From The Texas Observer ~ by Eileen Smith
Yes, there have been isolated [Texas Democratic] victories in the form of really good
candidates — San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, his brother Joaquin, the
newly elected congressman, and
Congressman-elect Pete Gallego who unseated Francesco “Quico” Canseco.
But relying on the random strong candidate instead of building a solid
state party infrastructure is like playing the political lottery. You’re
just wasting your time and money fantasizing about hitting the jackpot
in the form of yet another rising star.
So forget about the great GOP awakening. Now is the perfect time for
Texas Democrats to figure out what the hell they’re doing. The default
explanation for their dismal showing was that Texas is not just red but
bloody red, a stronghold of the Republican Party and ruled with an iron
fist by Pharaoh, forcing the Chosen Ones to wander aimlessly in the
desert looking for manna from heaven. But now the shifting demographics
coupled with a rather clueless opposition party should be working in
their favor. In the meantime the only thing Democrats here seem to do is
nominate bumbling statewide candidates who can’t do much better than 40
percent. Is that any way to boost morale in a defeatist party so used
to losing it’s forgotten how to win?
Read the full article @ The Texas Observer.