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Texas is blue-ming

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Previously I posted a quickie that's worth a read: Three things that Texas needs to become a blue state (betcha Rick Perry can only name 2 of them). Here's the sequel.

Dear Democrats,

One word of advice: Persistence.

Love,

Laffy

Via the Los Angeles Times:

But after a generation's worth of Democratic failure, many are convinced the state is on the cusp of competitiveness, thanks to the rapid growth of Texas' minority population, especially Latinos, and a slow rebuilding of the party from the ground level — city, county, legislative offices — up.

"It's inevitable," said Matt Angle, a Democratic consultant [...]

Among those drawn by the prospect are some of the data-driven strategists of President Obama's campaigns, whose targeting and mobilization boosted black and Latino turnout and twice helped win such battlegrounds as Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada. They have dispatched field teams throughout the state, hoping to apply their organizing techniques to Texas, where millions of eligible minority voters have either failed to register or haven't bothered voting.

Three other words of advice: Turnout, turnout, turnout.

Bluing up Texas will take years, of course, but it didn't hurt to have the wonderful State Senator Wendy Davis filibuster the GOP's egregious proposals intruding upon women's privacy, bodies, and reproductive rights. She was the right kind of person who brought the right kind of attention to the wrong kind of legislation.

The Asian American population, though much smaller than that for whites or Latinos, is growing even faster.

If these citizens, many of them new voters, are registered and cast ballotstwo big ifs — Democrats are convinced they will transform Texas politics.

Of course, Republican-run states have made it tougher to register and cast ballots. Want to vote? Democrats need not apply.

Steve Munisteri, the Democratic party's state chairman, said, "No one's going to vote for you if they think you don't like them, even if they agree with you." And the GOP has made it crystal clear that they don't like people who don't look, sound, and think exactly as they do. Or who have vaginas.

Unfortunately, Democrats don't have anyone exciting "on the bench," meaning, few, if any, viable statewide candidates. We hear a lot about San Antonio's mayor Julian Castro and his twin brother, Joaquin, a congress member who pops up on the Tee Vee Machine a lot these days. However, neither seem interested in running for higher office, per the Times.

And then there's Wendy Davis, who hasn't ruled out a run for governor. She also hasn't ruled out the extreme difficulty of such an undertaking.

As I've written over and over again, and as the Times confirms, building Democratic strength by getting candidates into office from the bottom up (school boards, city councils, etc.) is the way to go. Meanwhile, Texas is and will turn bluer. But it won't happen quickly or easily.

Persistence.

Turnout.

Please.

chart texas blue gop v dem

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Video- O'Reilly 'Asian People Aren't Liberal By Nature' Because 'They're Usually More Industrious And Hard Working'

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Via.

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After more than a decade of increases, there is now a "clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration"

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Blame Obama:

(AP) -- New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. dropped to an estimated 11.1 million last year from a peak of 12 million in 2007, part of an overall waning of Hispanic immigration. For the first time since 1910, Hispanic immigration last year was topped by immigrants from Asia.

Now what? Will Republicans go on a new irrational rampage, this time targeting Asians? But back to those pesky facts...

Demographers say illegal immigration is not expected to reach its mid-2000s peak again due to a weakened U.S. economy, tougher enforcement, and an aging Mexican population.

Tougher enforcement? From that French gay Kenyan Marxist weakling Obama? There must be some mistake!

But no, no mistake. Actually, about half of all states had lower numbers-- or no change at all-- of foreign-born Hispanics. This includes California, New York, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, the "big immigrant states" that usually see increases.

So to recap: The peak was during the Bush years, the drop came during Obama's time in office. Just sayin'.

And to all those white Americans who feel unreasonably threatened by the mere thought of becoming a minority themselves, you can postpone your angst:

The immigration shift may have an impact on the future racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S., pushing back official government estimates as to when whites will no longer be a majority in the country.

Boy howdy, did the conservative, paler-skinned among us just breathe a deep sigh of relief.

But of those who are already here and who voted, approximately 73 percent of Asian-Americans cast their ballot for President Obama, as did 93 percent of African-Americans and about 71 percent of Latinos.

Let the pandering resume.

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The poor favor Democrats, minorities do better under Dem administrations than Republican ones

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Professor of political science and author Zoltan Hajnal and political science doctoral student Jeremy D. Horowitz wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times that is chock full o' common sense conclusions.

They explain why, without question, minorities do better under Democratic administrations than under Republicans, and it's all backed up by raw data. Facts are facts, Republicans, no matter how you try to ignore or bend them.

Nor does it matter how many times Mitt Romney (who famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino”) whispers to his donors at secret meetings how President Santa Obama handed out free gifts to all you not-white, not-wealthy, "illegal" people. There's a reason (or 12) why BigBucks McWrongerson lost the election, and it had nothing to do with socialist, Marxist, Kenyan handouts:

The data we analyzed show unequivocally that minorities fare better under Democratic administrations than under Republican ones. [...]

Under Democratic presidents, the incomes of black families grew by an average of $895 a year, but only by $142 a year under Republicans. Across 26 years of Democratic leadership, unemployment among blacks declined by 7.9%; under 28 years of Republican presidencies, the rate increased by a net of 13.7%. Similarly, the black poverty rate fell by 23.6% under Democratic presidents and rose by 3% under Republicans.

The results for Latinos and Asians, though based on fewer years of data, show the same pattern. [...]

More important, these gains do not come at the expense of whites... These numbers show that economic condition need not be a zero-sum game pitting races and ethnicities against one another.

This also can't be rationalized by asserting that Democrats just happen to be in power when things are looking up, or because of the fiscal policies of Republicans who preceded them.

Additionally, the longer Democratic administrations are in office, the more minorities experience economic gains, but the opposite is true under Republican presidents. The authors attribute this to education, economic, and immigration policy differences between the two parties that benefit minorities, whose population numbers are growing... one more fact that scares the pants of the GOP.

Please read the whole piece for specifics. In fact, that might be a particularly wise thing for Republicans to do.

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Chart- The Racial Makeup Of Obama, Romney Presidential Coalitions

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More breakdown and analysis here, but the chart speaks volumes about the faces we saw on the t.v. machine the psst few weeks.

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Grover Norquist thinks this is funny. Do you?

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Here's what Grover Norquist tweeted a few hours ago:

What a laugh riot Mr. You Better Sign My No Taxes Pledge Or Else is. And how impressive that he found one more way to offend even more people.

Via SFGate's PoliticsBlog:

By Grover's math, that was funny around 1964, when Grover was in third grade. He grew up in Weston, MA, a wealthy community that currently is about 90 percent white and 6 percent Asian.

This is the all powerful guru that the GOPutzes fear and revere. Speaks volumes, doesn't it?

Added: "3nd"? I just noticed that.

H/t: @jazzcattrio

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VIDEO ADDED- Angle to Hispanic children: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me”

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Jon Ralston has the details. Here is part of the quote:

I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me...  [Note: it's the Hispanic Student Union. The whole room is Hispanic teenagers.] [...] I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly."

Sharron Angle is Asian? I want to see her birth certificate.

The Nevada election should not be a toss-up.

H/t: 42bkdodgr

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