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May 28 2014

Tuesday In Texas

Tuesday in Texas, the Tea Party proved that like Mark Twain, reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Tea Party-backed conservatives won big over Establishment Republicans in the Texas GOP primary runoffs, racking up nearly 2-1 margins in the Attorney General’s race (where Ken Paxton, whom I endorsed, beat Dan Branch,) and the Lieutenant Governor’s race (where Dan Patrick, whom I endorsed, trounced David Dewhurst.) Some of the issues that resonated with Texas voters included tougher enforcement of immigration laws – or enforcing them at all – and keeping Obamacare out of Texas. A few candidates also shot themselves in the foot by running incredibly nasty negative ads, only to see them backfire. It’s heartening that sleazy, unfounded attack ads are starting to repulse voters who see the perilous road America is one and who want someone serious in charge for a change.

As to whether the Texas landslides represent a resurgence of the Tea Party and conservatism in general, or just an isolated stronghold, we’ll find out next Tuesday when eight more states hold primaries.

There was another factor at work in Texas’ 4th Congressional District runoff. After 18 terms in office, Ralph Hall became the first incumbent to lose to a primary challenger this year. The winner, former US attorney John Radcliffe, questioned whether Hall, the oldest member of Congress at 91, was fit for another term. A lot of people thought he was: he had the endorsement of the NRA, Ron Paul and a number of Republicans, including (full disclosure) me. But voters decided it was time for new blood, and in that solidly Republican district, Radcliffe won’t even have to face a Democrat in November. Rep. Hall took his loss gracefully, wishing Radcliffe well and telling reporters, “I just got whipped and I got beat and my folks are sad. But they know I’m not sad. I’m pleased to have had the opportunity.”

But Hall’s departure means more than just the end of a long political career. With Democrat John Dingell retiring and Hall defeated, next year will bring the first Congress in over half a century to contain no World War II veterans. The Greatest Generation that did so much for the world and for America is fading into history, as Baby Boomers and Gen X and Y’ers assume the reins of power. Let’s hope that in between all their rebelling, they absorbed even a fraction of the wisdom of their parents and grandparents, and some of their appreciation for what makes America the great and exceptional nation that it is. Maybe once they are completely responsible for preserving this nation and all it represents for their own children and grandchildren, they’ll finally be able to see the entire precious jewel instead of only the tiny flaws.

Comments 1-5 of 7

  • Don Thomas

    07/18/2014 09:00 PM

    I'm wondering why we don't do something like the "great wall of China" or even the "Berlin Wall"(although the berlin wall was meant to keep people IN}. Why reinvent the wheel? Can't we build something more effective? Why not have people coming across our border build something to deter their friends from crossing our borders? Just a radical but possibly sane alternative to whats going on right now.

  • e rokusek

    06/21/2014 08:52 PM

    Short. So evident that the next stragity for 2016 is the immigrant and female vote to put Hillary over the top....Obama....Black and minority votes, what a coincidence. Please mention this tid bit that people miss.

  • Jimmy D Schottel

    06/21/2014 08:36 PM

    If we want a return to representative government, we have to get our representatives out of Washington. No reason with today's technology that they could not conduct all business via a secure internet and thereby be subject daily to those they are supposed to represent instead of Party Bosses, Government Employees, and Lobbyists. Maybe the way to get this would be to require that Representatives have to actually reside in their District for a large percentage of the time to run for election.

  • patti stratton

    06/17/2014 09:04 PM

    I, too, haven't received any podcasts since May 20! I have recently heard your new report at 11:00 a.m. on Chicago WLS radio, but miss the podcasts. Glad I signed up for your email newsletter, which helps, but I love your podcasts when I'm on the go! HELP! Please explain why podcasts are not downloading! Thanks!

  • patti stratton

    06/17/2014 07:29 PM

    I, too, haven't received any podcasts since May 20! I have recently heard your new report at 11:00 a.m. on Chicago WLS radio, but miss the podcasts. Glad I signed up for your email newsletter, which helps, but I love your podcasts when I'm on the go! HELP! Please explain why podcasts are not downloading! Thanks!