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  •  you can't become the majority party in the state (1+ / 0-)
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    with unabashed progressives. You don't have to win a majority with Phil Gramms or Ralph Halls either but you need guys who are probably very liberal at heart but good at concealing it like Edwards or Sandlin.

    also known as "AquarianLeft" on RedRacingHorses

    by demographicarmageddon on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 11:18:43 AM PDT

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    •  That's Not The Way Ralph Yarbrough Played It. (0+ / 0-)

      Or Henry B. Gonzalez, or Lloyd Doggett. The coming demographics portend not only a bluing of Texas, but a hard-left turn for the Party as well, IMHO. You can't hardly get more progressive than some of the D delegation to the state house and senate. Same with the Texas D delegation to Congress.

      "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

      by chuco35 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 01:05:48 PM PDT

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      •  Ralph Yarborough was a weak incumbent (1+ / 0-)
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        who ran seven points behind Johnson in 1964 as an incumbent. By 1970 he was in the same category as Chris Dodd in 2010 but he refused to retire so was primaried.

        Gonzalez represented a district that was the texas equivalent to East LA and Doggett represents Austin which is to TX as OC is to CA.

        also known as "AquarianLeft" on RedRacingHorses

        by demographicarmageddon on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 01:12:07 PM PDT

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        •  If You Want To Play Equivalents... (1+ / 0-)
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          South of the Nueces is already like East LA, at least in the color of its votes. San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas are quickly getting there, and it is inexorably spreading.

          Of course we are speculating as to what the future holds, but I see that Texas will get blue in a very progressive way as the demographics really take hold down the line.

          "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

          by chuco35 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 01:43:19 PM PDT

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