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  •  Why do people think that Texas (13+ / 0-)

    might go blue as soon as 2016? Given this rabid reaction - which I do not doubt your account for a moment.

    My father was texan - moved away at an early age, remained Democrat - if you know what I mean - after a run-in with my immigrant mother which resulted in his change of perspectives. When he would go back to Texas on a visit - he always came back saying he would never live there again. I think it was sad for him because Texas really was his home but he could not stand the attitudes of intolerance that normal average people carried with them. I know of what he spoke - I have many texan cousins - I simply cannot relate to them on any level.

    So, what will we do with Texas?? Going blue? Is that possible?

    Keep constant watch on your mind. - Dalai Lama

    by redstella on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:25:19 AM PST

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    •  My experience is like your father's (14+ / 0-)

      I know exactly where your father is coming from. I grew up in Texas and part of me still has that "Woo, born a Texan, always a Texan!" pride and swagger. I love football, barbecue, Texas music, etc.

      Once in a while I think, yeah, maybe it's time to go back for a visit and eat some great barbecue and all that. My heart swells when I see the Texas state line. The roads are good, the people are friendly ...

      But in less than a day, I've always had enough. The people can be so nice, but just under the surface there's this seething suspicion of anyone different. They are suspicious, close-minded, condescending in a polite but pointed way ... and I think ultimately they are very insecure. And there is so much macho bullshit ... oh my god, so much of it ... that I can't wait to leave again.

      I love my Texas family and friends, but more and more they feel alien to me. It's like they are in a different country where the laws of nature don't have to apply, simply because these stubborn people don't want to believe the rules apply to them.

      It's really weird. Texans are such a proud, stubborn, macho group, but ultimately very defensive and insecure. Like I said, I hope I never have to go back. I think I've outgrown all that "woo Texas!" mentality.

    •  Population numbers (6+ / 0-)
      Why do people think that Texas might go blue as soon as 2016?
      Assuming we don't get an influx of white bread lunatics that Canada and Australia rejected the triangle of urban population centers may be enough to swing the state into a battleground state and then blue.

      If we can get support from the party the Dems have a fighting chance.

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