"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

11.05.2008

meanwhile, back at the ranch

Burnt Orange Report says that control of the Texas House depends on the count of provisional ballots in the District 105 race. The two candidates are currently separated by a margin of 25 votes. As of now, the D's appear to have picked up four seats, including that of Diana Maldonado in Round Rock.

Whatever happens in that race, I see no way that Craddick holds onto power in the state house. Thank goodness. I have no problem with a Republican speaker, but Craddick's behavior at the end of the last session was beyond the pale. Not to mention unconstitutional, undemocratic, and immoral.

(The important thing is that I'm not bitter.)

I am absolutely stunned at the numbers the Democrats pulled in Texas this year. True, they didn't win many statewide or judicial races, but they lost most of them with over 3,000,000 votes in the Democratic column. Anyone know the last time the D's pulled 3,000,000+ votes in Texas? Or that Harris county went for a Democratic candidate for president?

We know that Texas' demographics are changing rapidly and that the growing power of the Latino vote will affect our politics in the years to come. I agree with Paul Burka that Texas Republicans are setting themselves up for self-destruction with their stance on immigration. I would have expected something like what happened today to happen in ten years or so.

But Obama galvanized something in the Texas electorate and was able to bring out lots of new voters.

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