I know it's not like this in other states (right?) but the tea party in Texas is truly bitchy, orn'ry, nasty, and wholly unrespectable. And increasingly disliked by other Republicans.... who are disdaining Texas' tea party candidate for the Senate and switching their financial support to the (moderate, sensible) Democrat.
That news came in this morning from a Democratic county chair, a friend, who's been watching the $$ flow in.
The rest of the news about Texas' gradual drift back left is a little more complicated and delicious -- not for Dems as much as for people who'd like to see the tea party drown in its own poisonous cup. Bottom line? If Romney wins, the tea party dies in Texas.
Harvey Kronberg is Texas' master political analyst. He was interviewed yesterday about the blue-ing of Texas. So what's gone wrong with the tea party in Texas?
Well, says Kronberg, they've been fighting dirty. I won't go into Kronberg's focus on the local picture, but the prospective demise of the tea party involves their support for Rick Perry and their subsequent withdrawal of support for Rick Perry. The bottom line is if Romney wins, the Texas tea party will deflate -- and few will be sorry to see them go. Why? Because what keeps them in business is its out-and-out hatred for Obama. The partyers don't have anything else going for them and a lot of people here who detest them. Once Obama is gone, their support fizzles.
And, if you think about it, even though we hope Obama will stay on for four more years, he isn't going to be around in 2016 as a candidate. Wouldn't you suppose that if the tea party doesn't fade before then for one reason or another, it'll be outta here by 2017? One can but hope.
To illustrate Kronberg's description of the tea party's hold on the right in Texas, I should go out and take a photo of my neighbor's cattle gate. It has a modest dark-blue-and-white "Romney and Ryan" sign that's almost obliterated by a big red-and-white sign reading "STOP OBAMA."