POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 5:46pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 5:01pm
tyler, tx — Last nights election sent a political shock wave here in East Texas and around the nation.
The old Texas Republican establishment must be scratching their heads at just what went wrong.
What went wrong to begin with was like many of their Democratic co-horts, somewhere about 30 or 40 years ago they quit listening to the people.
Politicians are like salmon swimming upstream. The find the easiest way to go.
Now that Republicans control Texas politics, some have sat back and taken the will of the people for granted.
I'm sure many politicians would disagree with what I'm saying, but what you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what your saying.
I'm just speaking for myself, but being in Austin has gotten as cool as being in Washington D.C.
Most of Texas wants conservative leadership. The power brokers say that's what they are doing, but are they?
David Dewhurst was a moderate. Yet many of the politicians who beat their chests about conservative values endorsed Dewhurst. A lot of our local state politicians.
If the election would have been in the spring Dewhurst would have won, but the redistricting fight pushed it to the summer. During the extended time, Grassroots and Tea Party folks mobilized for Cruz.
Many people in Texas said we don't care who you have drinks with at Holts Beer Garten in Austin. We want leadership.
A left-leaning friend of mine last night asked me "how do we make politicians listen to us?"
I said it's easy, just start.
Look what Grassroots and the Tea Party folks did.
Ever been to a meeting? It's people like you and me. I've spoken there. They are incredibly organized.
Don't listen to my buddies in the media. They hate the Tea Party and Grassroots. Because many of my media buddies think they should be vetting and helping candidates get elected.
Not little old you.
Last night was a perfect example of what happens when people get involved.
That's my point of view, what's yours?