National touting of Texas Democrat voter turnout is to raise money

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedTexas Democrat primary turnout not impressive,” was the headline of my commentary on March 10th and I pointed out that even with a big presidential race at the top of the Democratic ticket and millions spent in Texas on that race, the Dem turnout was less than one-percent higher than Republicans who had no big statewide races.

But don’t let reality get in the way of wishful thinking of the Left well expressed by a headline at POLITICO: “Democrats smell blood in Texas after sky-high primary turnout” with a subhead of “The party is targeting another half-dozen House seats in the Lone Star State.”

We do need to take seriously individual Democrat challenges to congressional and state house seats as, at the end of the decade’s redistricting cycle, demographic changes have made some seats vulnerable but that has little to nothing to do statewide Democrat voter turnout.

What happened to Texas Democrats in the decade after that peak turnout in 2008? In many ways things got worse.

POLITICO and other Left-leaning national outlets are running these stories, I think, in order to help Texas Democrats raise money from ill-informed Democrats (redundant?) across the nation.

The real story on turnout by Democrats in Texas is that in 2008, Obama’s election to the presidency, Democrat turnout in Texas was higher than the numbers they are bragging about today. In fact, Dems came within two seats of taking the Texas House I seem to remember.

Yes we should take serious Democrat campaigns seriously but before we buy their media-carried propaganda ask yourself this: What happened to Texas Democrats in the decade after that peak turnout in 2008? In many ways things got worse.

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