The end appraoches for the Democratic Party
The Democrats have fallen and they can't seem to get up.
For the last decade, the Democratic Party has been sinking. 2002 is going to be the last chance it has for a come back.
The problem as always is leadership, or the lack thereof.
The Democratic Party has essentially sat on its backside for the last 15 months betting everything on a 5' 2" corrupt Hispanic to lead them to victory. Yet even while the rank and file Party officers and the press were touting this guy, he was doing virtually nothing. (Well actually he did say that Henry Cuellar said he wanted to kill him and that Mr. Cuellar was also a homosexual.) Other than that, Tony didn't do much of anything.
When Tony finally declared his long awaited candidacy, Phil Gramm shut him out of the press within hours by announcing his retirement. Then 911 and Tony announced he wasn't going to do much until January. And he hasn't.
In the meantime, the Party continued to disintegrate. The Republicans controlled redistricting to such an degree that the house will be controlled by the Republicans and we are looking for the first Republican Speaker of the House since Reconstruction.
Now that the filing for the primaries has begun, we have lost four powerful Democrats who are not going to run for re-election. Is it because of redistricting? No. Its because these elected officials who have never endorsed Tony Sanchez know that with him at the head of the Democratic Party everyone on the Democratic ticket is going to suffer. Not to mention the morality issue of not wanting to associate with such a corrupt nothing candidate.
The first wave of elected officials left the Democratic Party about 10 years ago in order to survive. Now the second wave is leaving because of who most of the Party bureaucrats are trying to put at the top of the ticket.
The last wave will leave next November. If things do not change dramatically in the next three weeks, the only thing that is going to be left of the Democratic Party after next November is going to be the Blacks and a few die hard Hispanics and old yellow dogs who will probably quit voting outside their counties and cities.
The writing is on the wall. Come January 3, 2002, those who have not signed up to run in the Democratic Primary are not going to be able to get back into the race. Sanchez has got to get out now.
There are Democrats right now who are considering going to the Republican Party in order to survive politically. All that they are waiting for is for someone to be the first. When that first person switches, then a lot more will follow. For many, it is better to be an elected Republican than a retired Democrat.
With George Bush riding sky high in the polls, the Republicans having won the redistricting battle, key elected Democrats retiring, and the remaining Democrats trying to put a corrupt Hispanic at the top of the ticket, the future of the Democratic Party looks bleak.
And amid all this bad news, Molly Beth continues to flit about spouting feel good silliness. Her last function may well be to simply turn out the lights when the Party is over next November.
The next governor of Texas
December 5, 2001
Sadler will not return to House
Departing Democrats signal changing times in redrawn Legislature.
By Bruce Hight
Sunday, December 2, 2001
Another Democratic pillar in the Texas House fell Saturday with news that Rep. Paul Sadler of Henderson, chairman of the House Committee on Public Education, will not run for re-election.
Sadler, a lawyer who was first elected to the House in 1990, told the Tyler Morning Telegraph for its Saturday edition that he would not seek another term: "I'm going to work, and I'm going to be a dad."
On Friday, state Rep. Rob Junell, D-San Angelo, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced he would not seek re-election.
Their announcements mean that at least two of the House's three most powerful Democrats won't be back when the Legislature convenes for its next regular session, in January 2003
Gene Kelly to try again for Senate
By Ken Herman
Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Retired military lawyer Gene Kelly, as optimistic a seven-time loser as there is, said Tuesday that he is making another run for the U.S. Senate.
Also Tuesday, two more powerful Democratic state legislators -- House Public Health Committee Chairwoman Patricia Gray and Transportation Committee Chairman Clyde Alexander -- announced that they will not seek re-election next year.