I’m going to take a moment to gloat: Texas is the smartest state in the entire country. Not only did Texas voters send a message to Obama and the Democrats, that message was written with such force it left a permanent crater where the state Democratic Party headquarters once stood. There is no mistaking what Texans think of Obama and his miserable party.
Gov. Rick Perry won re-election easily, defeating the Obama-in-boots Bill White by about 13 points. Perry never broke a sweat.
The voters kicked three useless Democrats – Chet Edwards, Ciro Rodriguez and Solomon Ortiz – out of the US House. Their replacements, Bill Flores, Quico Canseco and Blake Farenthold – are all conservative Republicans who’ll do the state proud.
But the real shock of the day came in the state House, where a whole lot of Republicans who really no one expected to win, won. The GOP has a massive 99-51 seat edge in the House now, which means the House Democrats are irrelevant. Even the Democrats’ leader in the House, state Rep. Jim Dunnam, ended up losing to Marva Beck. Up until she decided to run, she had been the GOP county chairman of rural Leon County out east. Dunnam is a bazillionaire trial lawyer so arrogant he didn’t even bother to actually live in the district that elected him year after year; Beck is a citizen legislator after Tuesday.
It’s going to take the Texas Democrats a very long time to recover from this. They took the worst beating in Texas history and have absolutely nothing to hang onto for solace today. Texas voters are never ones to go for subtlety, but this beating is one that’ll end up in the history books alongside Sam Houston’s epic win at San Jacinto. Well, maybe not, but it’s pretty big.
So yeah, I’m drinking up the Democrats’ tears today. They’re tasty!