No Texas candidate for Congress wrapped themselves in the groping arms of Donald Trump more than Republican Kathaleen Wall in her race for the Second Congressional District. Wall spent over $6 million of her own money in an effort to pander to the lowest common denominator as shown by ads such as this one. Wall liked to paint herself as having pulled herself up out of poverty by her own bootstraps. She also wore her version of Christianity on her sleeve as if somehow Jesus was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and against any government welfare programs. Red doesn’t know much about Wall’s background other than she is married to a rich older man. What Red does know is that she blew $6 million on a losing campaign. Alas, she will have to travel to DC on her own dime in order to feel the warm embrace of the real Donald. There is some light at the end of the tunnel.
The Greenwich Time reports that last week the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops formally cut ties with the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life. The TCCB is the church authority that sets policy for parishes which serve approximately 8.3 million Texas Catholics.
Texas Right to Life is the oldest and probably most influential anti-abortion group in Texas and is primarily funded by big time GOP donors. TRL largely functions as a wing of the Texas GOP and its endorsements carry a lot of weight in the Republican primary.
The bishops’ directive stated that Texas Right to Life has engaged in misleading attacks against political candidates, lied about the Catholic church’s position on state legislation and argued that church-supported bills don’t do enough to limit abortions.
“We’ve asked our pastors, parishes and Catholic schools to refrain from asking (Texas Right to Life representatives) to come onto our premises because their teachings don’t always align with what the Catholic Church teaches regarding certain life issues,” said Bishop Joe Vasquez, head of the 25-county Austin Diocese.
It’s a bad sign when you are so radical in promoting the anti-abortion agenda that the Catholic Church gets fed up with you.
If Roy Moore wins it will be the most demoralizing blow for the media since @realDonaldTrump ‘s election—so let’s make it happen.
Dinesh D’Souza on Twitter.
Red’s response – “If Roy Moore wins it will be the most enervating rush for pedophiles since ancient Greece – so let’s make those pedophiles happy.”
Not that the GOP had any real moral footing to begin with, but the swelling chorus of GOP support for Roy Moore has clearly shown that Republicans care about power much more than honor or even common decency. Red thinks that most Americans will be able to see through what is going on here in pushing an accused pedophile into the halls of Congress. Be careful what you wish for DD.
“I think they’re afraid I’m going to take Alabama values to Washington, and I want to tell you, I can’t wait.”
Roy Moore, twice removed Alabama Supreme Court Justice, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate and accused pedophile.
Just what are your Alabama values Roy? Abuse of young girls? Disregard for the Constitution? Failing to follow the supreme law of the land because you know better? Belief that the U.S. should be a Christian theocracy? Hatred of gays and lesbians? Denial of protected rights to Muslims? Love of money? Worship of guns? Bolstering your manhood by waiving a pistol at a public event?
Red hopes that the good people of Alabama – and there certainly are many of those – don’t believe in your warped “Alabama Values.”
And don’t worry – Roy we are not afraid. If you lose, those “Alabama Values” of yours are already on near full display in the White House.
democrats are now 0-3 in Trump Era special elections. Democratic candidate John Ossof wasn’t really close to winning Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. He was handily defeated by Karen Handel after the most expensive congressional race in U.S. history – a contest marred by vicious ads attacking Ossof. Shadowy right wing PAC money painted Ossof as a stooge of the “mouthpiece of terrorists” and attempted to tie him up in the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise.
Ossof could not even match the showing of little-known Archie Parnell in the almost completely under the radar South Carolina special election also held on Tuesday. Ossof lost by 6 points, Parnell only lost by 4 in a much more heavily Republican district.
All this shows that the GOP is holding serve where it needs to and that the Dems are lost in the woods right now. Running basic unknowns against established politicians isn’t going to cut it no matter how much money is thrown at a race. The message of “At least we’re not crazy” doesn’t seem to be resonating in the heartland. Sitting around waiting for the Republicans to shoot themselves in the foot (something they are wont to do) is not working. There is no coherent message as an alternative to a party that has been the party of War and Recession for nearly 40 years. If you can’t beat these guys, maybe just maybe you should think about folding up shop. Red has some ideas for a new party – but that is for another time.
Right now 2018 is looking better and better for Trump. Red thinks Trump has a real shot at securing an even larger working majority in the House and Senate while the GOP retains control at the statehouse level across the country. The U.S. is not headed towards strict one-party rule (like Texas), but it is approaching de facto status in that regard.
Politico reports that Texas Republican Congressman Mike McCaul (more or less of Austin – although with his heavily gerrymandered district it’s hard to pinpoint an epicenter) has reported approximately 7,300 stock transactions in an array of industries over a two-year period. McCaul is reportedly the first or second wealthiest member of Congress with an estimated net worth of almost $300,000,000. Yet, that aint enough apparently. McCaul and his family are voracious stock traders bent on acquiring even more money and creating a potential ethical quagmire as McCaul surely must be voting on matters that affect his personal wealth. Red foolishly thinks that a Congressman should actually pay attention to the business of the nation more than his own pocketbook.
Now don’t get Red wrong here. Red admires McCaul as someone who got rich the old-fashioned way. He married well. Most of McCaul’s wealth is held by his wife, Linda McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications CEO and founder Lowry Mays. His skyrocketing overall net worth appears to be the product of generational wealthtransfer. If only Red had been so smart he too could have been busy carrying water for his corporate masters in D.C. in his spare time after he finished his day-trading.
From the Annals of Lying Ted – In 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz (TP-Texas) announced that he would seek the GOP nomination for President. Cruz who had held elective office for less than 2 years and was widely reported to be the most hated man in the U.S. Senate seemed a long shot at the time but stunned observers by winning the Iowa Caucuses. That win kept him in the race for the long haul. Cruz racked up several more primary and caucus wins including Texas. Cruz’s campaign, however, was dogged by accusations and proof of various “dirty tricks” including a misinformation campaign about Ben Carson before the Iowa Caucus and a smear campaign against Marco Rubio. These problems resulted in Donald Trump (amazingly now it seems) tagging his as “Lying Ted.” In the end, Cruz was unable to match the bombastic firepower of Donald Trump and was forced to suspend his campaign after losing in Indiana. There was talk of Cruz attempting to engineer a brokered convention but that fell apart with Trump’s closing rush. It is hard to say how the losing run will affect Cruz’s political future. He seems certain to draw an opponent in the Republican primary in 2018.
On a personal note, Red can state that within in 10 minutes of meeting Ted Cruz (well before he became a major public figure), he was convinced that he was about the most obnoxious person he had ever met.