Tuesday, February 4, 2020

#TXLEGE: Larson Opportunistically Deploys Emmanuel's Old Playbook

"and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
2 Thessalonians 2:10


Translation: Lyle Larson wants to make Texas' primary election earlier.

But this has nothing to do with presidential politics, and everything to do with protecting liberal incumbents down ballot.

In 2012, the primary in Texas was delayed two months due to meddling by the Obama administration.  It was also, not coincidentally, conservatives' best legislative cycle...pretty much ever.  Two additional months of campaigning allowed grassroots candidates to neutralize incumbents money advantage.

Ever since, the bidness-as-usual crowd has been pushing to make Texas' primary as early as possible.

Larson's been up to this for awhile.  In 2017, he authored HB 3180, which would have moved Texas' primary up to January.  This would have advantaged candidates with deep enough pockets to buy advertising during the Christmas season.  Incumbents, in other words.

That being said, we respect Larson's chutzpah:

Bottom Line: Using presidential politics as a pretext to protect legislative incumbents is a terrible idea.

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