Blue Wave in Texas?
There were predictions that Ted Cruz was in trouble. He said himself it might true. But yesterday he faced a primary challenger where the total votes cast were 1.5 million. Cruz got 1.3 million of them. No blue wave there.
But elsewhere Dems did increase their turnout significantly. The got about 40% of all votes cast yesterday in Texas. In the 2014 midterms they got less than 30%. Headlines are saying Dems doubled their turnout yesterday. No, they increased it by 33% at most. Fake news. Double would be a 100% increase.
The midterms usually have a higher turnout than primaries as were held yesterday.
George Soros bought a DA seat in Bexar County for a cool One Million dollars. Democrat incumbent Nico La Hood didn’t have that kind of money. La Hood is the sort of man the Democrats hate, even if he is one of their won. They hate him because he opposes sanctuary cites and supports a border wall. He sides with Americans of Hispanic descent who are U.S. citizens because came into the U.S. legally. In fact many of them can trace their heritage in America farther back than most white Americans. La Hood might be the last Democrat I respect. He should switch sides. The GOP could use a few like him.
If the Texas GOP doesn’t crash and burn, always a possibility where any GOP is concerned, Texas will not likely turn blue anytime soon.
Meanwhile, there was a political earthquake in Italy on Sunday. It was a populist revolt against the establishment parties. Those parties received 80% of the vote in 2008. They dropped to 57% in 2013. Yesterday they sank to 36.5%. Trump style wave? Lots of people think so.
Italy had every reason to change course. Its economy has been stagnant for years. Neither centre-right nor centre-left seemed to have real answers, and the two leaders of those parties – Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Renzi – had both been rejected by Italian voters in some fashion in the past. Italians were in the mood for a change, and the traditional parties presented figures from the not-so-happy past. That’s not a recipe for success.
Angelo Codevilla says
In Italy as elsewhere, the Trump effect is more about attitudes than government programs. . . The entire world has been infected by what Renzi calls a “populist virus,” which first manifested itself in the British people’s decision to leave the European Union and whose virulence elected Donald Trump. That same “virus” now has spread to Italy. There was nothing that Renzi or anyone else could have done to stop it. Of course, one could just as easily argue that the populism Renzi and his comrades despise isn’t a disease so much as a much-needed cure.
The truth, however, has nothing to do with any “ism” or with Trump: when voters are ruled by officials and associated corporate types who despise them, sooner or later they will find ways of returning the favor. I hope they will repeat that in 2018. They have every reason to, given what’s been going on.
The American establishment in Washington DC is similar in that they despise their voters as much as the same in Italy. Voters in America did in 2016 what the Italian voters did yesterday. They responded in kind.
This isn’t new. Fred Siegle wrote a great book about that — Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Undermined the Middle Class.