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Battleground Texas: How Rick Perry Could Be Their Last Republican Governor

rick_perryThe battle for Texas will likely be the Gettysburg of our current political war between left and right. It’s no secret that even before Wendy Davis made her historic stance against some of the most anti-choice legislation in the nation, that this is where the battle would be held. Yes, this seems very odd since Texas sends some of the most idiotic people to Congress (Joe Barton, Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz and many others) thanks to gerrymandering and the conservative “my ignorance is equal to your knowledge” voting bloc. However, thanks to a demographics change and perhaps ironically some of Gov. Rick Perry’s action, the Lone Star State could be turning blue faster than you think.

Rick Perry has been on an absolute crusade to bring businesses from liberal states like California and New York, but what he likely hasn’t figured out is that when you bring business (especially high tech), you also tend to bring more liberal voters. So while he may talk a big game about adding jobs and talking businesses into relocating to Texas, what Rick Perry has failed to understand is that he’s been unwittingly turning Texas blue. Couple this with the exploding Hispanic population that is tired of xenophobic rhetoric put forth by the Republican Party and you’ll see there’s a growing wave of voter sentiment that will eventually wash away whatever obstacles that are desperately tossed in the path of the inevitable groundswell.

Don’t believe that there’s a battle going on for Texas right now? Chances are that if you’re a regular reader of various news sites or political blogs, you’ll see ads from US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) who seems to be very, very concerned that Texas will go blue in the near future. He’s even created a “Keep Texas Red” campaign, complete with ads like this.

Let’s be honest — if the GOP loses Texas, you can pretty much close the books on them putting a candidate in the White House ever again. This is why they’re raising money in opposition to “Battleground Texas,” which is a concerted Democratic effort to turn out minority voters who are becoming a larger and larger portion of the population. Let’s look at a map of the 2012 election in Texas. Sure, it looks an almost solid sea of red except for a few blue spots mostly around the borders. But if you look at most of those counties in red, the vast majority are very small, some with literally less than a thousand votes cast. What about the ones in blue? Most are high population areas and many went overwhelmingly for Obama, and this is a trend that will continue whether the GOP likes it or not.

The hard right policies of Rick Perry (who makes George W. Bush look like a hardcore liberal by comparison) made the moment in which Wendy Davis was catapulted into the national spotlight inevitable. The policies of Rick Perry have hastened the inevitability of Texas turning blue, and for that, I guess we should grudgingly thank him. The sooner it happens, the better.

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Manny Schewitz is a progressive from the Dirty South with an inclination to say it like it is. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, author of the Kvetching with Manny column, and an unapologetic Bernie Sanders supporter. Manny also maintains an active presence on Facebook, and you can follow him on Twitter as well. Be sure to check out Manny's archives on Forward Progressives for more of his viewpoints.

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  • Terry

    All I want to do is get Texas Blue!!! Get them EVs in the Blue column!

  • Beverly Haley

    From your lips… to any sane person left in Texas.

  • Eddie

    It is great that the Democratic Party is finally investing in Texas. Somehow, there should be an equation to create a winning coalition of every sector of our diverse population, including white southerns, just like President Franklin Roosevelt. Many people could be conservative, but a winning liberal message should attract them, the question is how. Roosevelt won the south very heavily, and he was very economically liberal. The southern democratic coalition included blacks and whites by wide margins.

    • MARTinNJ

      The country at the time of FRD was still segregated. Black voters in the South were kept from the polls by Jim Crow legislation. Southern whites were solidly Democratic (except for the upper class corporate elite). Relatively speaking, FDR had it easy. Change is happening in Texas, but realistically a blue victory in Texas may be 2 to 3 governor elections off.

      What are the poll numbers on the race?

      • [email protected]

        Martin, youre right…. Abbott will win, but what will make the case for the GOP is the standing Wendy Davis will show against him. It will certainly give the GOP cause to worry when they see just how close it will be.

      • djtejas

        I wouldn’t be so sure…a lot of people in Texas dislike Abbott, including me, for various reasons. He is worse than Perry and many Texans that were on the fence will go Democrat because of Abbott.

      • [email protected]

        I PRAY you are right. I am actively politicking for Davis. I want her as our next Governor. I just read the ppl around me who primarily vote republican regardless of whos on the ticket.

      • jchastn

        Especially women and LGBT.

      • CherMoe

        Keep in mind there are one heck of a LOT of TICKED OFF WOMEN all around the country and especially in Texas. It will happen sooner than you think unless Texas Republicans somehow rig the votes so seriously or SCOTUS somehow gets called in.

    • jchastn

      It just proves that educated people choose Democratic candidates. It is true that Mr. Perry has been drilling a hole in the bottom of his Party’s boat in Texas with the fantastic tax and regulatory deals that he has used to lure business to his state. Now Dems need to capitalize on that.

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    I think that Mexico and USA may be better than India, if we let the mexican and US PhD and scientists work together in each module of the ERP, and créate something really advance for our civilization, mexican american should be working together for a new Era. The true is that the mexican and US education is without direction, to have it, it is necessary to unify all the level of education, and structure the knowledge by modules at all the levels to créate the productivity models, I created. The mexican and US government should work at all levels of the mexican and US education and structure the knowledge in the way to be more productive, protect our companies, our Nation. No podemos dejar las empresas mexicanas y americanas en manos de estos tipos por falta de acuerdos en el sector educativo, realmente falta un reforma educativa que redunde productivamente en el sistema mexicano y americano.

    • [email protected]

      Um, Adalberto, youre in the wrong article. This is about Texas politics, the Governors race to be exact, not Mexican/American business relations.

      • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

        Possible human traffic activities between DIF Mexico and CPS San Antonio, and relation with the catholic Pope.
        The pope start visiting and made business with them, The catholic church has to recuperate the money of the sues against them in …USA. He knew about the killing of millions of Chineses of a religious group, Chineses offered him the life of the Chinese children of this religious group (Genocide massacre in China). Good opportunity, he contacted Hillary Clinton, and Calderon, opus dei members, business done in high level.
        It seems that Joaquin Castro works for the China Imperium including India and their satellites countries like Mexico. Human Traffic between DIF Mexico to CPS San Antonio of Mexican, children from India and Chinese children. Allowing investment of American and Mexican mafias in San Antonio. Shame on Joaquin Castro. The true will come soon.
        Calderon and his wife controlled DIF Mexico, the only entity similar to Child Protective Services in USA and with legal authority to USCIS (Immigration), Calderon and his wife were the only taking decision of adoption in Mexico through the States, instead of help many children to legalize their situation in the States, they used them as a personal business, each child more than 15,000.00 USD, they were coming from China, India and also Mexican children to be given in adoption in the States, no body (Mexican, Mexican American families), even the personnel in DIF Mexico knows that DIF is the only legal entity recognized by USCIS to do that. Only my estimates annually with Chinese children are more 200 million dollars, but it was only a personal business of Calderon and Fox that no Mexican or Mexican American was beneficiated.

      • gemma liar

        non tiendo de bugarito???

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    The SAP FICO indian consultants, they do not have knowledge of basic accounting and industrial engineering knowledge for american companies as well as no knowledge of capitalism or other economic system. Estas usando a los Indios para hacer fraudes fiscales y contables tanto en empresas como en el sector público. There are using indian consultants to make fiscal and accounting frauds in Corporates and Government. There are some indian consultant that only using Vertix, they are giving a complete soluton in taxes world wide. Can you believe it? Lazies No es solo Oracle o SAP, la tecnología es para estudiantes de preparatoria, no usan tecnología de licenciaturas menos de maestría y doctorado. La tecnología que usan en los ERP esta soprepasada actualmente, usan tecnología de bajo nivel para hacer fraudes fiscales y contables actualmente

  • Dale Mulkey

    the funniest thing in the world would be for texas to get a democrat in the mansion again

  • MARTinNJ

    What are the poll numbers for the governor’s race?
    Realistically a blue victory for the governor’s race may be 10 years off.

    • [email protected]

      Martin, Wendy Davis has just announced her candidacy, so the polls wont really matter for a few months….they will be not surprisingly for Abbott…since she just entered the race. And, its a three way race between Dewhurst, Patrick and Patterson for Lite Gov. Its gonna be a great show…the mud clinging has already begun…and Im prayng for a Davis/Dem upset, but I don’t see it happening this time.

      • [email protected]

        slinging…mud slinging

      • djtejas

        The mudslinging by Abbott on Facebook is ridiculous…

  • Recoloniser

    ” the moment in which Wendy Davis was catapulted into the national spotlight”. Make that “INTERnational spotlights”. She made the tv evening news all over Europe. As did the rest of the story which provoked some flabbergastedness here & there.

    • CherMoe

      I’m so SURE that other developed countries find this Republican dog and pony show and America pushing women DOWN like they do, to be absolutely appalling. There are very few women in high positions compared to other countries, as well as our wages and benefits keeping us down!

      • Recoloniser

        Incomprehension and astonishment at the antics of the Tea Party would be an apt description for the views of people in Europe.

        As for the position of women, the things that draw the most attention are the attempts by the religious right (which is a minute player in Europe) to roll back the clock on issues such as legal abortion, birth control, sex education and the crazy means employed to achieve that. For instance, a compulsory vaginal ultra-sound wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell in Europe because it contravenes the law on the peremptory civil right to integrity of one’s body. This is so well established that any national goverment attempting to introduce such a provision would be counseled by its own legal advisers not to bother because they’d find themselves hauled before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg so fast that their feet wouldn’t touch the ground.

      • Suka

        I find the tea party hard to comprehend myself and I live in Missouri.

  • Patsy Charles Pirillo

    it is only a matter of time. at the worst, another decade

  • Karen Fortier

    Women all over Texas are counting on Wendy Davis to help us gain our equality back. I donated, for the first time in my 63 years, to her fund and so did several of my friends. She is gaining popularity fast and I, along with my friends, are also doing volunteer work for her.

    • CherMoe

      Lots of people and especially WOMEN are donating to her as well. We are being supportive of progressive women in most of the states where repressive wacko Republican governors are waging their war on women & minorities and taking away voting rights as well.

      • Can’tStandTheIdocyAnymore

        I donated to her campaign and I live in Virginia. I also support Elizabeth Warren and Allyson Grimes in KY.

  • [email protected]

    While this map clearly show Texas to be a red state…and in small counties, overwhelmingly so, like 70% to 30%, it is in the cities of high populations where Obama whipped ass. Every major city in Texas voted Obama…and that’s the way of the future in Texas…and in the south where it is overwhelmingly Latino…Get ready Texas…we’re taking you blue again!!

  • linda cheragotti

    Keep this idiot out of Missouri. He’s a waste of our time, and intelligence. Get rid of Rick he’s a d**k.

  • Spinnaker

    You’re assuming, of course, that Texas election officials will allow the newcomers to vote.

  • LonestarJR

    “if the GOP loses Texas, you can pretty much close the books on them putting a candidate in the White House ever again.” I can remember not so many years ago hearing George Will say, “Can you conceive of a Democratic candidate carrying California, ever?” So, I think it would be presumptuous to “close the books” on any possibility.

    As for the “the conservative ‘my ignorance is equal to your knowledge’ voting bloc,” the sad truth is that conservatives do not have exclusive title to those folks, nor does Texas. In fact, a recent national survey of college graduates–college graduates!–revealed that more than 60% did not know that House terms were for two years nor that Senators are elected for six years. There is also the fact that the Democrats’ share of the vote increases as the vote total increases in Presidential election years. Who is more likely to eschew voting in off-year elections, the bright or the dim?

  • tgee

    Hispanics in Texas, get your family, friends and neighbors to get out there and vote. It is very important for all of us. Yes we can!

  • Norma

    I will be so happy that he will be the last Republican Governor Amen to that.