With the emergence of Battleground Texas, a lot of ink has been spilled about the left's efforts to flip Texas. The threat is real, but we can beat it. One key is to make the left play defense on territory it thinks it owns.
Cahnman's Musings has been a resident of Travis County for five and a half years. We've always found the reports of it's liberalism, much like Mark Twain's demise, to be greatly exaggerated. Before living in Travis County, we grew up in NYC and spend half a decade in and around Los Angeles. Cahnman's Musings has seen places hopelessly up their ass with progressivism. Travis county ain't it.
One thing we've always observed is that there are a lot of people in Travis County who are liberty minded in a general sense, but don't follow politics closely and don't vote. Those folks are the key. One example is the fraternities and sororities at U.T. The Greek system is under assault from the permanent U.T. bureaucracy, and kids in the Greek system don't buy into progressivism in the same way other U.T. students do. If you take 20 to 100 active members per house and multiply it by 20 houses, all of a sudden you're talking about meaningful vote totals.
And that's just one example.
In that spirit, Cahnman's Musings offers the following outline to put the left on defense in Travis County:
- Online Video -- This is an inexpensive way to push information. Online video allows us to go around media gatekeepers. The key is to use humor to capture attention.
- Identify, Register, and Turnout New Texans -- What do Glenn Beck, Chuck DeVore, and myself have in common?!? We're all economic refugees from blue states, and we're all conservatives. Economic refugees to Texas are a self-selected group. The people moving to Texas aren't liberals. As Governor Perry told Glenn Beck last week, "if they're takers who want government to take care of them from cradle to grave, they're going to stay in California."
- Follow the Money -- Big government inevitably begets boondoggles. Nobody likes boondoggles. On a related note, there could be a major scandal breaking in San Antonio.
- Make the Villains Household Names -- There are plenty of potential villains in Travis County. In the spirit of Alinsky's thirteenth rule, Cahnman's Musings suggests raising these people's profile. Personally, we'd start with this guy.
- Education -- We need to increase the economic literacy of average citizens.