Saturday, July 25, 2020

#TXLEGE: Still more Bi-Partisan Political Malpractice

"Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
But by a man of understanding and knowledge
Right will be prolonged."
Proverbs 28:2

Yesterday, KXAN offered a preview of the fall campaign in Texas.  In so doing, they unintentionally offered a snapshot with what's wrong with both parties.  Here's the offending section:

Outgoing Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said “We need to do better,” when asked if Republicans are doing enough to connect with voters virtually during the pandemic.

“I would encourage all Texans to participate and not just participate by voting,” Bonnen told KXAN, noting, too, that some virtual campaigning has included negativity on social media and that people should instead participate in a positive manner. “It’s of great importance that they engage and that they be part of that discussion and that commentary so that their voice is not run over.”
Before we get to the political stuff, let us make a non-partisan point: It is disgusting and disgraceful, and insulting to any notion of honest government, for Dennis Bonnen to be quoted in this article.

However, given that Bonnen was quoted in the article is begs some follow up questions for both parties.

For the GOP:
  • On what planet is this a good look?!?  Even if you don't care about Bonnen's corruption (which you obviously don't), it doesn't take a genius to see that he's a gigantic political liability.  Why is he speaking on behalf of your party?!?  Of course, we've been making this point for nearly a year.
For the Democrats:
  • Given that Bonnen keeps insisting upon thrusting himself into the news, why aren't you making him a campaign issue?!?  He should be a household name by now.  That he isn't might just be the single most astounding squandered opportunity in the history of politics.
In researching this blog post, we found this gem from last November: Republicans still deserve to lose...but Democrats don't deserve to win.

Not a lot has changed since then.  Republicans are still awful (and getting worse).  But the Democrats...still...seem to dumb to take (or at least maximize) advantage.

Then again...well.

Another data point: For as much of a debacle as the GOP convention has been and remains, have the Democrats really taken advantage?!?  Besides some snarky commentary on social media?!?  Have they actually done anything?!?

Not that we can tell.

We can't believe we're saying this, but for the first time in ages we can see a plausible path for something resembling the status quo to prevail.

It's completely pathetic, but it might just be the case.

We can't believe we just typed that.

Bottom Line:  GOP keeps handing D's opportunities.  But D's keep squandering them.  It's quite something.

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