In 2012, Texas conservatives need to focus our energies on removing
our own RINOs from office, and keeping them off the Republican
ticket, this coming election.
It’s impossible to overstate how important this task is, on both
the state and the national levels. RINOs are poison to a
conservative agenda. There is little real difference between them
and Democrats, and once elected they use their power to sabotage
attempts to enact good conservative legislation. We’ve seen this
take place in Austin over and over. No matter how loudly
conservatives speak at the polls, and how good prospects for
conservative legislation look, the RINOs in the party often manage
to water good bills down, or block them altogether.
On top of this, activist federal judges have thrown the election
into complete turmoil by throwing out the new legislative district
maps recently drawn up in Austin, creating their own maps, and
ordering the state to follow them. This was in response to a
lawsuit claiming that the maps drawn up in Austin discriminated
against non-white voters, particularly Hispanics. The court found
in their favor and drew up new maps that were much more to their
liking, because they include more districts where Hispanics are a
majority. (You can compare the legislature’s map and the court’s
map by doing an internet search for Texas District Viewer.) Given
long established voting patterns, what this boils down to is that
the court has created several more solidly Democratic districts,
and eliminated some solidly Republican districts.
Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed an emergency appeal with the
US Supreme Court to put the enactment of this ruling on hold,
partly because Monday, November 28th was the first day a person who
intends to run for office could file paperwork for a place on the
ballot. When it’s not even clear what districts will exist come
Election Day, it’s pretty difficult to file the proper paperwork,
so everything is in flux right now. Hopefully common sense and
judicial restraint will prevail at the Supreme Court, and this
ruling will be put on hold, but that is by no means certain.
Furthermore, even if this ruling does wind up being eventually
overturned on appeal, the voting trends driven by huge population
growth among Hispanics in Texas virtually assure that the state
legislature and Congressional delegation will become increasingly
less Republican and more Democratic.
Given all these factors – the dim prospects of a truly conservative
presidential candidate, the state elections being up in the air,
and the massive demographic changes taking place in Texas, it’s
imperative that we work harder than ever in 2012 to elect genuine
conservatives to the state house and to Congress. The 2010
elections demonstrated what we can do when we’re truly motivated,
and we need to recapture that same level of energy and motivation
for the Republican primaries of 2012, which take place in early
If a RINO currently represents your district in Austin or DC, or if
one is currently the favorite for the GOP nomination, start
organizing now to defeat him or her in the primary. Wherever there
are genuine conservative challengers, it’s time to get behind them.
If there aren’t currently any, it’s time to recruit someone. If
you don’t know of anyone else that might run, consider running
yourself! It’s easy to think of reasons not to run or get involved,
but as Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for evil to
triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Don’t underestimate the impact you may have. All incumbents either
run unopposed or run scared. RINOs in particular know they have
betrayed their base and are scared of being called on it. Several
conservatives won in 2010 in the primary against well-funded
incumbents, like former RINO state representatives Tommy Merritt
and Delwin Jones. By running against someone, even if you lose,
you make them spend money, money that an unopposed incumbent can
use to prop up his fellow RINOs in other districts. If you lose
and do better than expected, you might still accomplish your goal.
Case in point: RINO Burt Solomons just announced he won’t be
seeking re-election. Insiders I know report that this is because
he was shown to be weak in the 2010 primary when he squeaked by
with 53% of the vote against an opponent who spent a tiny amount of
money, and big money conservative donors were looking to run a very
strong race against him this year, so he chickened out. There’s
nothing more humiliating for an incumbent than to lose in a primary
(and many of them are lazy from years in office with no serious
campaigns), so often fear of losing makes them quit, and you win by
default. This happened in 2010 when RINO Brian McCall decided not
to run after the Tea Party started organizing against him in 2009;
now that district is represented by a real conservative, Rep. Van
Taylor. Slowly but surely conservatives are removing the turncoats
who betrayed their constituents and elected Joe Straus as Speaker.
The Republican primary election date of March 6th is not very far
away at all. Right now, the candidate filing deadline is December
15th. That may change, depending on what happens in the courts.
In the next few weeks we’ll have a definitive answer one way or
another on the redistricting map, so if your district is currently
in flux that should change soon. So keep an eye on the news, and
get ready to do battle this March with GOP sellouts!
If you have any specific questions about your district, such as
whether your incumbent deserves a challenger, feel free to email
in. I can find out if there is an existing challenger and help
connect you with some folks who can help you if you decide to run.
The Peter Morrison Report