March 30, 2006

Red State Texas Goes Ga-Ga For Hillary!
— Ace

So reports the American Prospect's blog Tapped.

Senatrix Hillary!, we are told, is holding fund-raisers in the reddest of red-state Bush county -- in Texas, of all places.

Well, the piece does get one thing right-- she was, in fact, in the state of Texas.

The writer apparently is unaware of, or chose to deliberately misrepresent his knowlege of, the fact that there are blue enclaves in every red state. We tend to refer to these, collequially, as "cities" or "wealthy, liberal-leaning suburbs."

So Hillary! is wowing them in counties in Texas that went 49% or even 56% for John Kerry in 2004.

Similarly, NYT musical critic/"politcal pundit" Frank Rich gushed that Brokeback Mountain would sweep the heartland, because it was doing so well in the super-red-state mid-America heartland town of Plano, Texas. Kausfiles checked into this (scan wayyyy down) and found that Plano wasn't quite as red as Frank Rich had suggested:

: Remember Plano, Texas, the Mid-American city where Brokeback Mountain's ticket sales so impressed Frank Rich and others with the film's hard-core red-state appeal? When Wal-Mart decided to open a new experimental "upscale" store, featuring a sushi bar, an espresso bar, $500 bottles of wine--but no guns--guess where they decided to do it? ... Reports A.P.: "f plasma TVs, microbrewery beer and fancy balsamic vinegar sell in Plano, those items could be added to stores in other affluent communities." ... Plano is in fact an affluent Dallas suburb. ...

I'm annoyed at the dishonesty, of course. But I'm more peeved at the arrogance-- the idea that they can get away with peddling such transparent lies. How stupid do they think we are?

Very, very stupid, apparently.

Coming: Heartland, mid-west farm-country Illinois* rejects tough measures to limit illegal immigration, showing that America doesn't want such measures!

* Cook County, Illinois, to be exact. I think it's better known by another name, but I can't think of it off the top of my head.

Posted by: Ace at 01:07 PM | Comments (26)
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1 Oh my God! She'll be in Austin for sure.

Game over man, game over!

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2006 01:13 PM (pzen5)

2 Ace: "How stupid do they think we are?"

You voted for Bush didn't you??

'Nuff said.

Posted by: Mike at March 30, 2006 01:18 PM (leJWb)

3 Hmmm, sushi bars, balsamic vinegar, $500 bottles of wine, and depraved sheepherder butt sex - jeez, I've never been to Plano, but I think I know all I need to know about it now. Ever been there Dave in Texas?

Posted by: Otho Laurence at March 30, 2006 01:21 PM (R9O/9)

4 Get over it, Mary. Bush is going to be President until January 2009 and there's nothing you can do about it. Now take your meds and go back to your finger painting.

Posted by: truly gutless at March 30, 2006 01:23 PM (/0Qyy)

5 Oh yeah, many times. Relatives there.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 30, 2006 01:26 PM (pzen5)

6 I live in Plano and grew up here. Plano is red, but it an affluent suburb of Dallas. That is why Wal-Mart is going to try to bring in an upscale store. It has nothing to do with politics.

Each time I go to the polls here Conservatives far outweigh Liberals. It's almost not even funny. Maybe it is the area of Plano I have chosen to live, I don't know, but the Wal-Mart is being built within 5 miles of my home so it's not a political issue.

On the larger issue of the Clinton fundraiser though, the Dallas area is huge. It's hard to explain how big the area is to people that have never been here so I won't try, but to assume because Clinton chose Dallas as one of her stops somehow demonstrates Texas is turning Blue is a bizarre way of thinking. Also another little seldom known fact. Dallas boasts the highest homosexual population second only to San Fran. The difference is that there are massive Conservative homosexual groups here.

Austin is just a different story. Dan Rather wouldn't live in a red area of a red state, would he? There's a joke about Austin, even though it is the capital of Texas. It's our blue-headed step-son. Every Texan knows Austin is a Liberal mecca. That's why Sheehan, Code Pink et al were able to get as many protestors at Bush's ranch, which is pretty close to Austin.

Posted by: Chad Evans at March 30, 2006 01:35 PM (uimQk)

7 PINKY LEE sez, "Nuff said!" (with a lisp........)

K.O. Pinkster, NOW in addition to Kerry`s complete military record release, we need your inpatient mental hospital health data!

Have some adult relative help you sign the form, it they are still speaking to you.................

Posted by: Colonel Jerry USMC(ret.) at March 30, 2006 01:36 PM (BJYNn)

8 Plano's the heroin capital of Texas, dude.

Posted by: Brandon at March 30, 2006 01:37 PM (CzSs6)

9 That's not fair. People died from heroine back in the mid-1990s including one of my friends. There were around 20 or so that OD'd on it. I actually had a neighbor growing up that sold it and he's now in the Hunstville. But to assume nothing has changed is moronic.

Posted by: Chad Evans at March 30, 2006 01:49 PM (uimQk)

10 Thanks Chad. I knew someone could be coaxed into giving us the deal on Plano.

Travis County's infamy on the other hand is even well known to a Finger Lakes Region resident like myself. Quit a reputation they've got and no surprise Hillary could rake in the dough there.

Posted by: Otho Laurence at March 30, 2006 01:55 PM (R9O/9)

11 My apologies, Chad.

In hind-sight, it was a stupid and insensitive comment for me to make.

And you're right. It's been many years since I've heard any stories about kids overdosing on heroin.

Posted by: Brandon at March 30, 2006 01:59 PM (CzSs6)

12 Very, very stupid, apparently.

Not stupid per se, just gullible (there is a difference).

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 30, 2006 02:43 PM (WjdPM)

13 "...Based on the heroin epidemic among Plano youth, the Plano Police Department launched an undercover investigation known as "Operation Rockfest."...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plano,_Texas

Sir,

A Texas town that has a Walmart that has an espresso bar but no guns, that liked a movie about homosexual sodomy in a pup tent, whose youth suffered from a heroin addiction?

This doesn't sound too much like Texas. But it does scream "liberal Democrat" "values" like crazy.

rcl

Posted by: rcl at March 30, 2006 02:59 PM (nzCS0)

14 Insensitive or not it takes a special kind of stupid to take Heroin.

Posted by: Canelone at March 30, 2006 03:25 PM (1Vbso)

15 Uh, Ace? I live in Cook County and we're about as illegal friendly as counties come, a nice tint of blue too. Cook County cuts a wide swath through the second amendment free zone-o-Chicago!

Cuz you know, unarmed citizens really are the safest citizens!

Posted by: Jake Jacobsen at March 30, 2006 03:32 PM (X2ChO)

16 No worries, Brandon. Moronic was a poor choice of a word that I regretted after I hit 'post' anyways. Also, I must say I assume things have changed. I don't have any children and I don't know any high school kids so heroine might still be around, but it is not at the levels of the late 1990s that Oprah and Newsweek had specials on.

You all know how it is in high school. You have these groups you hang out with and then you have a closer nit group within those larger groups. This friend was just outside this closer group because he started smoking weed like it was tobacco. Most of us left to go to college and he was one that was left behind. He, apparently, did heroine once and that was when it killed him. And yes, it's very stupid. He was an idiot. Does a smart person smoke weed in a car by yourself in a library parking lot? Hell no, but he did.

The Wal-Mart not selling guns is a bit strange, but there has always been this confusion about Texas outside of the state. I'm sure Brandon, Otho and Jake can agree with me on the notion that we just aren't as hickish as most label us as. The Texas most people think of does exist, but it's not in the Dallas area and from what I have seen not in Austin or Houston either.

One thing the author of this article fails to mention is that citizens in Texas cities have money. This state was built on oil after all. There is a guy by the name of Bob Strauss who lives in Dallas and he used to be the DNC Chairman and ran a company by the name of Goldman Sachs. For all we know Strauss gave a donation of a million or two that ended up curbing up the average donation of $4,200. That's why I have a hard time not laughing at how the author came up with the conclusion it is shocking to see Hillary have a successful fundraising event in Texas.

Posted by: Chad Evans at March 30, 2006 05:23 PM (uimQk)

17 This is like when Kerry won some primary in the south in 04. All the stories were about how a NE liberal could win in the South. They simply ignored it was a DEMOCRATIC primary.

Mix in those peskey Republicans and the plan doesn't work out so well.

Posted by: Drew at March 30, 2006 06:25 PM (Y2fNF)

18 "The Wal-Mart not selling guns is a bit strange, but there has always been this confusion about Texas outside of the state. I'm sure Brandon, Otho and Jake can agree with me on the notion that we just aren't as hickish as most label us as. The Texas most people think of does exist, but it's not in the Dallas area and from what I have seen not in Austin or Houston either."

I can definitely back up Chad on this claim. The outside perception of Texas is spot on when it comes to the rural areas of the state.

But you're way off the mark if you think cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, or even San Antonio are hickish. DFW suburbs like Plano, Allen, McKinney, Highland Park, Grapevine (which has it's own wine festival every September), Keller, and Southlake are as upscale an area as you'll find anywhere in the U.S. In fact, Verizon used Keller as a test market for their new FIOS video service.

The fact that Wal-Mart is using Plano as a test market for this kind of store doesn't surprise me in the least. In fact, if it's successful, I expect one to pop up in my neck of the woods near Southlake.

Posted by: Brandon at March 30, 2006 08:29 PM (ZAUgh)

19 I ride a horse to work every day.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 31, 2006 03:44 AM (pzen5)

20 I'm from Oklahoma, so I ride a buffalo to work.

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21 You mean to tell me that the LONE STAR STATE is going for the wicked witch of the west? I,LL GET YOU MY PRETTY AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TO

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