The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports on a pet peeve of mine, the smug complacency of many within the ranks of Texas Democrats who are so satisfied with an abstract notion of future victory that they ignore the present. Specifically, by ignoring the need to actually run candidates for office.
The opinion article, penned by Bud Kennedy, notes that despite having a denizen of Tarrant County (Wendy Davis) at the top of the Democratic ticket, Democrats have not followed suit to make the country competitive in next year’s election. This, despite the fact that the party and outreach organizations such as Battleground Texas keep talking about how invaluable the county hosting Fort Worth will be in order for Democrats, not only to win, but to also simply make elections competitive. Not a single Democrat has signed up to run for ANY county offices, at least according to Kennedy’s column and the Tarrant County Democratic Party’s website.
While Democrats have broken through and completely taken over Dallas County, El Paso County and Travis County, as well as turned both Bexar County and Harris County into very competitive, swing districts, Tarrant County has hosted a consecutive streak of Republican victories since 1994 (much like the Statewide GOP). With the county’s demographics becoming more and more competitive, optimistic Democrats have pointed to it as an example for future Democratic victory.