With a request for donations, former Republican strategist and current TV political pundit Matthew Dowd announced on Wednesday that he is running for Texas lieutenant governor as a Democrat against “the cruel and craven GOP incumbent.”
Dowd, a former key aide on G.W. Bush’s reelection campaign who has since gone far left, including voting twice for Obama, seems to have overcome a possible identity-politics barrier to entry for his own campaign.
In September 2018, the self-identified white male Christian wrote that people from his demographic should “step back and give others room to lead.”
“[T]hat is precisely the kind of oily pandering that allowed Dowd to earn a cushy job as a political analyst at ABC News, where he was presented as a right-of-center analyst, as opposed to what he is: a mewling, far-left beta male who makes Phil Donahue look like Robert Mitchum,” Breitbart’s John Nolte quipped.
Incumbent Dan Patrick is seeking reelection for the GOP in Texas.
Dowd, 60, currently makes the rounds of MSNBC and CNN where, according to his non-fans, he carries Joe Biden’s water.
In an appearance on MSNBC this summer, Dowd claimed that the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol “was worse than 9/11.”
Sisters/brothers, I am running for Lt. Gov of Texas. We must remove the cruel and craven GOP incumbent. I can't do this alone. I need your help. We are up against large sums of money. I hope you will contribute. https://t.co/O0FiIe1HlQ pic.twitter.com/jfCj3fW8bN
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 29, 2021
In an op-ed posted on the ABC News website, the subtext for which was apparently a lamentation about the controversy surrounding President Trump’s nomination of then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Dowd wrote, in part:
Instead of waiting for the diverse population of America to keep pushing and prodding, I would humbly suggest that we as white male Christians take it upon ourselves to step back and give more people who don’t look like us access to the levers of power…
Yes, let me repeat, we as white male Christians should do what real leadership demands and practice a level of humility which demonstrates strength by stepping back from the center of the room and begin to give up our seats at the table…I myself can do a much better job of this in both my personal and professional life…
As I have watched the last week of disruption and drama in Washington, a major part of this could have been avoided if white male Christians had more readily stepped back, and turned over leadership to those who are not the same sex, or the same color, or the same religion as us…
The greatest demonstration of strength is putting someone else ahead of ourselves. Let’s show we are that strong.
Late last month, using questionable political analysis, Dowd claimed that President Biden “should be congratulated” for doing “unbelievable yeoman’s work” in Afghanistan and that Biden was extremely “competent” in his handling of Afghanistan.
In November 2019, even given his vigorous support for diversity, he apologized for and deleted a tweet about U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s conduct during Trump Impeachment 1.0.
“Elise Stefanik is a perfect example of why just electing someone because they are a woman or a millennial doesn’t necessarily get you the leaders we need,” wrote in the later-scrubbed message about the highly respected New York Republican.
“The Dowd campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ inquiries, including if he no longer believes that White male Christians should ‘step aside’ and whether or not he will withdraw his candidacy if a woman or a minority candidate enters the race,” FNC reported.
Fox News has also reported that ahead of launching his campaign, Matthew Dowd apparently deleted “over 90 percent of his tweets.”
Matthew Dowd had 180,000 tweets in late May 2021.
Now he has less than 5,000 tweets.
What is he hiding? pic.twitter.com/ToNLumznbF
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) September 29, 2021
To a certain degree, some might say that this situation is perhaps roughly similar to the scenario involving ex-ESPN host Rachel Nichols, who seemed to be a champion of diversity, as long as her position at the network was unaffected.
Dowd’s announcement of his candidacy made liberal Twitter happy, but others think he has some explaining to do about the perceived hypocrisy:
Does running for Lt. Governor rather than Governor count as “stepping back”? pic.twitter.com/q4ORNqeWA2
— John Hornbuckle (@JohnRHornbuckle) September 29, 2021
You were correct when you wrote this so I encourage people not to vote for you. pic.twitter.com/YdDs84RpxT
— There Are Four Lights (@UtleyYATM) September 29, 2021
So… not following your own advice there Ace? https://t.co/5TCDu9PLp5
— DanielBrass (@Toolseller) September 29, 2021
What happened to espousing that people like yourself should step out of the way so that the disenfranchised could finally get their hands on the levers of power? Maybe you were just talking about ‘other people’, because somehow you’re exempt.
— Sean Sullivan (@IronmanSSX) September 29, 2021
“Us white male Christians need to step back and give other room to lead… LOL, just kidding. Vote for me!” pic.twitter.com/bP819C4H5k
— License to Will (@wharrison51) September 29, 2021
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