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Although most of us aren't as close to Texas news as Zach F. is, it often seems (to me, at least) that Texas is still a foreign country.
Fortunately, it appears that Texas will actually become part of the United States again in the not-too-distant future, thanks
to the efforts of an organization called "Battleground Texas".
The organization has the Republican Attorney General (Greg Abbott) plenty worried (as well as paranoid):
One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons.
The most telling paragraph of all, though, comes from "the most hated man in the Senate", Ted Cruz:
In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple … The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party. Our kids and grandkids would study how this used to be a national political party. “They had Conventions, they nominated Presidential candidates. They don’t exist anymore.”
For the record, the Whig Party was succeeded by the Republican Party (as well as the "Know Nothing" Party ). Although the Whig Party managed to elect two men to the Presidency, the party was destroyed by "deep fissures" in the Party, EXACTLY the same problems facing the Republican Party today, which pits Tea Party extremists against more moderate Republicans. In my opinion, the Republicans will never win another Presidential election unless they can figure out a way to get rid of the Tea Party.