posted on July 18, 2013 14:05
Because it’s about a big electoral prize that Democrats dream about – and because it has some salience to North Carolina – this long article in Texas Monthly is worth a read for Democrats. (Sorry, Republicans, it’s banned for you.)
The article addresses this proposition: “Democrats once ruled Texas. Then came five decades of steady decline. Can Wendy Davis, the Castro brothers, and Team Obama’s vaunted field operation return their party to power? And if they can’t, can anyone?”
North Carolina Democrats start in a far stronger position than Texas Democrats. They’ve won here. President Obama won here. But, still, what will it take to take back the Governor’s Office and the legislature?
One interesting fact: Texas is the only state bigger than North Carolina that Mitt Romney won. In other words, populous states go Democratic, and less-populous states go Republican. Which explains why Democrats have an edge in the White House and Republicans, in the U.S. Senate.
Not to spoil it, but the last line of the article is worth sharing: “Perhaps what Democrats in Texas need most desperately is not a winner but simply a fighter. Winning comes later.”