Paxton Agonistes

Good article from The Texas Observer on Ken Paxton as the symptom but not the disease infecting Texas politics. We have no civic culture anymore. We’re like a former Soviet Republic or recently independent Third World colony. We had the worst voter turnout in the country in 2014. In fact, we are at or near dead last by every measurement of civic engagement. Put simply, Texans don’t give a shit. As a result, our corrupt elections are dominated by a small cadre of fanatics and produce ethical eunuchs like Ken Paxton.

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Published in: on September 1, 2015 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Nate Silver, the man who introduced math to political polling, is giving the Republicans a slight edge to control the Senate in 2015. I can see one of two results if that happens: one, we get two more years like the last four of gridlock and political impotence; two, the Loony Wing is ascendant and we see impeachment hearings. In either event, I suspect the party will be short-lived and will end with Hillary Clinton pounding Ted Cruz or Rand Paul in 2016.

Published in: on March 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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So, Turns Out Georgia Republican Senate Candidates Are Pretty Much All Insane

They are evidently in a race to out-Ted Cruz/Ted Nugent each other.

Published in: on February 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Keep it Classy, Laird

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So Lyndon Laird (the accidental Republican candidate for state representative) has a large yard sign right next to the Goodwill Superstore in Burleson. We can therefore conclude that either A) he’s illegally placed a sign on a right of way; or B) he’s illegally placed a yard sign on property belonging to a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Neither would surprise me, nor would it surprise me to learn that Goodwill has no idea it’s there.

Published in: on February 23, 2014 at 9:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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Lyndon Laird: Nobody’s Child

Lyndon Laird is either a “lifelong conservative Republican” who accidentally donated money to Barack Obama and accidentally ran for office as a Democrat or he’s a transparent fraud. You make the call.

Published in: on September 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm  Comments (4)  
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Close But No Cigar

Now that Rob Orr has decided not to throw his empty hat in the ring again, it’d almost be worth it to run again (knowing Jesus Christ Himself couldn’t get elected in this county as a Democrat) just for the chance to say what I really think. On the other hand, tar can cause severe skin irritation and feathers itch…

Published in: on September 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Be Careful What You Wish For

Not sure why everyone is cheering Rick Perry’s decision not to inflict himself on Texas for another four years given that he is likely to be replaced by Greg Abbott, who’s just as vicious but not nearly as stupid. I like Wendy Davis as much as the next Democrat; she even reminds me a little of Ann Richards, but let’s be real. Democrats are not going to win statewide in Texas next year. I’d love to be proved wrong, but I think this state is still a decade away from competitiveness.