Thursday, December 6, 2018

#TXLEGE: The stupidest possible way one could attack Dennis Bonnen

"All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify."
1 Corinthians 10:23

Some left-wing group in the Trib:
Since President Trump was elected, the immigrant community in Texas has been living a worsening nightmare: an emboldened Republican Texas Legislature banned sanctuary cities with Senate Bill 4, the president tried to kill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status for immigrants unable to safely return to their home countries and separated migrant children from their families in detention camps across the state. And now the latest blow, more than 30 Texas Democrats have signed on to support Rep. Dennis Bonnen as the next speaker of the Texas House.

This is a man who has filed bills to kill protections for immigrants and wants English-only laws, who is against in-state tuition for undocumented youth and LGBTQIA rights.

On November 6, 2018, the electorate sent a mandate. Texas Democrats who support Bonnen have lost sight of what the immigrant community and people of color who supported them need and want. Across Texas and the nation, voters made it clear — we are against Trump’s racist agenda and any politician who would support it. We need politicians who will not apologize for our existence, who will stand with our values.
Seriously?!?  Dennis Bonnen hasn't even been officially elected as speaker and you're already making specious accusations of racism?!?  Good luck with that.

Allow us to explain something we've learned over the years about Dennis Bonnen's personality.

Dennis Bonnen despises bad faith political attacks.  We've seen that play out against conservativesWe've also seen it play out against taxpayer-funded lobbyists.  Either way, bad-faith political attacks repel Dennis Bonnen.

From a conservative perspective, this is why we're taking a wait-and-see approch with Bonnen.  If bad behavior from the speaker's office continues, there will be an appropriate time to address it.  In the meantime, it doesn't take a genius to imagine a scenario where Dennis Bonnen loses patience with being constantly attacked as a racist.  If that highly plausible scenario materializes, AND the conservative grassroots has spent the previous weeks building a productive relationship, see the previous paragraph.

One more thing: This could be an early sign that Bonnen will split the D caucus in the same way that Straus split the R caucus.

Bottom Line:  This was an unforced error that could haunt the left....

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