Wed Jul 3, 2013, 06:46 PM
n2doc (43,589 posts)
The Koch Brothers' FreedomWorks PAC Lays Plans to Keep Texas Red
By Patrick Williams Wed., Jul. 3 2013 at 11:16 AM
We'd basically forgotten about Battleground Texas, that voter-registration effort by former Obama campaigners trying to turn the state blue. Despair will do funny things to the brain, and despite all the talk of shifting demographics this and majority-minority that, we don't see Texas becoming a people's republic anytime in the next 30 centuries.
"But what about Senator Wendy Davis' filibuster over abortion rights and the thousands of people at the grrl power rallies in Austin?" you ask, lacing up your new pink Mizunos. Well sure, that was nice, but call us when the Legislature's vote is in. If there are more than four abortion clinics left when this is finished, maybe we'll celebrate.
In Texas, progressives hold rallies. Conservatives hold power. And unless you really like clever T-shirts and yelling, power is better.
Still, hope lives on like a tiny mustard seed, ready to sprout at the oddest times. So when Politico revealed last week that FreedomWorks, the conservative, Koch Bros.-founded, Tea Party-bankrolling PAC, was preparing to spend $8 million to counter Battleground Texas, we found the news cheering. If FreedomWorks thinks it needs to spend its money in Texas of all places, maybe Battleground Texas is doing something right after all.
Also delightful, in a schadenfreude-y kinda way: Eight million bucks is roughly what FreedomWorks reportedly paid former Texas representative and conservative stalwart Dick Armey in going-away money during a highly publicized bit of infighting last year. Plus, the name of FreedomWorks' project is "Come and Take It," a slogan borrowed from Texas' split from Mexico. One imagines hearing angry white conservative Texans say "come and take it" will do wonders for the GOP's Latino voter outreach. "Hey, immigrant! Come and take it! Our campaign literature, we mean."
Dems are going to have to rip power out of their cold claws.
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Wed Jul 3, 2013, 07:06 PM
oogiecatt (16 posts)
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Battleground Texas was present in Austin this past week, glad they are making enough waves that the 'Brothers' think they need to be silenced. The husband and I just became deputized for voter registration yesterday and will be part of the grass roots that work to bring TX back to blue. BTW, if you know of anyone that can donate $8 million to turn Texas blue, please don't keep it to yourself.