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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.

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  1. RightAngles Member

    They constantly reveal their true colors. I’m amazed once again that more people don’t notice.

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    • November 22, 2018, at 6:55 AM PST
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  2. Jon1979 Lincoln

    White goes in for the normal gratuitous bashing of people on the right, but that’s to be expected because the people he’s trying to reach — Texas Democrats — will totally dismiss the story unless there’s some gratuitous bashing of people on the right thrown in with the other doses of reality.

    The point White’s trying to make is that O’Rourke spent the latter portion of his campaign catering politically more to urban progressive centers like Austin and to big money donors and media people in New York and California than to the voters in the rural part of Texas, because he took the same attitude with in-state flyover country that Team Hillary did with Flyover Country in general in the 2016 election. He didn’t need them, and simply showing up in all 254 counties and delivering a boilerplate speech during the spring or summer was enough for the fall campaign.

    O’Rourke got close to Cruz (about 220,000 votes) because Cruz managed to irk people both in the business wing (Bush wing) of the Texas Democratic Party, as well as some hard-core Trump backers, which is a situation that isn’t going to happen again in 2020, if he decides to challenge John Cornyn for his Senate seat. The other controversial Republicans on the state ballot three weeks ago — Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton and Sid Miller — won by double Cruz’s total, while Greg Abbott, Glenn Hegar and George P. Bush saw their win totals in the 800,000 to 1 million vote ranges. That’s more likely the gap Beto would face having to close in a race against Cornyn.

    (As for an O’Rourke 2020 presidential bid, the rubber hasn’t hit the road yet with the other Democratic presidential hopefuls, who will have no problem pointing out Beto couldn’t win his home state or the fact that Beto is Irish and does not earn minority status just for living in El Paso, something Democrats and the national media downplayed as much as possible during the recent election.)

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    • November 22, 2018, at 7:26 AM PST
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  3. Stad Thatcher

    Richard Fulmer: 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.

    (Not Richard’s words, but a quote he was using)

    One thing Rush points out repeatedly is how liberals lose when their actual intentions are revealed. I agree with this viewpoint, but there is a scary caveat: the liberals win when their true intentions are revealed, and the voters agree with them.

    Look at Arizona. We had a true patriot (McSally, who championed American women’s rights in Saudi Arabia) going up against a whack job who referred to her state as a “Meth lab of democracy”. The whack job won, which makes me wonder about the “meth addicts” who elected her.

    We’ve seen how O’Keefe and Project Veritas capture high-ranking campaign workers discussing their “pull the wool over their eyes” strategies for their candidates. Apparently, more and more voters don’t care . . .

     

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    • November 22, 2018, at 11:18 AM PST
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  4. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    White was the #2 candidate in the DNC governor primary. He would have been much better than the #1 Lupe Valdez.

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    • November 22, 2018, at 3:36 PM PST
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  5. DrewInWisconsin, Ham-Fisted Bu… Coolidge

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    They constantly reveal their true colors. I’m amazed once again that more people don’t notice.

    Well, who’s gonna report on it if they do? I mean, we hear this stuff because we pay attention. But what if your only source of news is “CNN on in the background.” Which is probably true for the majority of voters.

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    • November 23, 2018, at 10:42 AM PST
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  6. milkchaser Member
    milkchaser Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    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.e.

    Rural voters ended up believing Donald Trump and Cruz’s fear-mongering about O’Rourke’s liberal views on immigration and health care… which, while truthful and accurate, was wrong because it did not work out well for us. Lesson? Lie next time as Obama did.

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    • November 24, 2018, at 9:14 AM PST
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  7. milkchaser Member
    milkchaser Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RightAngles (View Comment):
    They constantly reveal their true colors. I’m amazed once again that more people don’t notice.

    It’s worse than that. If you were to bring it to their attention (e.g. show them this post), they will deny the plain meaning that lamenting the ill effect of telling the truth is tantamount to wishing the O’Rourke had lied, as Obama did, to win.

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    • November 24, 2018, at 9:18 AM PST
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  8. Stad Thatcher

    milkchaser (View Comment):
    Lesson? Lie next time as Obama did.

    The problem is that the MSM does report lies said by our side, thus bolstering their argument all on the right lie.

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    • November 25, 2018, at 5:55 AM PST
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