Ralph Benko

The political stakes could hardly be higher.

Latinos, who have leaned Democratic, demographically are surging in Texas. And if the Democrats can turn Texas blue (or even purple) they would have a huge leg up at winning control of the executive branch of the U.S. government in future presidential elections. By achieving sufficient Democratic preeminence in Texas progressives could turn the White House blue.  And they know it.

As the Democratic Party’s George Washington Plunkitt of Tammany Hall once famously said, “I seen my opportunities and I took ‘em.”  So, too, are Plunkitt’s Democratic Party successors taking their opportunity … announcing a full court press in Texas.

But something unexpected is happening. The more Latino Texas gets the more Republican it is trending. Latinos are making themselves right at home in a welcoming GOP. Red, not blue, is winning.

This is not happening by accident.

The Democrats are throwing some of their best people at this potential opening. The assault is led by their modern version of Santa Anna, the elite Democratic field operative Jeremy Bird — Obama’s 2012 national field director. Bird is the Senior Advisor to the Democrats’ front line assault squad Battleground Texas. BGT’s executive director, Jenn Brown, was Ohio field director for Obama 2012.  These are among the best operatives the Democrats have.

The Republicans’ modern version of General Sam Houston, Republican State Party Chairman Steve Munisteri, is orchestrating the GOP counter-insurgency. Munisteri is a nationally recognized conservative and world class political strategist. He brought the Texas GOP back from insolvency and marginality to become the dominant political force in Texas.

The more the GOP follows the Munisteri blueprint the stronger it grows. Jeremy Bird trash talks, “If I were them, I would be scared.” Yet the Democratic assault on the Texas GOP appears, in the Nietzschean “What doesn’t destroy me makes me stronger” way, to be invigorating the Republicans.

Why does this skirmish matter to the rest of America? Because much of what you, dear Reader, hold dear depends on the outcome.


Ralph Benko

Ralph Benko, author of The Websters’ Dictionary: How to use the Web to transform the world. He serves as an advisor to and editor of the Lehrman Institute's thegoldstandardnow.org and senior advisor to the American Principles Project.
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