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Texas Dems Clamor for Their Precious Beto to Run Back Home

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

There’s a senate race in Texas, and the Democrats have no viable candidates. – Texas Dems floated Wendy Davis’s name as a potential challenger to incumbent Senator John Cornyn back in March, and boy did that one come up a crapper. No one, it seems, not even the ghouls at the Texas chapter of Planned Parenthood, want to return to the days of “Abortion Barbie.”

But what are the Democrats to do? Who are they going to field as an alternative to Davis who might scratch the 40% mark against Cornyn? San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro – the twin brother of presidential hopeful Julian Castro – was approached, but he knows a losing proposition when he sees one. The Dems could try to run the former Dallas Sheriff who ran for governor last year, but hey, everyone’s already forgotten her name, me included. So that’s not a likely winner. You might think that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner would make a strong challenger to Cornyn, but right now it’s looking like he’s going to have a tough time just getting re-elected to his current job this coming November.

So, what are the Texas Democrats to do? They have to run somebody in the race, don’t they? Well, sure they do, and that’s why their eyes have more recently turned back to their heartthrob from El Paso, Irish Bob O’Rourke.

Hey, they’re thinking, you’re sitting there at about 3% in the Democratic presidential horse race right now, your campaign has become a national joke even among many Democrats, the fawning fake reporters who all wanted to be your girl- or boyfriend last fall are now all making goo-goo eyes at the mayor of a mid-size town in Indiana, and your chances of making a comeback on that national stage are roughly the same chance Benny Hill has of becoming the next James Bond. So, here’s an idea – why not come back to Texas and redeem yourself for that loss to Ted Cruz last fall?

Sounds like a peachy idea, right? Sure, it does. Let our precious Beto return triumphantly to Texas and…er…ok, well, he’s sort of have to just skulk on back to Texas with his tail between his legs, but still. Texas is where his home is, where his heart is, kind of, if you ignore the fact that he has taken positions that would destroy the state’s economy by killing the oil and gas industry, take away all of our guns, and open the southern border even more than it already is to the human-and-drug-smuggling that is causing so much misery here.

With friends like Beto, Texans need no enemies.

But, boy, do Texas Democrats want him back, regardless. When Quinnipiac polled them in early June on the subject, fully 60% of them said they want Irish Bob to challenge Cornyn while just 27% said they want him to continue his joke of a presidential bid. Texas Democrats, it seems, do love their political jokes, but they just want them to run for lower offices.

So, come on home, Irish Bob. Come back to Texas where all the fake reporters at the Austin American-Statesman and Texas Tribune can fall madly in love with you again. And fall in love again they will, since you would be running against a detested Republican instead of a bunch of fellow Democrats.

You’ve made an ass of yourself on the national stage long enough; come back to Texas where you will be praised by all the local news outlets for making an ass of yourself at home. All that Hollywood money that you’ve been unable to collect for your presidential campaign is just itching to pour back into a senate race here.

This is what Texas Democrats are imagining, anyway.

To Texas Dems, O’Rourke is like the home town favorite son who rejects their pleas to stay home and make their town a better place, choosing instead to move off to the big city to make his fortune there. Now that he’s failed in that quest, they’re wanting him to come back home to recapture that magic.

The problem with such returns is that, in real life, they seldom work out too well. By the time the favorite son returns home, everyone back home has heard about his big city failures and his former glow has lost its luster. To make matters worse, a whole new crop of other favorite sons have graduated from the local high school and some of them have decided not to leave.

There is no doubt that Irish Bob O’Rourke captured a sort of political magic that we seldom witness in his race against Cruz last year. But his was a flash-in-the-pan sort of magic that dissipates as quickly as it was conjured up, and is almost never recaptured once it’s gone.

Texas Democrats are clamoring for their precious Beto to come back home right now, but are likely to end up being extremely disappointed in the results should he decide to do so.

That is all.

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Texas Dems’ Backup Plan for Challenging John Cornyn is Hilarious

The Afternoon Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Say it ain’t so, Mikey! – Y’all, Mike Bloomberg is not running for president. Counseling sessions for all 12 of you devastated fans will begin at 10:00 tomorrow.

One of the most entertaining aspects of this Democrat race for the loser’s ring thus far has been watching how our fake news media considers it to be big “news” when a billionaire like Bloomberg or Tom Steyer makes his inevitable announcement that he’s not really going run, not at all.

Why is this news? This is the fourth time we’ve been through this breathless ‘Is he in? Is he out?’ nonsense with the former New York City Mayor. He’s played the same game in every election cycle since 2008. That he was going to end up not running was pretty much a certainty. The only semi-mystery was how he would communicate the “news.” This time, he made his announcement by publishing an “op/ed” in …wait for it….BLOOMBERG, the media outlet that carries his name because he owns it.

In what all the social justice warriors would no doubt call an op/ed of white privilege, he said this, in part:

“Should I devote the next two years to talking about my ideas and record, knowing that I might never win the Democratic nomination? Or should I spend the next two years doubling down on the work that I am already leading and funding and that I know can produce real and beneficial results for the country, right now? I’ve come to realize that I’m less interested in talking than doing.”

Translated into plain English, he knew he couldn’t win, so he decided to just go and blow half a billion of his personal fortune supporting other socialist candidates who call themselves Democrats.

That’s all fine, but can we please quit pretending it’s “news”? Because it isn’t. Not at all.

A bit of real, actual news is that former Attorney General Eric Holder also announced on Tuesday that he not running in 2020. That is actual news because, unlike with Bloomberg, there was valid reason to believe Holder would make a run, given that he has spent the last two years making speeches in key primary states like New Hampshire and Iowa, and seemingly making other preparations necessary to mount a real campaign.

The utterly-corrupt Holder, who, as Attorney General illegally ran guns to Mexican drug cartels and otherwise proudly served as Barack Obama’s “wingman,” made his announcement late Monday night on Stephen Colbert’s show where he knew he wouldn’t be asked any tough questions. Because being curiosity-free zones for Democrat politicians is what all the late night talk shows have become over the last two years.

Here is how bankrupt for talent the Texas Democrat Party truly is. – They’re thinking about putting Wendy Davis up against incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn when he runs for re-election in 2020.

Yes, that Wendy Davis, the Wendy Davis who was, with the help and funding of a bunch of Obama minions, going to “turn Texas blue” back in 2014 in her race against Greg Abbott for the state’s governorship. She was such an unmitigated disaster in that campaign that she ended up pulling just 39% of the vote, crushed by a 20% margin. Even poor, under-funded Lupe Valdez, who the Texas Democrat Party basically abandoned amid their attack of Beto fever last year, made a much better showing than Ms. Davis did, ultimately cutting Abbott’s winning margin to just 12%.

Nevertheless, should San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro ultimately decide not to challenge Cornyn, Wendy, not Lupe, is the Democrats’ backup plan.

My goodness.  You seriously cannot make this stuff up.

Determining an order of succession became necessary last week when media darling Irish Bob O’Rourke finally made up his very strange mind to pass on challenging Cornyn for his seat. That made perfect sense. When you think it through, the ultra-leftist Beto has a far better chance of becoming the Democrat presidential nominee than he does of winning a statewide race in Texas, where no Democrat has prevailed in such a race for a full quarter-century now.

Those who disagree with that assertion by pointing to O’Rourke’s close, 3-point loss to Ted Cruz are missing the boat here. Cruz is as controversial in Texas as he is in Washington, and there are plenty of Texas Republicans who simply won’t vote for him under any circumstances.  That, combined with Irish Bob’s $50 million spending advantage in the race, is why that race was far more competitive than any other Texas statewide contest.

No Democrat is going to have that advantage vs. Cornyn, and Big John is about a controversial in Texas as the average Rio Grande Valley cantaloupe. Despite Texas’s shifting demographics, the race against Cornyn is a double-digit deal from start to finish, and Castro would be well-advised to skip it himself and hold onto that seat in congress until he can run against Cruz when he’s up again in 2024. By then, demographics will have presumably shifted even further, Beto fever will have run its course, and Castro will be the party’s best option in a race against Cruz.

Should Castro make the smart decision here, that would leave the Democrats in the lurch in the big race on the Texas ballot in 2020. If Wendy Davis is really the party’s backup plan, they are well and truly screwed.

That is all.

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The Assisted Living Center Congress

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • A few weeks ago, Politico quoted an unnamed DC-based Democrat consultant who described the Party’s congressional leadership as “an assisted living center.”  Now, having reached the age of enjoying movie theater discounts a few years ago myself, far be it from me to speak ill of the aging.  Well, ok, I actually do it all the time when it comes to congress, so nevermind all that.  Congressional leaders are pretty much like the population of an assisted living center, and it isn’t limited to the Democrats.
  • Here’s what I’ve seen this morning as I scan the Internet and watch TV news to catch up on what’s happening:
    • Arizona Sen. John McCain just had intra-cranial surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye, and is now home recuperating.  McCain’s surgery is being cited by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a reason why he has now decided to delay a vote on the Senate GOP version of medical insurance reform by at least a week.  McCain is 80 years old, McConnell is 75.
    • Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly mulling over a decision whether or not to challenge California Sen. Dianne Feinstein when she runs for re-election next year.  Jenner is well-known to be a Republican, and has long expressed interest in political matters.  Sen. Feinstein has served in the Senate since 1992, and is 84 years old.  Jenner is a comparative spring chicken at age 67.
    • Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-TX, has somehow figured out that ObamaCare is a partisan issue (something most Americans figured out in 2009), telling “Meet The Press” on Sunday that “Unfortunately, this has become a partisan issue, and our Democratic friends are refusing to lift a finger to help the very constituents who are being hurt.”  Yes, folks, Sen. Cornyn still labors under the illusion that Senate Democrats who have been at absolute, overt war with the GOP and the American people for half a century are his “friends.”  Sen. Cornyn has only this year qualified for Medicare – age 65 – but will never have to suffer under its restrictions and bureaucratic roadblocks since members of congress have long exempted themselves from such inconveniences.
    • Nominal Republican Senator Susan Collins outright adopted Democrat talking points in a Sunday appearance on CNN, telling the fake host there that “This bill would impose fundamental, sweeping changes in the Medicaid program.  Those (changes) include very deep cuts that would affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including disabled children, poor seniors. It would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes.”  As a reward for her service, Sen. Collins – age 64 – was called up to the stage at a concert featuring Cyndi Lauper, who hailed Collins as “my hero.”  *sigh*
  • This parade of the addled, the lame and the simply ineffective and dim could go on and on, but here’s the point:  Congress is in the process of deciding what the nation’s health insurance system – and therefore, the nation’s health delivery system – will look like for coming generations.  This is unfortunately a federal intervention into 1/6th of the U.S. economy that the leaders of both political parties agree needs to happen.  The Democrats accomplished the initial takeover in 2010 without a single Republican vote, and the Republicans appear to be limping towards making some sort of “reform” to the government-mandated system without receiving a single Democrat vote.
  • There are many huge problems with this process, but it seems to me that the single biggest part of it is that every person in leadership of both parties who making these decisions for future generations is old enough to be retired – and most should have long ago been forcibly retired by the voters – and all are exempt for life from suffering the inevitable bad consequences of these decisions.
  • That Democrat consultant’s comment about an “assisted living center” was funny because it was perceived as being largely true.  But the truth, of course, is that none of these senior citizens in congressional leadership will ever have to spend a day in such a facility.  They will all retire wealthy (many of them mysteriously so) and live their final days in gated communities or estates surrounded by high walls and security guards to protect them from the rabble who must endure the effects of their decisions.
  • This is the worst possible way to make such policy, and the worst possible class of individuals to lead such an effort.  But here we are.

Just another day in assisted living center America.

That is all.

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