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  •  Hi, welcome to DKE (2+ / 0-)
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    I'd say most of us know all about Sessions and the NRCC, but we like to start with the low hanging fruit. A guy like Sessions has millions of dollars in the bank and is high enough in his own leadership that the cost/benefit analysis of going after him just can't be justified. Additionally, redistricting in Texas could be pretty bad for Democrats if Republicans play their cards right since they control the governor's mansion and both the house and senate

    •  As a Pete "consitiuent" for too long, I say (0+ / 0-)

      "meh!".  What could be more cost effective than getting rid of him and depriving the GOP of his "leadership"?

      Redistricting in Texas is a not-very-long term losing proposition for the GOP --  the demographics are simply against them.   Push now, and keep pushing.  Or should we keep our powder dry?  Pete's been in for 8, or is it now 9 freaking terms.  How long would be too long?  Shall we start AFTER he has an even 20 years in Congress?  How many incumbents and good candidates has he done in from his position as GOP CCC Chair?  Not enough to get rid of him yet, or at least make him spend money and go down swinging?  Bruise him up a bit for each subsequent elecction, or just keep letting him slide?

      Or shall we just let him and the current crop of GOP Congress members keep trying to get the entire US to look like Texas, and Wisconsin, and Florida, and Ohio...?

      Sorry, I've had enough, and ther is no help from the DNC, DSCC, or DCCC in Texas.  We are treated as an ATM, good for helping raise funds for important elections elsewhere, but nothing here is important enough to spend time, money and effort on.  Tell me I'm wrong, and why.

      Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Tue May 17, 2011 at 10:09:07 AM PDT

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      •  we are playing in texas this cycle (0+ / 0-)

        We've got a great senatorial candidate, and with the changing demographics of Texas it could go blue as early as 2016 with the right national candidate. Unfortunately, for now, it's kind of like the GOP going all-in in CA - always a nice dream, always a costly mistake. That's why the GOP is happy to have candidates like Fiorina and Whitman play there because that way they can say that they are competing in blue states while the actual candidates are the ones bankrolling the elections and the Party itself doesn't have to waste resources.

        It all starts with a strong candidate. Find one who can fundraise and the national party will take a look at you. Hell, I worked for a Democrat in Kansas last cycle and he still made red-to-blue and got some help from the national party. And that was 2010.

      •  Actually, you may be right. (0+ / 0-)

        TX-32 is currently only R+8, and Sessions has consistently been held under 60%. He may be one of the more vulnerable senior Republican Congressmen. I didn't realize that myself until now.

        •  "He may be one of the more vulnerable..." (2+ / 0-)
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          Bharat, drobertson

          From your mouth to the DNC and DCCC's ears.

          Perhaps my prayers have been answered.  Assuming any of those folks read what is blathered here.  We shall see.

          Already signed up for Obama 2012.  Have precincts, will walk.

          Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Tue May 17, 2011 at 11:27:10 AM PDT

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          •  I am a fan of the 50 state strategy (1+ / 0-)
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            It just still takes a candidate. Find a good one and I'll be the first to donate to them. And, hopefully, we'll get a little more national attention now that SSP has merged with DK

            •  In Texas, we call it (0+ / 0-)

              "the 254-county strategy".  I

              t's a challeng: 19 million people, 5 major metropolitan areas with toep-tier media markets (Houston, D-FW each with 6 M +, san Antonio, Austin, and El Paso.  Then there are smaller markets: Amarillo, Midland-Odessa, Waco, Lubbock, Texarkana, Corpus Christi, Lower RG Valley, etc.).  It ain't cheap to run a statewide  campaign.  That said, an urban district offers a lot of bang for the buck, if there's a credible candidate.

              Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

              by tom 47 on Tue May 17, 2011 at 12:13:03 PM PDT

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