Democrats in Texas Acting Like Republicans (Shocker)

Friday, April 15th, Washington Senator Patty Murray, chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign committee, stated that she intended to target the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2011. It took the committee only a single day to produce a candidate: Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez.

Never heard of the gentleman. Let’s check him out.

  • Born in Rio Grande City, Texas
  • Commanding General in Iraq in 2003
  • A year later, slammed the war in Iraq: “living a nightmare with no end in sight”, “catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan” , “After more than fours years of fighting, America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to devise a strategy that will achieve victory in that war-torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism.” From the NYT.
  • Sanchez signed off on interrogation techniques including the use of dogs, stress positions and disorientation. He was the commanding general during the Abu Ghraib scandal.
  • And that’s all I can find out.

No, seriously, that’s all I can find out. He was in the military, signed off on torture techniques (oh dear), then criticized the war in Iraq (kudos), then retired to Texas. That’s all I can find.

Here’s my real beef. Democrats have a two-word explanation for targeting Texas in 2012. Get ready for it.

“Changing demographics.”

Ah, yes. Changing demographics. The logic is flawless! There are latinos in Texas. Lots of them! And when they see a latino candidate who isn’t one of those crazy latinos…you know…we will fall all over ourselves to run a massive campaign because he’s one of us. And since he’s in the military, he’ll appeal to all those military Texans. And (this is purely conjecture) since he has an unimpeachable political record, as in, he doesn’t really have one, Democrats will be free to craft his political persona as they wish. Which means, I assume, that they will craft Republican Lite, because that’s how you win in Texas. Which is cute, because that doesn’t work. It hasn’t worked over and over again.

Texas has the second highest number of immigrant residents in the country. Guess what will motivate their friends and families to vote for a candidate? Perhaps if that candidate is somebody who actually cares about immigrants. Just a thought.

Immigration is almost always sacrificed to moderate a candidate’s positions. We can only imagine that in a state like Texas, where immigration is a hot issue, that a strong pro-migrant position is as likely as snow in hell (See: Bill White’s run for the governorship, whose immigration platform on his website was indistinguishable from Rick Perry’s).

Kay Bailey Hutchison herself has pangs about immigration- and specifically, the DREAM Act, even calling for a “do-over” after the December vote.

I wish that the candidate we propose in this state would actually champion, instead of simply allude to, the values that we hold dear.

I hope Patty Murray and Democratic leadership prove me wrong. Please, please, prove me wrong.


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