I am in heaven. Or, more exactly, I am in the middle of a perfect storm -Texas, a very meaningful battleground in the war for the Democratic presidential nomination. I am a political junkie, which means I am glued to MSNBC 24/7, even watching the guys on death row in case there is a break for some political news! I imagined that it would all be over by February 5th, and Texas, with its primary process on March 4th, would be much too late. But the fates intervened and here I am in Texas, a make or break state for Hillary.
Last Saturday night I went to delegate training. The voting process in Texas is very odd - truly the Texas Two Step. Vote early or on the day and then you are eligible to come back at 7:15 PM to be part of the caucus process. Historically, this is a non-event, but this year, expect big crowds.
Last night, we went to meet the national Obama team who had just arrived in town. Both events were mobbed - black, brown, white, able, disabled, young, old, rich, poor. It was truly inspiring. I saw the same guy at both events - lying prone in his wheelchair with breathing tube in his mouth, signing in with his foot. Wow, if this guy is ready to step out and support a presidential candidate, how can any of us doing anything less?
Sitting next to us was a young African American family with several small children. What an amazing memory this will be for them years from now. Or maybe not. Maybe they will not remember a time when having an African American presidential candidate was ever a big deal.
People were in long lines signing up to provide food, housing, phone-banking, office space - anything the campaign needs. We have signed up to have volunteers stay at our house and I am eagerly waiting a call to volunteer to do whatever is most helpful.
But no campagin material. Maybe that will come later when they move into their office space. So, not being one to wait around when I want something, I ordered 100 of these today. Please note the clever use of Dallas Cowboy's blue for the lettering!
I am pouring over blogs and writeups and anything that says that Obama can win Texas. I have started blogging on the Obama website. Last night, one of his supporters, a Latino politician, told us that in Texas there has never been contention between black and brown (his words). With that fact and the fact that Obama has been increasing his vote rate with Latinos in each of the previous contests, Texas could put an end to that perceived weakness.
I will keep you all posted on what's happening in the next 3 weeks from the middle of this perfect storm.
If you guys couldn't get an outcome in California, us Texans will have to jump in. After all, we owe you for the last Texan we gave you for President!