“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"

Monday, April 27, 2009

Texas Independence--Call Their Bluff

This new poll says that Texas still has a way to go to come into line with reality. Nevertheless, as a fairly generic poll, it says that there has been movement. Had this poll been taken a couple years ago, all the numbers would have been about 5-10% more favorable to Republicans. As Obama's policies work, there will be further erosion of Republican support, perhaps enough to begin electing statewide Dems.

A couple other points are worth noting in this poll. First, though it was transparent before, the real motive for Perry's secession comment was his anticipation of a primary battle with Hutchinson. Kay remains more popular than he is, but in a Republican primary, he is still the favorite due to his assiduous sucking up to the loony fringe. Second, fully half of Republicans polled think Perry's secession idea was a good one. This is partly the result of some more moderate Republicans reidentifying themselves as independents, but it also reveals the truly loony nature of Texas Republicans. That result should be publicized widely if Dems want to make gains with the indies.