“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Thursday, September 23, 2004

We're Not Purple

I just got scolded by David Van Os.

It was at a fundraiser at the River Briggs Ranch for the Democratic nominee for the Texas Supreme Court. Mr. Van Os was making the rounds through the chili line, and when he got to us, I mentioned the crowd, which was larger than anyone could remember at a Democratic event in Amarillo, Texas. "We're going to turn Texas purple," I foolishly babbled. That's when David Van Os scolded me.

He pointed at me repeatedly with his index finger, while pointing out that Republican turnout has been twice that of Democratic turnout in the past several elections. "They have to get twice their people to vote to beat us," he said.

Don't sell us short, don't buy into the notion that maybe if we work hard we can come close to beating Republicans in a few elections. Texas, like everywhere else populated by normal human beings, is a blue state, David Van Os proudly shouted.

And you better believe we gave him his hell-yeahs.

And, yeah, that crowd was fantastic. Democrats are coming out like no one ever believed we could. Even Will Rogers would have to admit that we're lining up together this year, when it matters most.


A huge crowd for a state Supreme Court nominee at an isolated ranch we had to drove over miles of dirt road to get to? Even Texas a blue state? George Bush was the best thing that ever happened to our party.