Jerry Patterson Is the Lone Sane Republican Running for Lieutenant Governor, Is Doomed

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There's not a whole lot of daylight between the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor. All check the requisite conservative boxes on guns, abortion, immigration, healthcare, evolution, school choice, the size of government and so on.

That said, GOP voters still have a choice for the March 4 primary. They can choose a crazy person (e.g. State Senator Dan Patrick and, to a lesser extent, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples), or they can pick a seemingly rational human being (e.g. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson).

Patterson is the only candidate who, during debates and campaign stops and interviews, consistently exhibits a capacity for reason and an understanding that Tea Party demagoguery has been getting dangerously overheated.

See also: Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson: The "Alamo Will Not Go Under UN Control"

Take the current round of stories on Patrick's talk of an "invasion" of Texas by illegal immigrants, which is fast alienating Hispanic Republicans. Patterson is the counterweight, cautioning against a headlong into unrestrained xenophobia.

"When all you are doing is slamming immigrants whether they are legal or illegal, who primarily are Hispanic, then they only hear part of the story," he tells the Texas Tribune. "They don't hear that the Republican Party is not going to deport Grandma. They just hear that you are slamming immigrants, and they just hear that in the large sense, not just the illegals, but those who are here legally."

He was also the guy who diverged from his competitors by advocating against repealing the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of U.S. Senators and expressed at least a degree of moral uncertainty when asked to weigh in on the case of Marlise Munoz, the brain-dead-and-pregnant Tarrant County woman recently removed from life support.

See also: Texas Lt. Governor Candidates Agree: Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman Should Still Be On Life Support

He also took a bold stand against a (transparently false) rumor that spread last year, assuring Texas that, no, the Alamo is not falling under United Nations control.

Being the sanest person in the institute for the hopelessly deranged that is the Texas lieutenant governor's race is, of course, a minor accomplishment. But if the two-decade-old pattern holds, and Texas keeps electing Republicans to statewide office, it should be someone self-aware to deliver remarks like this:

"What the Republicans don't realize right now is that we are where the Democrats were when they lost it 25 years ago. We have become so insular and we have reached the point where the other party is not competitive. So we don't worry about November, which is dangerous. It really is."

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everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

tl:dr version:  Jerry Patterson is the candidate that democrats like.


Vote accordingly.

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

These four nutjobs demonstrate that liberty-minded voters in Texas should quit flirting with reactionary Republicans and come home to the Libertarian Party.

animas
animas

Myrna is having a gloriously good time of "cat and mouse" with you guys.  Whoever said "cats are only amused by toilets" must be self loathing!

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

It's always funny how "progressive" white-guilter propaganda bloggers like Eric Nicholson celebrate and encourage non-whites to work together for their common interests, but if whites do the same thing then Eric wets his panties crying 'racism'.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

So Republicans should take libtard Nicholson's advice and become more libtarded so they will be more pleasing to naive white-guilter like Eric Nicholson, who will never vote for them anyway. Got it

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

I thought Eric Nicholson was going away so we wouldn't have to read his shitty naive white-guilt libtard propaganda anymore.

James080
James080

Losing the vote of Hispanic Republicans? What...all three of them?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@animas  far from self loathing lololol.  Myrna is a punching bad because she allows herself to be.  

ruddski
ruddski

You mean Myrna trolls?

No!

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

If you are proud to associate yourself with "her", then you have proved yourself to be a total dumbshit. Congratulations, total dumbshit!

ruddski
ruddski

Say what??

We have lots of whites working together in America to advance the economic needs of foreign nationals over those of Americas middle and lower economic classes - most especially those if color - and there's no objection.

Daniel
Daniel

@libtard_apologist  No, please don't. It's way too entertaining to watch the woefully ignorant fellate the sociopathically rapacious while the whole boat capsizes before our eyes.


Don't fret too much, though: you'll still have Texas for another 15 years, and what most refer to as the "Paradise-On-Earth States" (e.g., Mississippi, Alabama) until the end of time.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@libtard_apologist

newsflash: you don't "have to read" anything.

This may be a shock to you, but YOU control what YOU read!

I would say "just think about it", but then that would require you to actually think, which judging from your posts is pretty much a pipe dream.

JMFitzmaurice
JMFitzmaurice

@James080 When George W Bush ran for President he took 44% of the Hispanic vote, and there was story after story about how it was no longer a "safe" Democratic base. The Republicans have thrown all those gains away by playing to Xenophobes.

animas
animas

@ScottsMerkin @animas   I really have to laugh at how she gets you guys so flustered. She certainly makes  a "punching bad (sic)" out of you!  

ruddski
ruddski

It's a need for attention, suggesting loneliness. Most cat ladies are lonely.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

I hope you enjoy living in what will essentially be a combination of black-run Africa and Mexico. They totally love love love short-sighted naive white-guilters like you in those places. Hope you don't have any daughters though.

ruddski
ruddski

"ignorant crab". Bingo.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Its only bc the ignorant crab she bandies about. Oh, I'll make sure to send all my comments to my editor next time. You must be perfect.

ruddski
ruddski

Hopefully, they'll not be co-opted by the communist morons of the UAW.

" The UAW has had little success in the southern U.S. auto sector over the years...."

Keep it that way, Alabama.

veruszetec
veruszetec

@libtard_apologist  Ah, the old "Black man gonna steal yo white daughter" line.

Please, regale us with more of your hits from the 60's and 70's!

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

If you want to maintain your stereotypical white-guilt-libtard naïveté, don't you dare look up the state for interracial rape in the United States.

libtard_apologist
libtard_apologist

Just wait, in about 20 years and you will be agreeing with me, and kicking yourself for being such a short-sighted naive white-guilt-ridden libtard who trashed your own country to assuage your pathetic white guilt.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@Daniel He's an overt racist with a raging inferiority complex. You might want to rethink agreeing with anything he says about anything.

Daniel
Daniel

@libtard_apologist  I'm afraid you might be right on the one hand -- thirty-three years of low taxation, a lax regulatory environment and weak protection of the American working class have made us more like the Third World and the damage is likely to continue.


But how this is tied to your deep-seated, irrational . phobia of  interracial sex, I have no idea. It'd probably be enlightening to see your browser history, though. 

JMFitzmaurice
JMFitzmaurice

@James080 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

1: I'm not a leftist, unless you consider someone who always votes a split ticket and has both supported and opposed things espoused by every president in his lifetime a leftist. ie. Isupport the affordable care act, oppose the minimum wage hike (because I don't think it will accomplish the goal of raising standard of living, juts cause slight inflation so the buying power of the new wage will equal the old)

2: I get it was satirical, but usually the underlying thought when people post that is that almost all Hispanics will always be democrats- no one thought you literally meant all but three - and I wanted to point out that isn't necessarily true. that may not have been what you wished to communicate, but it is a message communicated by that comment nevertheless.

3: I like alternate opinions, debate between them is how compromise and consensus are reached,, provided legislators are allowed to vote, and compromises can be crafted hell my two best friends for most of my life have been a communist (not an insult he is proudly one) and a libertarian.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Well, now, let's see here.  I make a mature statement and you two return it with insults like, "it is a cat, only amused by toilets", "twit", "humorless leftist".  Was that really necessary?

James080
James080

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @James080 

I'm not a Republican or a Democrat you twit. Romney got 29% of Texas Hispanic vote, that's pretty common knowledge, so while my initial comment may not have been humorous, it was clearly satire....for everyone except humorless leftists.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@James080  Humor aside.  You brought up the issue and Fitz made an excellent point.  You Republicans just cannot stand alternate opinions.

JMFitzmaurice
JMFitzmaurice

@James080 @JMFitzmauriceOkay, you
may not like my tone, or my word choice, but he fact remains that in 2000 Hispanics were not a group that was
"safely" Democratic. 44% voted for the republican governor of a border state in a presidential election. A presiden who held conservative economic views, fairly hard right social views, byt favored immigration reform, and tended not to talk about making English the National Language. Now the National Language movement, and the massive deportation/restrict immigration movement are on the upswing in the GOP and The Hispanic voe is squarely in the Democratic column.Now you may view these changes as a ositive instead of a negative, but the Bush number show that Hispanic voters can be as "up for grabs" by both parties as anyone else. The just aren't with the current rhetoric.

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