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Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:22 PM

Chris Bell: Wake up, Texas Democrats. You’re about to blow it.

Disclaimer. I know Chris Bell and have worked on a couple of his campaigns including a run for SD 17 State Senate run against a truly repugnant republican a couple of years ago. Chris is currently in deep do do with Texas Democrats for backing the GOP candidate in the Houston Mayor's runoff. I and others worked hard to get Sylvester Turner elected mayor of Houston instead the tea party hacked backed by Chris Bell.

I was amused to see this article cited on the Sanders site. http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20160219-chris-bell-wake-up-texas-democrats.-youre-about-to-blow-it..ece#commentsOuterWrapper It seems that someone forgot to read the last three paragraphs of the article

For years, the Republicans were smart enough to come together to nominate someone who could potentially appeal to a majority. It appears very likely they won’t do that this year. So we should turn the tables and, at the very least, if you don’t support Hillary Clinton, stop denigrating and damaging her. This fiction that she’s not progressive is just that — fiction. She has been on the forefront of the progressive movement since she was in college and she’ll take those same values to the White House.

She will also allow us to win here in Texas. When more and more Republicans start looking for a new home, I assure you they will be far more willing to join a party led by Hillary Clinton than a party led by Bernie Sanders.

I completely understand youthful idealism; I had plenty of it. And I certainly understand the anger that has turned many Sanders’ way. But idealism and anger are not going to change our state; that is only going to happen when Democrats once again become competitive statewide. Along with a lot of others, I am so tired of toiling in the trenches for the Democratic Party and then watching as we form a circular firing squad.

We need to seize this opportunity we’ve been handed. We need to be relevant once again.

Like many Texas Democrats, including Chris Bell, I am supporting Hillary Clinton because she can help turn Texas blue. If Carnival Cruz or Trump is the nominee, then we will be picking up a number of GOP voters who are too sane to vote for Carnival Cruz or Trump.

I am so glad that I read all of the article.
This is the DU member formerly known as Gothmog.

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Gothmog Feb 2016 OP
Cha Feb 2016 #1
bluestateguy Feb 2016 #2
George II Feb 2016 #5
stopbush Feb 2016 #3
kstewart33 Feb 2016 #4
fun n serious Feb 2016 #7
Downwinder Feb 2016 #6
Tarheel_Dem Feb 2016 #8
Lucinda Feb 2016 #9
Thinkingabout Feb 2016 #10

Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:28 PM

1. Thank you, Goth.. K&R for now.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:34 PM

2. Sanders would not get 30% in a Texas general election

Hillary could get 40-45%.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 12:22 AM

5. 30%? That's more than it looks like he'll get in the primary.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:48 PM

3. Excellent. Real Ds are stepping up and saying what needs to be said.

This is the DU member formerly known as stopbush.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:55 PM

4. Thank you very much for this post.

He is speaking common sense. It's tragic that so many Bernie supporters are blind to it.

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Response to kstewart33 (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 01:27 AM

7. I was just going to say the same thing.

 

It's not as complicated as they make it seem. It's common sense.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 01:02 AM

6. I wonder how many D's in Texas are voting

in the R primary so they can have a say in their local government. The only Democrat choices in the primary here are President and Rail Road Commissioner. All the local races are decided in the Republican primary

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 03:17 AM

8. I certainly agree with Mr. Bell. I just don't think the South is ready for a New England politician,

originating from Brooklyn, who calls himself a Socialist. It's just not going to happen.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 03:20 AM

9. Thank you!

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 05:03 AM

10. These points are important but we need a qualified candidate for the GE.

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