Last week, after the results of the New Hampshire primary, we saw Democrats beginning to hit the panic button. We always hear that Republicans are worried, concerned, about having President Trump at the top of the ticket. I am not one of those. Too many weak-kneed Republicans are running around wringing their hands about Donald Trump’s personality, they are misguided. President Trump has been a fighter, a first in the Republican Party. His tweets, yeah, so what? They can be overbearing and incessant, but what matters most are the results of his policies.
On the other hand, the Democrats are running people for president who are banking everything on “I can beat Donald Trump” or “Defeat Trump.” They are making a total emotional argument that lacks any clear vision for policies that improve the quality of life of the American citizen. As well, many of these Democrat presidential candidates do not have personalities that are engaging.
Well, this panic is being realized and recognized by Texas Democrats.
As reported by Politico:
“Bernie Sanders’ staying power atop the 2020 field has Democratic insiders in Texas on edge: They’re worried nominating the Vermont senator would kneecap their hard-fought campaign to flip the Texas state house.
Putting a self-proclaimed democratic socialist at the top of the ticket would squander a prime opportunity to seize statehouse seats — and congressional districts — that have long been out of reach, robbing the party of a hand in next year’s crucial redistricting process, more than a half-dozen Democratic candidates, activists and political consultants said in interviews.
“There is overall uncertainty which is growing. The real fear for Texas D’s remains Sanders,” Bill Miller, a longtime Austin lobbyist who has worked with both Democrats and Republicans, said of a Sanders ticket. “’We’d be fucked’ — that’s what they’re saying. The drain at the top goes down to the bottom.” And to insiders like Miller, plans to nationalize the health care and electricity sectors will spook voters and weigh down local Democrats who are trying to thread a needle in this still deeply conservative state.
Sanders’ rising progressive agenda and the leftward march of Democrats like Elizabeth Warren has divided the party here about how to succeed and what lessons to divine from years of electoral losses born out of deploying untested strategies they hope will transform Texas into a battleground state.
“Sanders is a complete disaster and Warren is a complete-disaster-lite,” said Texas-based campaign consultant Jeff Hewitt, who has been working in Democratic politics since he served on Clinton-Gore’s campaign team in the 1990s. “At the end of the day, most of us want to win.” A Buttigieg victory is “not helpful” to the party’s goals in Texas, he said. But “he doesn’t hurt them as much” as Sanders.
While Democrats lost all statewide elections in 2018, they notched modest gains down ballot. They were able to flip two congressional seats and more than a dozen state House and Senate seats, putting them just nine seats away from taking control of the state House.
“For control of the state legislature and how the congressional delegation is drawn over the next decade, it’s very important that we do all we can to win the statehouse now so both parties have a seat at the table,” said state Rep. Chris Turner, chair of the Texas House Democratic caucus and who has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden.”
What the Texas Democrats, and all Democrats, must realize is exactly what CNN contributor Van Jones said after the last Democrat presidential debate: not a single one of their candidates can defeat Donald Trump. You can only run on hatred to a point, but, in the end, reality, policy, and results matter. There is nothing that these Democrat (socialist) candidates are offering that bodes well for the Lone Star State. As a matter of fact, the mantra of “Turn Texas Blue” is nothing more than a recipe for failure and making Texas resemble all the other failed States controlled by the progressive socialist left, the Democrat Party. Just look at Virginia, for example.
The bottom line, and what Texas Democrat Rep. Chris Turner articulated, the Democrats in Texas only want power. They want to control the redistricting. Remember, Eric Holder is the Chairman of the National Democrat Redistricting Committee. The Democrats want to do as has been done in Virginia, with the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, consolidate national power, and Texas is integral in that.
Insidious leftist policies such as the “Green New Deal” are unacceptable, certainly so in a state like Texas that has made America energy independent and a net exporter of oil and gas resources. Texans do not want the failed economic vision of the left which would reverse the incredible economic growth, opportunity, and prosperity that all are experiencing. It does not matter who the Democrat candidate will be, it is all about the policies they embrace. Those policies, that platform, is dictated by the socialist left which dominates the Party of the Jackass.
The Texas Democrats are doing all they can to bring in and register young college-aged voters. Bernie is the candidate they want. If, for a minute, any of them believes that Michael Bloomberg will be their savior, he will not. Talk about someone with no personality and a Napoleon complex, you have Bloomberg. He is the fella I affectionately refer to as “Mayor Big Gulp” and his anti-Second Amendment stance certainly does not play well here in the Lone Star State.
There is an interesting juxtaposition. My concern is that folks will be so enthusiastic about voting for Trump, that they just hit the top of the ticket and leave the voting booth. Texas Democrats are concerned about who is at the top of their ticket to support their down-ballot candidates. I want to ensure we, as Conservatives, and Republicans, here in Texas, have a clear and understandable voting slate. We need the enthusiasm, but we also need educated and informed Texans going into the voting booth. We need to crush the left from top to bottom of the ticket, winning back the losses of 2018, and expanding our victories . . . especially in Texas State House and local level elections, big time with judicial positions.
I could not care less about President Trump’s persona. What I do know, the left cannot touch President Trump’s accomplishments . . . even if they do try and lie, deceive, and confuse us by saying this is all the results of Barack Obama.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. In July of 2020, Mr. West was elected Chair of the Republican Party of Texas.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s a Newsmax Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and We Can Overcome: An American Black Conservative Manifesto.