Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Texas GOP needs (a lot) more Dan Crenshaw's and Van Taylor's

"The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered."
Proverbs 11:9

We're still sifting through the wreckage of last night.  We'll have plenty to say sometime soon.  For now, however, we want to focus on something positive.

On a night when Republicans in suburban districts got ANNIHILATED, two solid conservatives had relatively easy victories: Dan Crenshaw and Van Taylor.

It's worth pondering why.

Our hypothesis: They're both better at tying abstract principles together with tangible results in voters lives than the average Republican candidate.  As we've remarked previously, Dan Crenshaw is off-the-charts good at this.  But Taylor is also above average.

We've been complaining for awhile about messaging.  Far too many of our candidates do far too much robotic repetition of stale, cliched, talking points.  Last night, two of the candidates who don't do that had two of the easiest wins.  That's not a coincidence.

Bottom Line: There will be plenty of time to re-hash what went wrong.  But the model for how to do it the right way is staring us in the face.  Whether or not we pay attention is up to us.

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