Brown is the New White

January 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

I just listened to a very interesting speech by Steve Phillips, a lawyer who heads a PAC dedicated to electing progressive candidates.  He makes an appealing case for optimism about electing liberal candidates in Texas as well as in other Southern and Southwestern states.  I know from experience that the greatest obstacle to electing anyone is the belief that the effort is hopeless.  I don’t know what the studies have shown but my own belief is that the largest bloc of voters consists of those who are ill informed about the issues and whose primary motive is to “vote for the winner”.  Whether this stems from the effect on money raising or from the psychology of voters, I don’t know.  I just know it seems to me to be a political fact.

So, having a convincing case to make that a candidate will win is a valuable tool.  I have participated in some efforts, some of them requiring some pretty creative reasoning and selective references to facts, to convince people that a candidate could win an election.  Most of my efforts were unsuccessful and most of my candidates lost.  That’s how I learned about all this.

This speech by Steve Phillips is an effort to make the case for progressive political success in Texas and other states.  I commend it to you.  Here is a link;

Phillips Speech


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