Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Go Texas go!!!

Burnt Orange Report has some thoughts today on the possibility that Texas may actually be relevant in determining the Democratic nominee this year:
Barack Obama's strong performance on Super Tuesday all but guarantees that Texas primary voters will play a key role, maybe the key role, in selecting the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Few saw this coming. Ever since efforts failed to move up the Texas primary, we thought we were sidelined. Then Michigan and Florida broke the rules, taking two big-state delegate counts off the table. Then Obama's captivating campaign of hope interrupted a Clinton coronation.

Until the last few days, most old Texas pols, and new pols for that matter, hadn't given much thought to the possibility of a historic Texas presidential primary. Now, here it comes, and early voting begins in 13 days.

To put this in perspective, Texas voters have never played this role in a Democratic primary. Good luck on your targeting, and good luck exit pollsters. It's a first-of-its-kind election in more ways that one. The universe of likely voters just got much, much larger.
Of course, I doubt it will ultimately matter, as this is one of the reddest of the red states. The Republicans could nominate this thing for president and still carry Texas:

That's a giant isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, a close, albeit bigger and scarier, relative of the doodlebug.

To get back to my actual point, hooray for Texas. Don't muck this up.

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