big loud mouth is a call for

Dems.. Latino and otherwise to get out Register and VOTE!

Excellent OP, Gothmog.. Gracias for all the work you and all the Dems in Texas are doing to turn it Blue!

Didn't turn out so well for ol Pete Wilson but California benefitted mightily.

.....Wilson’s California Republicans are now a rump party of angry, white Tea Partyers and a handful professional operatives. It’s a very sad motley group compared to the political juggernaut that produced Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

There used to be an old saying “As California goes, so goes the nation” meaning that California was the modern, forward thinking laboratory of democracy which started the trends that everyone else would soon follow. If that holds true in this case of this Latino bashing, the Republicans are in for a long road back from the debacle of 2016.

Reap from ya sow, vultures.



"Trump's comments on Latino voters are having an effect and are beginning to motivate Hispanic voters to participate. On the Chris Hayes's show last night, Sec. Castro was on discussing the increase participation of Latinos in Texas. I would love to see Julian Castro be Hillary Clinton's VP pick because that would further motivate Hispanic voters and will speed the process of turning Texas blue."

Like no other!

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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 09:25 AM

7. K & R

Saw pics and read that the event with Castro went swimmingly wonderful.

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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 09:37 AM

8. Yayyyyyyyyyy!!! n/t

 

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Fri Oct 16, 2015, 10:59 AM

9. What a great day for the Democratic party, Hillary and Blue Texas....

I know we have to wait until the appropriate time for Hillary to announce her VP but I think we know who it's going to be!

This may be the election that makes Texas Blue!

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