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Our Biggest Challenge is Not "to block" (0.00 / 0)

Katherine -

I completely disagree with you on this issue.

Our biggest challenge is not to simply block Republicans' legislative agenda as you say; it is to improve it where we can through compromise and creativity and to advance our own agenda where possible.  Of course there are some issues that both sides will simply block when the other brings them up because there is no room for compromise.  

But the ability for a Texas legislator to work with members of the other party - especially the party in power overwhelmingly - should be one of the greatest reasons a voter would desire the representative.

I would much rather have a legislator who can get things accomplished for the district in which I live than to powerlessly only stand on principal.

Your Rovian perspective on how Democratic legislators should behave is appalling. Of what exactly are you accusing Alvarado?  That she's a secret Republican plant?  Does her voting record bear out your concerns in any way?

With posts like this, you are doing nothing to help Texas Democrats.

Alvarado (0.00 / 0)
I find it distasteful to go after Alvarado because Repubs are blockwalking for her. It is normally tradition for members across the aisles to support their former House colleagues. This does not mean she is compromising herself or Alvarado is secretly a Republican.

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Right. (0.00 / 0)
Larry Taylor just hearts Carol. That's all it is.

It is not even "normally tradition" for members of the same party to support colleagues or former colleagues. Maybe you have missed all of the Tea Party primary challenges to Republican incumbents in recent years, but there they are. Right in front of your face.

It is all about money and power, nothing else. Not tradition, not party, not even quaint things like principles or convictions.

I find it difficult to understand how someone could advance such a flawed premise unless their livelihood depended on it. Are you a political consultant? If not, you should be.

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AMEN (0.00 / 0)
That is all. Thank you, David.

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As a former DNC member... (5.00 / 1)
David, as a former DNC member, you are not concerned about the Republicans' choice winning this seat? Or the Republicans trying to be the deciding factor in an overwhelmingly DEMOCRATIC district?

Frankly I don't have too big of an issue with Alvarado. But it does bother me when Republicans try to play the deciding role in a race between two Democrats.

I'm not a player, I just Tweet a lot: @KathTX

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Congrats, Katherine! (0.00 / 0)
You have earned the Consultants' Scorn Award for the Blogger Who Questions Their Supremacy!

Don't be concerned, though. They move on quickly to other shiny objects. Even as I type this, they're all drooling over Battleground Texas and its myriad of income opportunities.

Why, Marc Campos barely has time to rehearse his "the secret to increased Latino voter turnout is: hire me and I'll tell you" speech in the mirror, between wooing the less-than-10% of SD-6 voters that are Republicans and watching the Astros spring training games.

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Not even slightly concerned... (1.00 / 1)

No, it does not bother me in the least that there is evidence Alvarado can actually work with people on the other side.

There are a couple points I want to make, Katherine, and sadly, one of them is the old-man-card.

First, though, your logic on what should happen in a Democratic district is shortsighted.  Should Democrats not try to be a deciding factor in Texas because we're currently and for the last couple decades have been a Republican state?  Should Democrats in the House not pick one Republican over another for Speaker because it is a Republican body?  It can't be both ways.

I can't find fault in Republican legislators having a preference for someone they know they can work with on some level.  And the commenter @curtisaustin above is correct - every special election like this I've witnessed in the last couple decades, legislators (and lobbyists for that matter) show up en masse to help the candidate they know best.  (and often it is as simple as that - it's a person they know over a person they have never met and has nothing to do with partisanship)

And as for the old-man card, I remember Carol Alvarado from Democratic activities and conventions from as far back as a decade prior to my serving on the DNC.  So when you attack the Democratic credentials of someone I've seen working for Democrats for the last 20 years because a Republican chose to support her, you should not be surprised that it would rankle me.

Beyond that, though, I believe you should have a very high standard as to what Democrats you ever choose to impugn on this publication.  This situation simply does not warrant such an attack.  And rather than ask open-ended, accusatory questions such as the one at the end of the article, why don't you go ahead and propose the answer to that question?  I would be interested in what exactly you think the Alvarado is up to.

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By all means (1.00 / 1)
Let's have no criticism of Democrats, ever, on this site. After all, you have met some of them at conventions, and they're nice people.

Let's do everything we can to get Republicans to like us, and hope for a few scraps from their table.

Dude, I would describe your symptoms as classic battered-spouse syndrome. I'm guessing you carry a Wuss Caucus card in your wallet.

NEVER. NEGOTIATE. WITH TERRORISTS. Especially when you are terrified of confronting their insanity, bigotry, ignorance, greed, cronyism, and hypocrisy.

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