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  •  Speaking as a native Texan (10+ / 0-)

    I'd like to point out that Texas was reliably blue until the huge influx of Rust Belt economic refugees stormed onto the scene in the late seventies and early eighties. Now don't clutch your pearls! I'm not blaming the current state of things solely on the Rust belt invasion but it did tip the balance. Until that time, Texas had two major contingents when it came to people of the Caucasian demographic: The conservative, country music listener and the much more Progressive Hippie, rock and roll fan. ALL construction crews, (at least in the Houston area), were composed of one white, middle aged craftsman, artisan, machine operator, etc and one to several younger, white, black or brown, far less conservative, helpers or assistants, who enjoyed mocking the elder, more uptight folks. The same arrangement was present in schools, families and etc and there was surprisingly little friction as a result. Though there was mocking and back and forth sarcasm and insults, it was all pretty much in good fun. I haven't been everywhere in this nation by a long way but I have done some traveling and I have never run across this unique and excellent  relationship anywhere else. The result was a blue state with a significant, (but always outnumbered), conservative element acting as a sea anchor, (at least in my mind). In fact, the whole state seemed to be behaving as a small town. The almost overwhelming influx of people in Texas' boom decade destroyed that arrangement and it's never returned, though here and there it is still practiced, (the flooring industry for example has many examples of this).
      This long rant has everything to do with turning Texas blue. As the author points out, Texas is a complicated place and even the assholes are usually very friendly and generous in person. John Cornyn for example, is a hell of a nice guy one on one for such a conservative dickhead. The effort to turn Texas blue again, (speaking as one who has been working on that since 19 fucking 91), is hindered by all of the folks that love to bash Texas and Texans. I mean, you'd think that all wingnuts ever spawned came from Texas and that Progressives here are fatally tainted by close proximity, from listening to some people. Want to turn Texas blue and put the White House out of Republican reach for the foreseeable future? Here's how:
    1) Stop "conceding" races here. Howard Dean had the right idea, every seat is worth contesting!
    2) Stop reflexively badmouthing every Texan and everything Texas. I'll help you ridicule anybody who deserves it but condemning everybody in the state to oblivion because Gohmert took another verbal shit isn't helping.
    3) Help us to telegraph the anti immigration ideology the GOP embraces and espouses. That's huge.
    4)  We have to make Progressive inroads into the media markets here. everybody hears hate radio, nobody hears Progressive anything around here. Stop consuming conservative media, local Texans! They don't care if you like it, as long as you watch it. As long as they and their advertisers have an audience, there is no incentive for them to change their behavior.

    Sorry for the enormity of this comment but it had to be said.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 05:30:03 PM PST

    •  A persistent presence by liberals on AM radio is (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, TheDuckManCometh

      very much possible: I have never had a problem getting on the air, but alternative ideas are rarely heard--and that is simply an organizational effort to make ourselves heard in the "big" discussion arena of rush-hour traffic, at least.

      We would be heard, until countermeasures were taken, at least--but not even trying to consistently call in as an organized group is simply a wasted opportunity.

      The labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce. Clayton Act, Section 6.

      by Ignacio Magaloni on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:52:11 AM PST

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