Diary

Not Much Of A Big Tent For Texas Dems

Left out of the election coverage from earlier this week over in Texas is the fact that a Democrat with grassroots support and the ability to bring new voters into the electoral process has won the party’s nomination in a district previously thought to be in play. But what looked like an opportunity to fight a battle against a Republican who won just 53 percent of the vote in the 2008 general election now seems like a runaway. The Democrats aren’t going to stand behind Kesha Rogers, who won 53 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s 22nd district (outside of Houston) primary – things are so bad between the party and its nominee, in fact, that a spokesperson for the Texas Democrats, Kirsten Gray, said she’s not a true Democrat and “I guarantee her campaign will not receive a single dollar from anyone on our staff.”

Gray’s rather impolite and certainly non-inclusive statements don’t represent much of a big-tent mentality. After all, we’re constantly regaled with admonishments about how the Republican Party needs to broaden its membership; one assumes the Democrats should do the same.

That Rogers happens to be African-American doesn’t factor into her exclusion. Rather, she’s being shunned because she comes from the Lyndon LaRouche camp and ran a primary campaign on impeaching President Obama and in so doing prosecute a war against the British Empire.

OK, she’s a nut. But so what? Being a lunatic or a moron has never been a disqualifier for nomination or even election as a Democrat, particularly in Congress. How else did Alan Grayson, Pete Stark, Maxine Waters, Dennis Kucinich or Sheila Jackson-Lee get as far as they’ve gotten?

Given the state of the Texas Democrat Party, perhaps they’d like some friendly advice from the other side – it’s important that you guys make an effort to be inclusive. You’ll never get anywhere insisting on ideological purity from all your candidates. After all, Miz Rogers was the people’s choice in the primary; shouldn’t she be given a chance to win by the state’s Democrat machine?

Rogers’ opponent particularly ought to suck it up and support her. Instead, Doug Blatt, the “mainstream Democrat” in the race, was very unpleasant and non-supportive in his concession speech…

“I’m sorry to inform you that we lost.

“The winner, Kesha Rogers, is already claiming on her web site that this means that voters in the 22nd District want to impeach the President.

“I can’t believe that most people who voted for her knew that she wants to do that.

“I do believe that most of them didn’t do any research about the candidates before voting.”

Insulting your base and calling them stupid only points out that you’re a party without ideas. It seems Texas Democrats are due for quite some time in the wilderness; a rump party run by old white men with expired philosophies which don’t resonate with younger, hipper voters.

Right?