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2012-11-01 12:14:58 PM  
Everyone knew Cruz was a whack job before the primaries and on the political fringes however the reality is Sadler never stood a chance. It's Texas and moderate Republicans are too lazy to split their ticket. As I heard at work yesterday, "it's much easier to hit one button and be done because I ain't got to do all that scrolling"
 
2012-11-01 12:38:37 PM  
Good article. And...

"So why have Texas Democrats passed up this opportunity to back a very qualified candidate in what could have, should have been a winnable race? When they faced a Republican candidate who is not qualified and clearly not engaged on the issues of importance to voters of every political persuasion? Because the common unwisdom is that no Democrat can win statewide office in Texas. "


That pretty much sums it up. We've had some pretty conservative Democrats run for federal office who would definitely not follow the party line but they've lost to whackjobery with an "R" next to their name.
 
2012-11-01 01:28:33 PM  
What?

*re-reads TFA*

Wow. There's so much fail/win/I don't know what going on down there.

UberDave: That pretty much sums it up. We've had some pretty conservative Democrats run for federal office who would definitely not follow the party line but they've lost to whackjobery with an "R" next to their name.


Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

*shrug*
 
2012-11-01 01:36:02 PM  
I always take my political news from and Actress and founding member of MOMENTUM.
 
2012-11-01 01:49:39 PM  

xanadian: Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.


No, UberDave is right. You can't expect to win a state-wide election with a D next to your name. Too many straight-ticket Republicans. Too many people who think that Democrats are literally out to ruin everything. No critical thinking, no logic. Just "you are the enemy, I am the hero, the end."
 
2012-11-01 01:54:20 PM  

xanadian: What?

*re-reads TFA*

Wow. There's so much fail/win/I don't know what going on down there.

UberDave: That pretty much sums it up. We've had some pretty conservative Democrats run for federal office who would definitely not follow the party line but they've lost to whackjobery with an "R" next to their name.

Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

*shrug*


We're fighting an uphill battle down here. Once you get out of the cities or the land near the border, it's just a sea of red.

2010 Governor election results

i881.photobucket.com

2010 Full Texas Election Results

We have a LOT of people from other states moving here lately so maybe we can finally tip the scales but it's going to be a while. Like UberDave was saying, most people here just look for that R next to their name and push the select all button. There's a bunch of bumpkins here that think a vote for D is a vote for the devil. If the Dems had adopted the Jesus platform, this whole state would be a sea of blue. 

Just drove from Houston to Amarillo recently. Hoo boy, once you leave Dallas every billboard you see is politics, politics, politics.
 
2012-11-01 02:04:40 PM  

alwaysjaded: There's a bunch of bumpkins here that think a vote for D is a vote for the devil.


Not an exaggeration
 
2012-11-01 02:23:36 PM  

Di Atribe: alwaysjaded: There's a bunch of bumpkins here that think a vote for D is a vote for the devil.

Not an exaggeration


Yup. It's hard for outsiders to understand why most of our citizens vote against their own interests. I have a real hard time explaining it to people I meet when I travel.
 
2012-11-01 02:28:59 PM  
The left-leaning Austin American Statesman which endorsed Ted Cruz in the primary...

Sounds like there's been some gamesmanship.
 
2012-11-01 02:30:02 PM  
paging Jim_Callahan. Are you still alive? Over.
 
2012-11-01 02:30:42 PM  

Di Atribe: xanadian: Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

No, UberDave is right. You can't expect to win a state-wide election with a D next to your name. Too many straight-ticket Republicans. Too many people who think that Democrats are literally out to ruin everything. No critical thinking, no logic. Just "you are the enemy, I am the hero, the end."


As a Texan, I concur. People here are insane when it comes to their view of democrats. A lot of folks will blame anything and everything on them, and vote for the most insane, wacked out republican over any democrat, regardless of qualifications.
 
2012-11-01 02:35:01 PM  

alwaysjaded: We have a LOT of people from other states moving here lately so maybe we can finally tip the scales but it's going to be a while.


Native New Yorker now living in Texas here. I'll be voting Democrat this year, even if it's a throw-away vote. My wife might be splitting her ticket (I haven't asked, she hasn't volunteered, although I know she supports Obama over Romney, not sure beyond that). So we're doing our part to help!
 
2012-11-01 02:35:23 PM  

Arkanaut: The left-leaning Austin American Statesman which endorsed Ted Cruz in the primary...

Sounds like there's been some gamesmanship.


We don't call it the Austin American Mistakesman fer nuthin', Bubba.
 
2012-11-01 02:35:37 PM  

alwaysjaded: Once you get out of the cities or the land near the border, it's just a sea of red.


But isn't that the way that most states' electoral maps look? Here's my state in 2004 (cherrypicked because it's more extreme than 2008 was, and no, I don't know why red is for Kerry and blue is for Bush):

uselectionatlas.org

That represents a 53-46 majority for Kerry, because all the population is in the red area. I would have thought that all the people in Houston, DFW, Austin, and San Antonia would be sufficient to at least lead to a competitive environment.
 
2012-11-01 02:35:40 PM  
"Dems slam fingers in window keeping hot air in Texas when cool breeze blows in from Hell"

These ... are words, arranged somehow. They mean something to someone. We'll put our top minds on it. We'll break the code. Lives depend on it. Thank you, and may God bless America.
 
2012-11-01 02:37:11 PM  

Antimatter: Di Atribe: xanadian: Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

No, UberDave is right. You can't expect to win a state-wide election with a D next to your name. Too many straight-ticket Republicans. Too many people who think that Democrats are literally out to ruin everything. No critical thinking, no logic. Just "you are the enemy, I am the hero, the end."

As a Texan, I concur. People here are insane when it comes to their view of democrats. A lot of folks will blame anything and everything on them, and vote for the most insane, wacked out republican over any democrat, regardless of qualifications.


Huh, same exact thing here in CA, but the reverse.
 
2012-11-01 02:38:07 PM  
MSNBC just had a Fox moment. They put up a graphic of Team Romney ad spending at 530 Billion.
 
2012-11-01 02:40:49 PM  
That's the sound of a headline falling down the stairs.
 
2012-11-01 02:41:59 PM  

BMulligan: That represents a 53-46 majority for Kerry, because all the population is in the red area. I would have thought that all the people in Houston, DFW, Austin, and San Antonia would be sufficient to at least lead to a competitive environment.


You underestimate the scope of Texas. DFW as an entire metroplex is 6+ million people, but only Dallas county itself is blue, and that accounts for 2.4 million of that bunch, and the county only split 57/42. That's over a million R's in the bluest county in the northeast section of the state.

Texas is also part of the Bible Belt. The number of churches in a 5-mile radius from my house makes my head spin.

It's going to take another decade (maybe 2020) for the minority vote and transplants to flip the state unless you had a Democrat candidate that somehow appealed to all the cowboys.
 
2012-11-01 02:42:13 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: MSNBC just had a Fox moment. They put up a graphic of Team Romney ad spending at 530 Billion.


You know, if his dad was still alive to lend him the money, I might just believe it.
 
2012-11-01 02:46:30 PM  

BMulligan: alwaysjaded: Once you get out of the cities or the land near the border, it's just a sea of red.

But isn't that the way that most states' electoral maps look? Here's my state in 2004 (cherrypicked because it's more extreme than 2008 was, and no, I don't know why red is for Kerry and blue is for Bush):

That represents a 53-46 majority for Kerry, because all the population is in the red area. I would have thought that all the people in Houston, DFW, Austin, and San Antonia would be sufficient to at least lead to a competitive environment.


The thing is, even the urban areas aren't overwhelmingly blue. I live in San Antonio, and while the city (and Bexar county) are blue, it's still Texas.

I used to drive past John Hagee's megachurch on a daily basis. Those people aren't voting Democrat any time soon.
 
2012-11-01 02:47:28 PM  

Antimatter: Di Atribe: xanadian: Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

No, UberDave is right. You can't expect to win a state-wide election with a D next to your name. Too many straight-ticket Republicans. Too many people who think that Democrats are literally out to ruin everything. No critical thinking, no logic. Just "you are the enemy, I am the hero, the end."

As a Texan, I concur. People here are insane when it comes to their view of democrats. A lot of folks will blame anything and everything on them, and vote for the most insane, wacked out republican over any democrat, regardless of qualifications.


Best part is republicans controlling the executive and legislative branch yet somehow democrats are still blamed for anything that happens.
 
2012-11-01 02:48:40 PM  

EighthDay: alwaysjaded: We have a LOT of people from other states moving here lately so maybe we can finally tip the scales but it's going to be a while.

Native New Yorker now living in Texas here. I'll be voting Democrat this year, even if it's a throw-away vote. My wife might be splitting her ticket (I haven't asked, she hasn't volunteered, although I know she supports Obama over Romney, not sure beyond that). So we're doing our part to help!


Great! Hopefully we can get more so we can finally get freaking Perry out of there. I thought White was going to be able to do it but I was wrong.

BMulligan:

That represents a 53-46 majority for Kerry, because all the population is in the red area. I would have thought that all the people in Houston, DFW, Austin, and San Antonia would be sufficient to at least lead to a competitive environment.


Since EighthDay pretty much said what I was going to, I'll just add that there's other cities not on that map like Amarillo, Odessa, Midland, Texarkana, Witchita Falls and others I'm forgetting.
 
2012-11-01 02:48:59 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: MSNBC just had a Fox moment. They put up a graphic of Team Romney ad spending at 530 Billion.


Oh, he must have needed to empty his accounts in the Caymans for that one.
 
2012-11-01 02:50:44 PM  

badaboom: Antimatter: Di Atribe: xanadian: Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

No, UberDave is right. You can't expect to win a state-wide election with a D next to your name. Too many straight-ticket Republicans. Too many people who think that Democrats are literally out to ruin everything. No critical thinking, no logic. Just "you are the enemy, I am the hero, the end."

As a Texan, I concur. People here are insane when it comes to their view of democrats. A lot of folks will blame anything and everything on them, and vote for the most insane, wacked out republican over any democrat, regardless of qualifications.

Huh, same exact thing here in CA, but the reverse.


No the state GOP is batshait insane. Not to mention you still have Republican strongholds like Orange and San Diego counties.
 
2012-11-01 02:51:17 PM  

BMulligan: That represents a 53-46 majority for Kerry, because all the population is in the red area. I would have thought that all the people in Houston, DFW, Austin, and San Antonia would be sufficient to at least lead to a competitive environment.


DFW: 6 million
Harris County (Houston): 4 million
Bexar County (San Antonio): 2 million
Travis County (Austin): 1 million

That's 13 million. Texas population is 25.6 million. So every single person in those counties/statistical areas would have to vote D to be competitive. The other blue counties in the map so generously posted above by alwaysjaded, are mostly sparsely populated outside of maybe McAllen & Corpus Christi.
 
2012-11-01 02:52:21 PM  
You know, it's actually rather shocking how much the partisan landscape can shift within a single generation. For your amusement, let me remind you of the election of 1976:

www.daytodaypolitics.com

Notice the deep-blue South and the solid red West Coast (fun fact: of Washington's 9 EVs at the time, 8 went to Ford while one faithless elector voted for Reagan). And yes, I know that the Democratic nominee in 1976 was from the South, but so was the Democratic nominee in 2000 and we saw how that turned out.

This, too, shall pass.
 
2012-11-01 02:56:09 PM  

BMulligan: You know, it's actually rather shocking how much the partisan landscape can shift within a single generation. For your amusement, let me remind you of the election of 1976:

[www.daytodaypolitics.com image 564x364]

Notice the deep-blue South and the solid red West Coast (fun fact: of Washington's 9 EVs at the time, 8 went to Ford while one faithless elector voted for Reagan). And yes, I know that the Democratic nominee in 1976 was from the South, but so was the Democratic nominee in 2000 and we saw how that turned out.

This, too, shall pass.


As someone who wasn't a curse upon the land until 1985, that map makes my brain hurt.

/and brains don't even have pain receptors!
 
2012-11-01 02:57:26 PM  

Di Atribe: That's 13 million. Texas population is 25.6 million. So every single person in those counties/statistical areas would have to vote D to be competitive.


That's assuming that every single person in the red counties vote R (which, considering that we're talking about rural and suburban Texas, is possible).
 
2012-11-01 02:57:50 PM  

Antimatter: Di Atribe: xanadian: Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

No, UberDave is right. You can't expect to win a state-wide election with a D next to your name. Too many straight-ticket Republicans. Too many people who think that Democrats are literally out to ruin everything. No critical thinking, no logic. Just "you are the enemy, I am the hero, the end."

As a Texan, I concur. People here are insane when it comes to their view of democrats. A lot of folks will blame anything and everything on them, and vote for the most insane, wacked out republican over any democrat, regardless of qualifications.


Pretty much this. I'm from Corpus Christi, South Texas usually goes Dem, mostly because of the immigration policy (had a lot of friends in school who were "anchor babies", their parents were not the monsters that Republicans try to paint them as, good hard working people), and the major cities like DFW, Austin (HUGE liberal city, lotta fun), San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso all go Dem. But you have vast stretches of nothing but small towns around 1000 or so in between that vote solely Republican. I got stuck in Kerrville while I was on leave because of a flat, and while I was sitting in the tire shop I listened to this old woman go on for 30 minutes about how Fox News is the only channel that calls it as it is, how Obama is from Kenya, how if anyone should get an abortion it should have been Obama's mother, how that movie 2016 is an accurate prediction, how Liberals are destroying the world, and she finished with how Big Government should stop supporting low lifes on welfare. Best part? The next sentence out of her mouth was she was going to stop by the Post Office to see if her Social Security check was in.

And its like that all across Texas in every small town. They outnumber the people in the cities, its just how it is. You just can't combat this kind of cognitive dissonance.
 
2012-11-01 02:57:55 PM  

EighthDay: The number of churches in a 5-mile radius from my house makes my head spin.


That's odd. It's almost like there's a correlation between religious activity and voting against your own interests. Almost like a one-to-one relationship between religion and idiocy. Must just be a coincidence. Yeah.
 
2012-11-01 03:01:18 PM  

BMulligan: I would have thought that all the people in Houston, DFW, Austin, and San Antonia would be sufficient to at least lead to a competitive environment.


Texas really is an enormous chunk of territory, and in 2011 population for Texas was 25,674,681. The cities you mentioned only account for 1/5th of the state's population. That leaves 20,125,937 other people spread out in cities and towns throughout the rest of the state who are voting majority Republican. It'd take a massive, boots on the ground, enormously expensive campaign effort to get this entire state to turn purple, much less blue. 

/Lived in Everett, WA for five years. Say hi to a local brewery for me!
 
2012-11-01 03:03:25 PM  

BMulligan: You know, it's actually rather shocking how much the partisan landscape can shift within a single generation. For your amusement, let me remind you of the election of 1976:


Yeah, the Southern Strategy paid off in a big way. A lot of those southern states have not gone Democrat since Carter. Even Clinton couldn't carry the East Coast South except for Georgia.

BMulligan: Di Atribe: That's 13 million. Texas population is 25.6 million. So every single person in those counties/statistical areas would have to vote D to be competitive.

That's assuming that every single person in the red counties vote R (which, considering that we're talking about rural and suburban Texas, is possible).


Obama had a 12 point deficit in 2008. Now, part of that can be attributed to his being black, but a large part is more likely simply that he was the Democrat. Kerry had a 23 point deficit in 2004. Slick Willy only had a 5 point deficit in 1996.

There is the chance that Texas can flip back to Democrat, especially with the growth of the minority population and the continued transplants from bluer states, but it's an uphill climb. Depending on the candidate in 2016, Texas might be competitive, but my bet is that it's more like Pennsylvania than Wisconsin. Potentially flipping, but really unlikely.
 
2012-11-01 03:06:29 PM  
On the other, I have family in VA who got to witness it flipping blue first-hand, so I'm hoping that the same will happen here in Texas for me. I just know it's not going to be for a few more election cycles.
 
2012-11-01 03:07:01 PM  

Superjew: EighthDay: The number of churches in a 5-mile radius from my house makes my head spin.

That's odd. It's almost like there's a correlation between religious activity and voting against your own interests. Almost like a one-to-one relationship between religion and idiocy. Must just be a coincidence. Yeah.


And there's only one solution since they can't be reasoned with. You have to out-breed them.
 
2012-11-01 03:07:33 PM  

Fart_Machine: badaboom: Antimatter: Di Atribe: xanadian: Seems to me that a lot of that fault lies on the DNC and liberal backers. Had Sadler been given more of a war chest, he might actually win this one.

No, UberDave is right. You can't expect to win a state-wide election with a D next to your name. Too many straight-ticket Republicans. Too many people who think that Democrats are literally out to ruin everything. No critical thinking, no logic. Just "you are the enemy, I am the hero, the end."

As a Texan, I concur. People here are insane when it comes to their view of democrats. A lot of folks will blame anything and everything on them, and vote for the most insane, wacked out republican over any democrat, regardless of qualifications.

Huh, same exact thing here in CA, but the reverse.

No the state GOP is batshait insane. Not to mention you still have Republican strongholds like Orange and San Diego counties.


We elected Arnold and the Grinning Fool as Governors. We sent B-1 Bob Dornan to DC.
If you think CA is a homogenous "liberal" state, you are ill-informed.
 
2012-11-01 03:12:53 PM  
You have to realize that the Democrat Party machinery in Texas is in ruins. Have you ever see those photos of Dresden after the firebombing? That's what the Texas Democratic Party looks like after the last 15 years. There is no in state fundraising machinery. There's no GOTV infrastructure. Just all of a sudden throwing money throwing money at it isn't going to accomplish enough to win a state wide election, even if the GOP candidate is flawed. The Texas Democratic Party is going to have to rebuild itself from the ground up involving many years of hard work and many gallons of elbow grease. I'm hoping in the next 6 years Texas does exactly that, and we get to see Julian Castro vs. Cruz in 2018.
 
2012-11-01 03:15:48 PM  

Epoch_Zero: As someone who wasn't a curse upon the land until 1985


By 1985, I was already divorced. It's weird to realize that many, perhaps most, Farkers are younger than some of my friends' kids.
 
2012-11-01 03:17:27 PM  

Epoch_Zero: BMulligan: You know, it's actually rather shocking how much the partisan landscape can shift within a single generation. For your amusement, let me remind you of the election of 1976:

[www.daytodaypolitics.com image 564x364]

Notice the deep-blue South and the solid red West Coast (fun fact: of Washington's 9 EVs at the time, 8 went to Ford while one faithless elector voted for Reagan). And yes, I know that the Democratic nominee in 1976 was from the South, but so was the Democratic nominee in 2000 and we saw how that turned out.

This, too, shall pass.

As someone who wasn't a curse upon the land until 1985, that map makes my brain hurt.

/and brains don't even have pain receptors!


California was reliably Republican in your lifetime! Only from Bill Clinton on has CA been reliably Dem.
 
2012-11-01 03:18:46 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: California was reliably Republican in your lifetime! Only from Bill Clinton on has CA been reliably Dem.


...in national elections.
 
2012-11-01 03:19:11 PM  
As someone who leans slightly Democratic, and who lives in a small town halfway between Houston and Austin, I can confirm that outside of the metropolitan areas and the border that Texans will vote Republican despite any evidence that it is 100% against their best interests.

The decision has been made that God is on the side of the Republicans, and virtually all small-town Texans are god-fearing, so there you go.

I'm very interested to see if the project demographic shift to push Texas to being blue (or at least purple) by the 2020's will actually come to pass.
 
2012-11-01 03:19:51 PM  

InmanRoshi: You have to realize that the Democrat Party machinery in Texas is in ruins. Have you ever see those photos of Dresden after the firebombing? That's what the Texas Democratic Party looks like after the last 15 years. There is no in state fundraising machinery. There's no GOTV infrastructure. Just all of a sudden throwing money throwing money at it isn't going to accomplish enough to win a state wide election, even if the GOP candidate is flawed. The Texas Democratic Party is going to have to rebuild itself from the ground up involving many years of hard work and many gallons of elbow grease. I'm hoping in the next 6 years Texas does exactly that, and we get to see Julian Castro vs. Cruz in 2018.


Forgot to add, if David Plouffe is looking for something to do and wants a new challenge after getting Obama re-elected, he could do a lot worse than coming to Texas and just focusing on building a fundraising, vote registatration and GOTV infrastructure apparatus here. It would be an uphill climb, but there there is potential, and the upside payoff would be a national electoral college advantage that would elect Democratic Presidents decades.
 
2012-11-01 03:24:07 PM  
Cruz was born in Canada, so he can never run for President.

/or can he???
 
2012-11-01 03:26:36 PM  

BMulligan: Di Atribe: That's 13 million. Texas population is 25.6 million. So every single person in those counties/statistical areas would have to vote D to be competitive.

That's assuming that every single person in the red counties vote R (which, considering that we're talking about rural and suburban Texas, is possible).


Right. I know exactly what you're saying. After the 2008 election, I was perusing the election results, as you do, and I noticed my county (Denton) voted 53% straight ticket Republican. I thought it seemed high until I started nosing around other counties. Wichita County was about 85%. Taylor County (Abilene) was closer to 90%. The farther away from those four metro areas I got, the higher the numbers. The number of Democratic straight ticket votes? In the single digits, if there were any at all.

I think that's telling. And I also think that this time around, I will save those numbers because trying to dig up those numbers again has been a real biatch. Ever try to navigate some of these smaller counties' government websites? *shudder* Welcome to 1995, if you're lucky and just forget about accessing information from 4 years ago.
 
2012-11-01 03:35:09 PM  
Live just outside of Houston. There's a LOT of damn people who vote straight party ticket no matter what.
 
2012-11-01 03:59:23 PM  
I live in Texas, and as is my recent custom I voted straight-ticket Democrat. In fact, I voted in District 10 for Sadler and I've pushed people to the polls to do the same.

The stories you hear about Texas are true. I live in Arlington, TX, the largest city in America without public transportation, and the residents are proud of their failure and inadequacy. They're just about ready to finally slide over the school vouchers cliff -- I just don't think Texas is a good place to raise children, if you've got the freedom to choose.
 
2012-11-01 04:07:56 PM  
I grew up between Waco and Austin, and will be home for Thanksgiving. No matter which way the election goes, I'll have adequate opportunity to quote my grandmother (who, in fact, was a Republican before being a Texas Republican was cool):

"A lady doesn't talk about religion, money, politics or sex."

I'm looking forward to a bit more variety on the map, but even a maroon Texas is a ways off. It will happen, though, and my people know it to the degree that they're cheering on every measure taken to stave off the day that Hispanic Texans have political power equivalent to their share of the population and put it to use.
 
2012-11-01 04:38:20 PM  

jesdynf: The stories you hear about Texas are true. I live in Arlington, TX, the largest city in America without public transportation, and the residents are proud of their failure and inadequacy. They're just about ready to finally slide over the school vouchers cliff -- I just don't think Texas is a good place to raise children, if you've got the freedom to choose.


This. Even living in somewhat tolerable Austin, we've decided we will be moving the fark out of Texas before we have children. I will not raise children in a state where 600 school districts have to sue the state because the DERPY politicians refuse to fund schools well enough to provide a Constitutionally mandated adequate public education. 

I've lived in Texas all 37 years of my existence. It didn't always used to be this bad. I'm not exactly sure when it happened, or how it got so bad so quickly. Some weird perfect storm of new age mega-church evangelical protestantism and AM Talk Radio political propaganda firehosing combined with the Texans natural inclination of tribalism and braggadocio has created a really ugly festering infetion of the ugliest parts of identity politics.
 
2012-11-01 04:49:07 PM  
I think I have an easy solution.

No button for straight ticket voting. Make each person select each candidate they want. If they want to go down the list and hit R, D, L or G ...let 'em. Just don't make it easy. Democracy requires a little bit of effort.
 
2012-11-01 05:11:56 PM  
Having just done the early voting, I note that the retarded "straight ticked vote" option at the beginning is still there. Kind of farking stupid given that a lot of races don't have one of the major party candidates, in the Austin area many posts are Dem vs. Green and in the greater region many are Republican vs. Libertarian. A straight ticket vote leaves something like 1/3 of the ballot for my county blank.

Though, maybe if you click straight ticket for either party it just quietly deletes your vote and tells you you're done. That would be a pretty good idea, actually.
 
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