Congratulations to Wendy Davis, who is now the second woman to win the nomination for governor and who now faces Ted Nugent's pal Greg Abbott in the general election. The hard, hard work begins now. We've already seen how low Republicans will stoop to stop her from winning.
On the other hand, grifter Steve Stockman has failed to shake John Cornyn loose from his hold as Senate favorite, which means Steve can go home and clean up the pigpens he and his campaign left behind. Not a moment too soon, I might add.
If you want to see the depth of differences between Republicans and Democrats in Texas, look no further than the ballot propositions on each party's ballot. Voting these up or down expresses a non-binding sense of that party with regard to policy. In other words, they're meaningless. But still, they do capture a picture.
Texas Republicans voted to:
- Freely express religious beliefs and prayer in public
- Expanding concealed carry laws
- Abolish state franchise tax
- Drug-test welfare recipients
- Require elected officials to be subject to same laws as constituents
- Repeal Obamacare
Texas Democrats voted to:
- Pass immigration reform
- Implement a living wage for all Texans
- Expand Medicaid
- Expand non-discrimination legislation for equal protection under the law
The next time someone tells you there's no difference between the two parties, pull out this list. It sums up most of the major differences, though there was nothing on either ballot about climate change. You suppose that's the consequence of living in a state dependent on oil?
Ah, any time it's a bad night for the tea party, the better, and tonight was a bad night. They were more or less shut out.