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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Audacity to Turn Texas Blue

I just finished reading The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe. If you enjoy reading about the inner workings of political campaigns, I recommend putting this on your bookshelf. Plouffe reflects on running Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign and the political atmospheres they encountered as they moved from state to state. The book was purposely printed without an index in order to encourage readers to tackle the book in chapter order, start to finish. This way, the reader is able to realize the organic progression of the campaign which ultimately led to the election of our nation's African American President. As health care reform and party vote counting permeate the news, many people have forgotten the encouragement and hope this campaign offered our nation during a time of financial crisis and waning American spirit. It is important for Democrats to not confuse imperfect with failure. I encourage my fellow Democrats to pick up this book and get back in touch with the original message that inspired our nation and put the Democrats back in the White House.

There are 2 startling admissions in this book. One is that alongside Chicago, Austin was home to the second largest amount of Obama donors. The second is that after the Presidential win, the Obama campaign regretted not putting a stronger focus on Texas. The fact that Austin played a significant role in financing the campaign and the amount of time that Plouffe suggests the campaign mulled over a strategy in Texas are both enticing pieces of information. As far back as 2008, national Democratic campaigns recognized that political trends in Texas were changing. Since Obama's win, Organizing for America, which was formerly Obama for America, has set up offices in cities across Texas. Where would the Democratic party in our state be now if the Obama campaign had chosen to fuel the Democratic fire back in 2008?

These admissions become even more interesting considering the statewide elections Texas is gearing up for and factoring in the outcome of the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race. Considering the tweets I read Tuesday from the contenders in the Agriculture Commissioners race, Texas politicians were paying close attention. How much do you think the outcome in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race will affect the Texas state wide races?