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  •  It's not Hightower. (4+ / 0-)

    Hightower lost to Rick Perry in his Ag Secretary race.

    That was in a year that Ann Richards won the governorship.

    Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

    by Arjun Jaikumar on Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 11:23:46 AM PST

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    •  That was then... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... this is now. You are still living in a pre-2006 mindset; this is a post-11/7/06 world. People-powered politics works.

      Hightower's bio on Wikipedia:

      In the late 1960s, he worked in Washington, D.C. as legislative aide to Senator Ralph Yarborough. After managing the presidential campaign of populist former Senator Fred R. Harris of Oklahoma in 1976, he returned to Texas to become the editor of The Texas Observer, a magazine. His first run for office was for the Democratic nomination for the Texas Railroad Commission (which regulates the oil industry), which he narrowly lost. Hightower was elected Agricultural Commissioner in 1982, serving in that capacity until 1991. His tenure was noted for fostering organic production, alternative crops, direct marketing by small farmers, strong pesticide regulations, and other innovative programs. During that time, he also became a leading national spokesman for populist and progressive Democrats. He was defeated in 1990 by the current conservative Republican Rick Perry, governor and client of the political consultant and manager, Karl Rove.

      It's not 1990 any more.

      -5.25, -2.26 "Free your mind, and the rest will follow..."

      by KilljoyTXinMI on Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 11:58:45 AM PST

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      •  You're right. (1+ / 0-)
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        In 2006, liberal and conservative Democrats alike got beat badly statewide in Texas.

        I like Hightower, but he wouldn't have a prayer of beating Cornyn.

        Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

        by Arjun Jaikumar on Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 01:16:58 PM PST

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        •  not quite true (1+ / 0-)
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          most true, but the GOP didn't flip any seats, either.  The scary possibility there is, does that mean that there has to be a Democratic wave for TX Dems just to hold their current seats?  Or is the TX GOP wave finally breaking?

          I don't see much evidence of the latter yet (there was the Dallas judges phenomenon, but that could just be the product of conservative white flight-- perhaps the Austinification of Dallas?), and it scares me.

          Think you live in a free country? Try forming a union.

          by exiled texan on Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 01:24:26 PM PST

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          •  I think Dems are quietly coming back (3+ / 0-)
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            in Texas. They made baby steps in the last election.

            At the very least, it's likely that the flow of Latinos to the GOP, courtesy of Bush, has been stanched thanks to the immigration issue.

            I think that a moderate Dem running a good campaign can beat Cornyn. I think that would be the first and biggest step for the TX Democratic Party to get back in business.

            Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

            by Arjun Jaikumar on Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 01:35:12 PM PST

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