Column for 7 June, 2009

The Life of the Party

“Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in:  Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire.  Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.’”

                                                                                                            –Nehemiah 12:17

In 1974, following a Democratic congressional landslide and Richard Nixon’s forced abdication, there was quite a bit of talk about the extinction of the Republican Party, some of it coming from Republicans themselves.  Just six years later, Ronald Reagan triumphed, becoming the first candidate to defeat an incumbent president since 1932 and ushering in a major realignment of American politics.  When Democrats were turned out of Congress in 1994, and especially after George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, many pundits heralded the coming of a permanent Republican electoral majority.  Now, the GOP lies in tatters–hemorrhaging supporters, disorganized, demoralized and bankrupt fiscally, morally and politically.  (more…)

Texas Blues

Burka tends to assume that any news is bad for Democrats, but he has a good post here parsing the party ID numbers in Texas.  Bottom line: it would be great news, if the Democrats could do anything to exploit it.  I tend to agree with his pessimistic assessment of Democratic chances statewide in 2010.

Published in: on February 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Wow! That’s Something!

Democrats lead in Voter Party ID in 44 states and are “competitive” in all but five others (Alaska, Idaho, Nebraska, Wyoming and Utah).  I’m usually the last one to believe in political “trends,” but if this is true it suggests that Obama’s win was more than just another victory.

Published in: on January 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Conservative Honesty…

…not just an oxymoron anymore. 

Obama In Texas

An analysis of the presidential election results in Texas from BOR.  Significantly, even though Obama’s overall percentage was higher than Kerry’s, he actually UNDERperformed Kerry in 100 counties.  In the rest of the country, Obama outperformed Kerry in nearly all demographic groups.  In other news, Democrats nearly swept all judicial races in Harris County, despite a disappointingly low turnout.  Even though Republicans won all the statewide races, their margins were down to 51-52% and Democrats managed to saw down the GOP margin in the State House to just one seat, and possibly a tie pending results from Dallas County.  To me, this suggests that Texas is at least purpling and it will hopefully encourage more Democrats to compete statewide in 2010.

Published in: on November 6, 2008 at 7:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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