Got to talk to Mark Wiggins of KVUE about Battleground Texas, the grassroots effort led by Jeremy Bird to turn Texas into a swing state by treating it like a swing state. This quote was my favorite:
Democratic political consultant Jason Stanford says Texas Democrats have long fought a lopsided political battle against the state’s dominant party, and veteran political experience such as that brought by Bird could help turn the tide.
“There are a lot of problems we have. One of them is this pathological pessimism of feeling like losers,” said Stanford. “They’re like the Baltimore Orioles before last year. Jeremy Bird could be our Buck Showalter who could come in and say, ‘This is how you win.’”
Though, I kind of like this one, too:
“For every moderate Republican there are about 15 ‘Ted Cruzes’ who insist that we need border security and we don’t need to deal with the 11 million undocumented workers who are here,” argued Stanford. “We have a big problem in this country with radical Republicans stopping reform, and most of them are here. Texas is the Vatican for Republicans being stupid, so it’s not going to be that hard for us to marginalize them. We just need to organize the majority. It’s a pretty simple job.”
Read the whole story here.