I'm tired of talking and writing about Election 2018, and chances are you're tired of hearing and reading about it. As of today, we're five days away from it being well & truly over, and from the beginning of the incessant Wednesday-morning quarterbacking that inevitably follows. My electoral dysfunction stems in part from inability to develop any enthusiasm for the candidate with whom many progressive friends have fallen ass-over-Whataburger-cup in love.
However, electoral talk has become a reflex for me over the years, like clonic twitching in my sleep. This is mostly because I enjoy sharing the perspective of a US voter who has overcome the duopolistic view of politics that dominates the discussion (cue audio clip from Beto) in this country. In 20-plus years as a Green voter, I have become an evangelist for multi-party democracy and a prophet railing against the insidious evils of the two-headed Corporate Party.
Speaking of Mr. All 254 Counties, a couple of months ago I reported that the Our Revolution chapters in Harris County and Texas had released lists of endorsees that did not include Rep. R.F. O'Rourke for US Senate. Socratic Gadfly picked up on this news and ran quite a distance with it.
Since then, I guess Our Revolutionaries have changed their collective mind. To my recollection, I never received an email from OR Texas announcing that Beto had been added, but by gum, there he is.
Following the endorsement, I have recently received emails from OR Harris County full of encouragements and enticements to join them in block-walking for Beto. The O'Rourke campaign has set up its Houston headquarters in a rent-a-banquet-hall about a mile down Old Spanish Trail from where we live, near the Griggs Road overpass (or OST underpass), so it would be easy for me to participate...if I had any desire to.
Sorry if that last tack-on looks petty, but...stet. If Beto does pull off an upset, I'm looking forward to either (a) the ecstasy of seeing him follow through on all his progressive rhetoric or (b) the disappointment of seeing him mutate into something even more go-along-get-along centrist than he currently is. It's not impossible for a Progressive to get elected to the Senate, but spend enough time there and a lot of your prog cred rubs off. Even Bernie Sanders has his OMFG-did-he-really-vote-for-that? moments, for which some of his most ardent supporters in 2016 have distanced themselves from him two years later.
The list from OR Texas still contains no endorsements for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Railroad Commissioner, Land Commissioner, or six of the Congressional spots representing Greater Houston (House Districts 7, 8, 9, 18, 22, and 29). As mentioned in previous posts, the Democratic candidates for those offices may not have even pursued OR's endorsement.
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