Texas Republican Party Chair Steve Munisteri must have felt like Paul Revere when he sounded the alarm on Battleground Texas. The letter his office recently sent out reads more like Alex Jones than the Chair of the party that holds every top seat in the state. The piece is cynical, but cleverly worded to literally scare the money out of people with an apocalyptic fear of our President.
At every opportunity Munisteri cranks up the fear machine characterizing the Politico.com article with Jeremy Bird as Battleground Texas being “exposed by a major national newspaper,” and stating that the, “article uncovered their plans.” He warned Texas Republicans that “Barack Obama's 'Battleground Texas'” was a “clear and present threat to you and your family,” and that they are coming to “take away your guns,” “confiscate more of your paycheck” and “hijack your rights and freedoms.”
The Chairman used blatant double-speak with no regard for the intelligence of potential moderates or otherwise informed election volunteers. He wrote that “Obama's team have become masters of the slimy “dark arts” of campaigning: creating a massive database; collecting detailed information on every voter and non-voter.” On the very next page he writes, “Your gift will be used to help me identify thousands of Texas conservatives.”
The letter — which could honestly be mistaken for an April Fools joke — contained several gems including: “When we say the Second Amendment gives us the right to own guns, they say we want to see more school children massacred,” “Obama and his allies have an unquenchable thirst for your tax dollars,” and “we simply cannot allow Obama-style politics to invade Texas.”
Other claims were just outright false. The TRP Chair said Obama had “virtually double[d]our national debt,” which by “virtually” I assume he means “didn't”. He also said the President failed to “create any new private sector jobs” which is also not true.
Read more of the Texas GOPs fear-mongering below the jump.He outright acknowledged that the Texas GOP was short on funds and could not compete with the “same wealthy mega-donors who raised ONE BILLION DOLLARS,” saying that the, “tens of millions of dollars they will raise to fund their despicable programs might be 'chump change' to them…But it exceeds our own Republican Party of Texas budget!”
It's unfortunate for young fiscal conservatives that the Texas Republican Party has chosen to go down with the sinking ship of fear and intolerance rather than reevaluate their platform, but for Democrats there's been no better time to rock the boat.
The state Republicans are showing that they have no idea how to respond to Battleground Texas, or the very real “threat” of Texas turning blue, but they could start on their facebook page. Battleground Texas is not only using this letter for fundraising, but the new organization is flaunting the fact it only took them 78 days to acquire more facebook fans that the Texas GOP.
Other dire predictions about Battleground Texas from Texas Republican Party include the following:
- “If they succeed, they will…forever change the landscape of Texas and America.”
- “Their database will be used to identify droves of potential new Democrat voters in the Lone Star State.”
- “…and possibly even a Texas state income tax!”
- “They'll flood their mailboxes with surveys and mailers addressing the issues they care about the most.”
- “They'll make millions of phone calls to urge [potential Democrats]to attack conservatives and become more active in the political process.”
It might all be sound and fury signifying a clever fundraising ploy… But for the first time in ages, Republicans sound a bit scared of what Democrats can do in Texas!