Texas Government Lobby
Capitol Inside reporter Michael Hailey has reported that local Democrats are hoping Mit Romney gets the Republican nomination this fall. This is the opposite of national Democrats who are hoping for an extreme Republican, who might lose the moderate vote, a boost for Obama. But Democrats in Texas have a view to the state elections. And they don’t think Romney will inspire local Republicans to show up at the polls.
Voters often show up at elections because they are inspired by a candidate. And once there, they vote a straight ticket. Not everyone, but enough to make a difference. If Texans are not fans of Mit Romney – and they are not – might they not just stay home? Why bother, since Obama can’t possible carry Texas. Democrats are hoping for such a thing to drive a low Republican turnout for the Fall state elections.
Romney does not inspire Texas Republicans. He’s far too moderate for their tastes. And he doesn’t have a nice war story to help his cause, like John McCain. Nor is he from a Southern state. He’s from the Northeast and that’s reason enough to suspect him.
At least that’s the narrative the Democrats are hoping for.