‘Battleground Texas’: Progressive left takes aim at Lone Star State

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In a follow up to an earlier article focusing on the actions of the progressive left in North Carolina and the national implications involved, comes a report that Texas has also been deemed a target in the build up to the 2016 presidential election.

Think about that for a moment.

To win the Presidency, a candidate must receive 270 electoral votes. Should a party control just four states — California, Texas, Florida and New York — it would have a 151 vote lead out of the gate, all but guaranteeing it would never lose another presidential election.

The bonehead move by the progressive left in North Carolina seems to have betrayed a strategy to target battleground states ahead of the 2016 presidential election, but is Texas really at risk? It has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

The effort to target Texas is called “Battleground Texas” —  a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground — and the man behind it is Jeremy Bird, President Obama’s 2012 campaign national field director.

As the Daily Caller reports:

In his early 30s, Mr. Bird is a current and future star of the Democratic Party’s awesomely effective campaign machine. As Mr. Obama’s field director, he revolutionized the effectiveness of the traditional field model, registering, among a great many others, 361,000 left-leaning voters in Florida, 156,000 left-leaning voters in Colorado and 96,000 left-leaning voters in Nevada. Not bad, considering Mr. Obama’s candidacy was no longer an historic first.

And as a reward for his 2012 successes, the former director is practically able to name his job. Mr. Bird chose Texas, and if he spends any significant time there, it is because he really thinks he can win. Indeed, if anybody can win in Texas, it’s him.

In a February 2013 conference call with reporters, Bird said, “Our approach—using smart data, people-to-people organizing, and digital strategies and analytics—can win even the toughest of campaigns, and we know it will work in Texas too.”

Based on the Daily Caller report, Hispanics constituted 41% of Texas’ citizenry, while whites were 43%. Existing demographic trends suggest Texas will be a plurality-Hispanic state by 2017 and a majority-Hispanic state by 2036.

In general, Hispanics tend to vote heavily Democratic.

So we can anticipate the same type of campaign we’ve already seen in states such as Florida and now North Carolina. A heavy push on voter registration, with financial incentives, along with a renewed effort at voter-mobilization initiatives, but most importantly, a heavy dose of the standard politics of hate that define the Democratic Party today.

Battleground Texas will endeavor to “influence public opinion in Texas via messaging that depicts Republicans as racists who do not understand the needs and concerns of nonwhite voters,” the Daily Caller notes.

In effect, more of the divide and conquer strategy heavy on class warfare and racial disharmony that has been the benchmark of the Obama presidency.

How successful this effort will be remains to be seen, although past performance alone gives reason for concern. Equally alarming is the reality that there appears to be nothing in place on the right to even identify initiatives such as this, much less counter them — and this includes the GOP.


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