Rejected Letter to the Editor, Houston Chronicle

To the Editor,

In a February 26th article, “Today’s the day: Democrats launch ‘Battleground Texas’ project to end GOP dominance,” this Newspaper forgot to inquire about one perplexity of the new project among Texas Democrats: the lack of feasible candidates for office. Indeed, even if the Texas Democratic Party receives coveted funds and organizational skills from national institutions, it will not help the state party’s dreadful inability to attract and recruit an abundance of strong candidates for statewide or otherwise higher office.

Battleground Texas does not mention any specific dates on its website for the foreseen Democratic victories at the statewide level. However, if they wish to make the 2014 statewide elections competitive, they have been woefully unsuccessful thus far in finding suitable candidates to challenge Governor Perry, among others. Other incumbents such as Greg Abbott, and political newcomers such as George P. Bush, will not be easy opponents for even a well-funded Texas Democratic Party, as long as Texas Democrats are not presenting viable alternative candidates.

Why has this Newspaper not questioned the feasibility of this project, given the current lack of Democratic candidates capable of winning elections? While it is true that state fundamentals are becoming increasingly friendly to Democrats, as we have seen in recent polling which shows Governor Perry losing in a theoretical matchup against former Democratic candidate Bill White, such gains will be squandered if poor Democratic candidates are chosen which, unfortunately, looks to be the case leading into the 2014 elections.

Thank You,

N.M. Horwitz
Boston, Massachusetts

4 thoughts on “Rejected Letter to the Editor, Houston Chronicle

  1. Very good. I agree.

  2. OK, point noted. But let’s get something straight. Running for office is a full-time job, and those Democrats who dedicate the year or so it takes are courageous and inspiring. The trouble is, there’s just not enough of them. And when they run, they have difficulty raising money under the current legalized bribery scheme we call campaign finance. You have to have influence to peddle to large donors. Finally, on election day, 51% of the eligible adults don’t vote. The same old tired electorate of aging caucasians breaks 60-40 for the Rs, and we get three plus consecutive terms of Rick Perry, and now Senator Ted “McCarthy Jr.” Cruz.

    If Battleground Texas can raise funds and begins to function as planned, there will be plenty of time to inquire about strategy. But it has to start somewhere. Neighbors need to talk to each other, point out the insanity, and begin to feel like their actions (and their vote) matter. Once a critical mass is achieved, the candidates will run, the donors will commit, and voters will show up. The politics in this state has settled at the bottom of a bowl of despair. It is going to take a multiyear effort to push that rock up the hill. BT represents an infusion of out-of-state money and organization with a track record of getting low-propensity voters to turn out. That could be just the help we need to create political change in Texas, but only if all of us come together and rally around the cause. And remain focused even if we continue losing for another cycle or three.

  3. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for the influx of money and resources into the state. I also really liked some of the Texas Dems’ candidates last year, specifically Sadler and Hampton. The problem is that, there were seven other statewide races last night, and Democrats only bothered to contest two of them. I agree that there is a money problem and an organization problem, but, deep down and not the fault of any one leader or organization, the Texas Democrats have a people problem and an enthusiasm problem. Until that is fixed, the party isn’t going anywhere…

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