The Texas Democratic Party has just been knocked out … cold.
All that brave talk about upsets in the making, about how the state was on the verge of returning to its Democratic roots, of Texas becoming a “battleground” upon which Democrats would wage combat with Republicans … well, you can toss it into the trash can.
Greg Abbott is going to be the next governor and, worse still, Dan Patrick is going to become the next lieutenant governor.
If I were Abbott, I’d start plotting my renomination strategy — let alone my re-election plans — right now.
The fight is going to commence probably quite soon for the seat Abbott is about to assume. It well could be between the new governor and the new guy who’ll be lieutenant governor.
Abbott vs. Patrick. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?
As for the Democratic Party, well, back to the drawing boards, folks.
Battleground Texas, the phony political action group that crowed about pumping juice into the Democratic Party, has been shown to be bogus. It didn’t do nearly the job it claimed to have done in registering voters.
See you around, hucksters.
Meanwhile, the GOP stranglehold on every statewide office continues.
As for the Texas Senate, let’s just say it’s going to be a good bit crazier than it’s been. Patrick is likely to toss aside all the bipartisan niceties shown by predecessors of both parties. He isn’t likely to appoint any Democratic Senate chairmen or women, which David Dewhurst and Rick Perry did when they held the office. Indeed, the late Democrat Bob Bullock selected Republican allies to chair committees when he ran the Senate prior to Perry taking over in 1999.
I’ll say this, though. Watching the Texas Senate will provide plenty of grist for folks like me.
As for the rest of the state’s political lineup, they’re all likely to march to the cadence that Dan Patrick is going to call once he takes office.
Get ready, Texas.