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Andrew White, son of former Democratic governor of Texas, Mark White, wrote an op-ed in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle (not yet available on the website) in which he analyzed Beto O’Rourke’s loss to Ted Cruz. The key paragraph is:
Ironically, O’Rourke successfully energized his base, but in doing so, he simultaneously energized the Republican base as well. Rural voters ended up believing Donald Trump and Cruz’s fear-mongering about O’Rourke’s liberal views on immigration and health care, and frankly, O’Rourke did little to dissuade them. In fact, he was unabashedly open with his liberal views, which is fine, unless you want to win a statewide campaign in Texas.
Well, now. “Fear-mongering” implies that Trump and Cruz were lying, but White, in the same sentence, concedes that they weren’t. He then goes on to admit that O’Rourke was too “unabashedly open with his liberal views” to win the election. The rest of the article advises Democratic candidates to sugar-coat their liberal views to sneak them past voters – that is, to lie.