Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Obama drags sack through Texas but won't go near the border

I can begin to see Wendy Davis' point in avoiding DC Democrats when they display the political tin ear that the president is also showing off this week.

The White House on Monday insisted most of the thousands of unaccompanied minors flooding across the border will be deported.

The firm position came as President Obama was set to travel to Texas, the center of a growing firestorm over the nation’s inability to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country.

Obama is set to hold fundraisers in Dallas and Austin during the two-day trip, but he has no plans to visit the border, where officials have struggled for months to contain a wave of minors seeking refuge in the United States.

The president has come under criticism from members of both parties over the wave of immigrants, who have filled detention centers and overwhelmed a court system ill-prepared to handle the surge.

Yes he has, and that hasn't influenced him in the slightest apparent way.

Now before you think that I have decided to join Y'all Qaeda and make a run for the border... stop.  Those packs of crackers -- JMHO now -- need to be shot on sight themselves.  I mean to say hunted down and rounded up and beaten with hoses and fists by LEO and accidentally wind up dead, a few of them.  How else are we supposed to treat seditionists in America?  Shouldn't Joe Campos Torres get some payback after all these years?

All righty then, that's incited enough aneurysms in conservative brains (sic) for one morning.  But my work is not yet done here.

Obama's two fundraising stops in Dallas and Austin are to raise money for the DCCC (Congressional Democrats) and the DSCC (Senate Democrats) for the 2014 elections.

Officials from the Democratic National Committee say that the president will attend fundraising events on July 9 and 10 in Austin. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Texas filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will host the first event on July 9 at his Austin home.


Tickets for the Rodriguez-hosted fundraiser range from $5,000 to $32,400. Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, Rosario Dawson and Danny Trejo are slated to make appearances at the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The president will stay overnight in Austin and appear at a July 10 fundraiser and roundtable discussion hosted by Aimee Boone Cunningham at her home. Cunningham serves as the assistant secretary of the Center for Reproductive Rights. Tickets for this event are $32,400.

And all of that money will be spent to help elect Democrats in places other than Texas.  Oh, perhaps Pete Gallego might get a few bones thrown his way, since he's in a tough race.  But that's it.

What might be even worse than the fact that Texas keeps getting milked like a rented goat is that there are wealthy Lone Star Democrats  who are willing to write five-figure checks to the DNC, but suddenly develop alligator arms when statewides like Davis -- and Van de Putte and Mike Collier and Sam Houston and on down the line -- could use just a little bit of that help.

Let that sink in for a moment: millionaire Democrats in Texas writing five-figure checks to DC Democrats don't think that Texas Democrats are worth writing a check to.  It's more important that a Democrat get elected to Congress in Ohio or Maryland or California than it is for a Texas Democrat to get elected to anything.

Folks, that's what's wrong with Texas, the Democratic Party, and our campaign finance system in this country as the three dysfunctions can be most perfectly photographed together.

Forget the fact that Latinos understand that Wendy Davis feels the same way as Obama AND Rick Perry, for that matter -- "send 'em back".  Overlook that she has already exhibited electoral weakness in south Texas in her primary even as Greg Abbott practiced early outreach to them.

But hey, this is supposed to be a rant on the president.

As Obama’s trip approached, the White House insisted Monday it was “not worried” about the optics of the president raising cash with Texan donors without going to see the developing crisis firsthand, even as Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) pressured Obama to go to the border.

“The president is very aware of the situation that exists on the southwest border,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

Obama has the difficult task of arguing that he does not “have to be there in order to see the problem and deal with it effectively,” said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.

“They have to work the optics as best they can because going to the border with Gov. Perry would provide him an opportunity to grandstand, which he would almost certainly do,” Jillson said.

What?!  Governor Conspiracy Theory would demagogue for the cameras in front of several thousand hungry brown children?!  Say it ain't so.

So yeah, it's a no-win situation for everybody involved.  Except for a few Democratic candidates running for office somewhere besides Texas.

Update: The Dallas Morning Views is kinder and gentler and still says the same as me.


Greg said...

Haven't you figured out that Obama has no sack?

PDiddie said...

1. I expected sputtering poutrage about my "threats" to "kill" someone, a la your ongoing obsession with John Coby.

2. If you don't want to be called a TeaBagger, you need to stop making middle-school-age insinuations about other men's genitalia.

Gadfly said...

It's still "We the People," not "We the States," Greg, as I wonder more and more what pseudohistory rot you're teaching high-schoolers.

Greg said...

I've got no idea what the hell you are talking about there, because it has absolutely no relationship to anything I have said.