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Texas Democrats Enable Voter ID Bill And All Junk In Legislature By Supporting Bipartisan Organization Of Legislature

A so-called voter ID law is Topic A in the bipartisan Texas legislature. The intent of the bill is clear enough. It is to suppress the turnout of people Republicans don’t want voting. (Charles Kuffner writes about the ID bill here.)

However, we should not forget that these Republicans were helped into power with the acquiescence of legislative Democrats who voted to ratify the current legislative leadership in exchange for beads and trinkets.

It is bunk to say that this bill is about Republicans only. When the chamber is organized in a bipartisan way, what is produced is the responsibility of both parties. 

Texas Democrats serve as first-class enablers of the Republican majority in Austin. We were at one point even reduced to fighting over which Republican would be best to lead the Texas House instead of fighting for our own principles.

When Texas Democrats want to blame somebody for this bad bill, and for every piece of junk that comes from the legislature, they should not forget a good look in the mirror.      

April 24, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Politics, Texas


  1. “Texas Democrats?” Please! Leave *most* of us out of this. What Dems are voting for this assinine bill?

    Comment by Whosplayin | April 24, 2007

  2. Thanks for the comment. When Democrats consented to the organization of the House at the beginning of the session, and, at heart, consented to the concept of an organization of the legislature on bipartisan lines, they knew what they were supporting.

    The process was legitimized with broad Democratic support of one or the other Republican speaker candidates. We knew what we were buying into.

    You can’t say we’ll take the committee posts and vote for you as Speaker, but by the way we have nothing do to with the results.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 24, 2007

  3. Neil,

    Seriously, how old are you? I am guessing you are quite new to politics. Nothing like wet behind your ears new, more like pooping yellow new.

    Comment by John cobarruvias | April 24, 2007

  4. Thanks for the comment John.

    Comment by neilaquino | April 25, 2007

  5. So Neil, what should the Dems have done with regard to the speaker’s race? Vote for their own candidate on the D side, forcing R’s to not challenge Craddick? Or should they have simply abstained?

    I just don’t get where the Democratic culpability is. We ARE a check and balance against what the extremist neo-con facist “Republicans”.

    I didn’t vote for those bastards. I dedicate my spare time to making their lives hell.

    If anyone other than the Republicans in power is truly to blame, it is those Texans who fail to exercise their right to engage in democracy and make their views known to their legislators and vote these idiots out.


    Comment by Whosplayin | April 25, 2007

  6. Steve—Thanks for the question.

    Yes– In my view Democrats should have voted for a Democrat in the Texas Speaker’s race. This is what is done in all but one or two other states and this is what is done in Congress. The choice of leadership for a legislative chamber is a matter for the majority in the chamber. It’s about both principle and procedure.

    When you vote for the leadership you endorse the course the chamber will take in that session. I understand that shades of gray existed between the various Republican contenders for the Speakership. But they were still all Texas Republicans. They had a very different program than do most Texas House Democrats.

    Which of these what you term as fascist Republicans would you like to share power with when Democrats take back the House in the next few years?

    Also, when votes are traded for these leadership roles, you empower the Sylvester Turners’ of the world to cut sneaky deals. If in 2008 or 2010 Democrats win back the House by just a few members, don’t you think some of these folks will be shopping around both parties for the best deals for themselves?

    Your last point is really the issue. This is a matter for voters. Voters gave Republicans power in Texas in 2006. That is the way it goes. In the future it will switch.

    In truth, though I’ve not said it before now, I think the one-third rule gives Texas Senate minorities too much power and I think it would have been wrong for a majority of US House members from Texas to have been Democrats for this entire decade.

    Want power? Then win elections.


    Comment by neilaquino | April 25, 2007

  7. […] a Republican effort, to the extent that anything is the responsibility of one party in the freakishly organized Texas legislature, to deter low-income persons and persons of color from voting. It may also have […]

    Pingback by Texas Voter ID Bill As Sign Of Republican Weakness As Texas Changes « TexasLiberal | April 25, 2007

  8. what is the cost of a state i.d. in texas and how many voter does texas have without id’s? any idea?

    Comment by bill b | April 26, 2007

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