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  •  I really understand that some Texas progressives (2+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, doraphasia

    feel put down at every turn by "generalizations" so will try to avoid them whenever I can.  But I want to bring up a few points:

    1) The diary that motivated this clearly put the heat on Texas repubs.  The diary itself was thoughtful and accurate as far as I could tell.  I personally did not have a problem with just "Texas" being in the headline no more than I would as an American with the headline of "Americans kill over 200,000 innocents in Iraq war".  But I'm not a Texan progressive so have no right to judge however much it might be hurtful.

    2) "Is it too much to ask for precision here?"  One can ask, but this is Daily Kos and there are abundant examples of loose handling of facts.  I see no reason to expect that to change.

    3) For those of us not living in Texas and are admittedly ignorant about it, based on data, news and available info, it's only normal to feel, "What the F... is wrong down there?"  In many progressive states damage from Repubs is often kept in check.  Renewed efforts at TX registration are great and I look forward to reading about them, but I'm still mystified about how things got so bad there, what the state Dem organization did to fight it and what happened to them.  According to the US Elections Project (2010) Texas is ranked number 50 of the states for a key turnout rate statistic of eligible voters.  How the heck did that happen?

    4) I would be willing to contribute financially if I understood how things evolved to this point, what mistakes were made and how renewed efforts are going to turn that around.  I understand some of the story, but I'm missing major pieces.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:12:16 PM PDT

    •  Thank you for your comment, Satya1. (2+ / 0-)
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      doraphasia, mjbleo

      1) I do appreciate the stand that that diary took (and regret that I did not think to emphasize that other than to complain of not being able to rec and share), but here's one problem with the wording (my emphasis):

      Again, the federal government will and should absolutely lend resources to the town's recovery. But perhaps the state's politicians should be less hostile toward similar aid to other parts of the country.
      The fact is that every TX Democratic rep who was present voted for Sandy aid: Al Green, Ruben Hinojosa, Beto O'Rourke, Joaquin Castro, Pete Gallego, Henry Cuellar, Gene Green, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, Lloyd Doggett. (Sheila Jackson Lee was not present and did not vote.) So the only TX politicians who voted against Sandy aid were all Republicans, and facts like that matter if we're going to convince voters here that it will indeed make a difference if they turn out to vote for Democratic candidates.

      2) Yeah, well, I had to try in this case ;-)

      3) It was a complex mess, and I hope that others who are better at explaining this will come along to respond to this particular question. The state and county party apparatus was in disarray. Rove, DeLay, et al practiced on TX before moving on to the rest of the country. ALEC. Bob Perry's and other multi-millionaire's huge donations to GOP candidates throughout the state. Local media almost always pre-declares victory for GOP candidates. Too many voters who are low-information and apathetic. People like me weren't doing enough. And on and on...

      I know that isn't a satisfactory answer, but basically everything was dysfunctional. You can see hints of many things I just mentioned in comments posted throughout this diary.

      4) I understand. Someone upthread pointed out that we need to do a better job of telling our story, and I agree.

      The TX Democratic Party, which is now under the energetic leadership of Gilberto Hinojosa (who has basically cleaned house to recruit stronger party leaders), must prove that TX Democrats can organize and GOTV. The same goes for our county party leadership all the way down to precinct chairs. To give you just one example of the problem, far too many Dem. pct chair positions are vacant atm. (I am a pct chair, and I never knew such a position existed before the 2008 primary.)

      The newly created Battleground Texas must prove that TX Democrats can register, persuade, and turn out voters.

      OFA is actively organizing around issues here now, and the same goes for this effort.

      I have donated to all of the above as well as to other efforts here because this is my fight. I fully understand, though, that we're not going to get much support from the rest of the nation until we prove that we can do, not just talk.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by nomandates on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 03:44:31 PM PDT

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