Monday, March 20, 2006

Where Do We Stand After Texas?

For many of us the November elections aren't getting here fast enough. We've had enough corruption, lies, abuse of power and complete lunacy to last us a lifetime and we're eager to see the U.S. House of Representatives under new ownership...or at least new management. We'll take the Senate if we can manage it, but I'm willing to settle for just one house of Congress.

I've been following the primary elections in each state. Texas had its primary earlier this month and Illinois will hold its election tomorrow. What could possibly be exciting about primary elections to people living outside the state? Well, as I mentioned earlier, I'm desperate for good news and November can't get here fast enough.

After the Texas elections we have 6 guaranteed Representatives in the U.S. House. A few might have challenges from Independent or Libertarian candidates, but none are serious. The great news is four of these are Democrats, one is a Republican and one is a coward. Yes, you read that right. Henry Cuellar is a coward. He's a registered Democrat who is actually a Republican. He doesn't register with his true party because he would never get elected in his district if he did. Cuellar isn't a centrist Dem. He's a coward Republican who uses deceit to get elected. He won't be counted in with the Dems because he doesn't deserve it.

After tomorrow's election in Illinois we will add one more Democrat to the list who doesn't face an opponent in November. So for all practicle purposes we now have 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans who have won a seat in the U.S. House. It's absolutely meaningless, but it made me smile for a few minutes to think of it.

Where do we stand in Texas?

There are a handful of districts that are competitive. Many are hard to judge because opposition in the past hasn't had serious financial backing, which in turn makes it difficult to offer a serious challenge. From the numbers it looks like districts 2, 17 and 22 might be in play. One has a Democratic incumbent and two are Republicans. One of the Republicans is Tom DeLay.

If some of the Democratic challengers raise enough money more districts might become competitive. Some of the Republican incumbents won with a little more than 60% of the vote when they outraised their opponents by several hundred thousand dollars. When a Democrat can get 40% of the vote on $12,000 I tend to believe there's a chance. But then, I still believe in Santa Claus too.


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