First I should note that I will be phasing down my contributions on this
Pundits blog soon, to devote more attention to other national websites
that seek original content. Before continuing my series about why Texas
(and Florida) are going blue, check out my new column "Break up the banks."
I can report serious interest from some in high finance about the
suggestion for a dramatic cut in capital gains taxes for investors in
banks that voluntarily break up the "too big to fail" institutions. For
today, I have an idea to accelerate the story of Texas (and Florida)
going blue, a theme that is exciting Texas Democrats and interesting a
growing number of national media including, now, Politico. Demographics are destiny. The blue future for Texas and Florida is certain. The question is when.
Rick Perry will not be reelected governor of Texas. Odds are 60
percent he does not run for reelection, 60 percent he is defeated in a
primary if he runs, and 50 percent he is defeated by a Democratic
nominee if Perry wins a primary and Texas Democrats choose a strong
Meanwhile, the speech by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
answering President Obama means nothing politically, while his conduct
in the coming immigration debate means everything, which brings me to
the GOP retoot. Contrary to assertions from many there is no GOP
"reboot," which implies the machine is turned off and turned back on
with defects removed. Instead we have a GOP "retoot," a slight change of
tone masking an underlying blood war within the GOP as Karl Rove
declares war against the right and Roger Ailes glides towards the
“It’s starting to look like Virginia could yet emerge in a leading role
among the states in respect of monetary reform,” say the editors of the New York Sun.
“The lower chamber of its general assembly has passed a bill to
underwrite a study of the feasibility of a monetary unit based on a
metallic standard. It is one of a number of states that are reaching
deep into the Constitution of the United States to protect themselves in
an era when the value of the dollars issued by the federal government
After a 237-year effort, Virginia has come to the
righteous conclusion that it is not God, guns and guts that makes the
earthly kingdoms — it is money. And Virginia’s are not the first
citizens in our times to call for states to cast their own coin.
Vermont’s are. California and Texas should follow.
Demographics are destiny. As I have recently written, Texas is headed
blue; the only question is when. I have also correctly asserted that
Karl Rove shares a good bit of my thinking about this. Texas Democrats
are increasingly excited and Texas Republicans increasingly worried.
Have you noticed how Texas Republicans have been traveling the nation
suggesting “Come to Texas if you don't like Rahm Emanuel harassing
banks, come to Texas if you don't like women being helped and respected
by Planned Parenthood, and come to Texas if you are a polluter”? This
attempt to import reactionary voters to Texas won't work. Perhaps next
they will suggest Texas Republicans have a lot of (white male) babies
and indoctrinate them young!
Rightfully declaring certain recent Republican challengers to be “the stupid party,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) steps up and claims that anyone thinking of running for president in 2016 now, when there is work to do, is crazy. And then he takes the first steps himself. And it is so good to have him. Jindal belongs to that rank of able and optimistic intellectuals that left conservatism with the passing of William F. Buckley Jr., leaving a bitter wake. He bristles with new thinking and the abilities to see it through. And with Jindal, you also get Rick Perry and Ted Cruz without the Texas talk. His is a new vision of America, so fresh and new it is hard to grasp its full potential. He appears potentially like one of those leaders the world has seen through millennia, who appears out of nowhere and leads a benign horde to a new awakening, as if deposited there by a force of nature.
There seems no exit now from the “monster of Monticello” — the headline that blazoned across the unbearably light op-ed pages of The New York Times not long ago. Not since George III has there been such a deep and venomous chant hurled at Jefferson, the father of American vision and transcendence. And coming from these thin reeds — Bono visits these pages on occasion — it brings palpitations. The piece was soon followed by another op-ed proposing America acknowledge that the U.S. Constitution is filled with “archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions,” and we should extricate ourselves from its bondage and move toward an “unwritten constitution,” like that of Britain. Got the picture. And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from one of the newer royal New York families, says he intends to ban guns there and other states will follow. Note to the young prince: I’ve been to the other states. Probably Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont will follow. Most of the others pack.
I have a confession.
I was born and raised in California. I was educated in the state, and attended the University of Southern California.
I have spent decades defending the state against the charge that it is the land of flakes and nuts.
But there is a reason why California has become a national laughingstock.