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Last night, Stephen Colbert took a look at the new group Battleground Texas, started by Obama's national field director Jeremy Bird, that's trying to turn Texas into a blue state in future elections.

Nation, if there is one thing the re-election of Barack Obama proved, it's that demographic shifts are making it harder for the GOP to win nationally.  Apparently in 2012, minority voters just did not connect with the Republican message of "STOP!  THIEF!!"

Now, the man behind Obama's minority outreacharound was Jeremy Bird, who focused on "face-to-face communication" with "core Obama support groups — nonwhites, unmarried women, and millennials".  'Cause we all know how much millennials love face-to-face communication.

Well now, Bird has set his sights on a new target.

LAWRENCE O'DONNELL (1/24/2013): Team Obama's former national field director Jeremy Bird, one of the masterminds behind the President's re-election victory, has decided his next job will be turning Texas blue with a new grassroots organization — Battleground Texas.

BARACK OBAMA (7/17/2012): You're not considered one of the battleground states, although that's gon' be changing soon.

Yeah, that's gon' be changing even faster than Obama's accent.

Nation, this means the Democrats are messing with Texas!

A) I believe that's unconstitutional.  And
B) It might work.

ALEX WAGNER (2/25/2013): Texas is one of four majority-minority states, and its 9.5 million Hispanics, currently 38% of the population....  Just 4.1 million Hispanics are registered to vote, and only about half of them make it into the voting booth.
Which means, if Jeremy Bird can get these minorities to the polls, Texas Republicans may soon be saying the Spanish word for adiós.

So, can this Jeremy Bird character enact his sinister plan to win the next election through the dirty underhanded trick of voting?  Here to tell me is the field director of Obama 2012, and the founder of Battleground Texas, Jeremy Bird.

Video below the fold.

Stephen also promised to keep everyone up to date with the latest Pope news.
He then looked at al-Qaeda's new manual that has tips for avoiding drone strikes.
Meanwhile, Jon looked at Dov Hokind (D), the Brooklyn assemblyman and Orthodox Jew who threw a Purim party and dressed in... blackface.  And then blamed it on Purim.
He then looked at how various former White House press secretaries are handling their lives after leaving the White House.
Stephen interviewed physicist Michio Kaku, and Jon interviewed Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson, who directed the new documentary A Place at the Table, about hunger in the U.S.  The interview went long, so here's the entire unedited interview in two parts.  Watch it and get angry.
Part 1
Part 2

Originally posted to BruinKid on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 05:00 AM PST.

Also republished by J Town, Houston Area Kossacks, TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, CenTex Kossacks, Hunger in America, and Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group.

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