August 20, 2007

These are your reasons?

Watts is going around listing the reasons HE should the Democratic nominee...

1. He (Mikal) has already put forward incredible effort through a constant travel and fundraising schedule, and will continue to do so.
2. He can respond fast and well to the Karl Rove attack machine that will be coming with Cornyn’s campaign.
3. He will compete and win in ALL areas of Texas, not just the historically Democratic areas.

Let's do the point by point, shall we?

1. You don't get bonus points for doing what every candidate does, which is traveling all over the state. If that were a significant voting issue we'd have AG Van Os and Ag Commissioner Gilbert because those guys busted ass traveling in 2006. Regardless, Noriega has been booking a lot of miles as well. It's not like this is something exclusive to Watts.

2. Best equipped to respond to Rovian attacks? Hell, Watts thinks OUR criticism is mean. And we're pulling punches. Watts, through surrogates, is already whining about bloggers calling out some of his obvious flaws. If you can't handle us, do you really expect to be able to handle Rove? Noriega's already got a seasoned messaging team and they ARE ready for primetime.

3 Any Democrat will compete in ALL areas of Texas. Why? Because people are pissed as hell at Republican incompetence and our rubber stamp Senator. Cornyn is going to have problems fundraising, not to mention getting people to blockwalk for him. Any Democrat can take advantage of that.

What Watts leaves unsaid is that he enjoys none of Noriega's advantages (legislative experience, military experience, etc.). Its on those advantages Texas Democrats should be focusing, not on fundraising. Don't get me wrong, money is important, but over 7-8 million and things get lost in the shuffle. Noriega can raise that... maybe not as easily as Watts, but an important thing to remember is that should he be the nominee and turn on his internal money spigot, he unleashes the caps on Cornyn's fundraising. Noriega won't have that problem.

One last thing... Noriega is going to have an easy time fundraising from the business community who are increasingly sick of Cornyn. That's like a one-two punch to the Republicans and an important thing to consider if money is your focus. Don't laugh... the RPT is already having problems raising money from traditional business sources and that's not going to stop anytime soon.

When was the last time you heard of business in Texas willingly giving much money to a trial lawyer?

Posted by mcblogger at August 20, 2007 04:17 PM

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What's up! LubbockLeft here -- I found your blog through the trackback.

Let me just say that we would love to see Rick Noriega visit Lubbock and speak to our Democratic Party activists and donors. It means a lot to me that Noriega is currently a netroots favorite and that he was endorsed by David Van Os, my favorite Texas political leader.

However, I will say again that Mikal Watts really impressed me with his early visit to Lubbock. It DOES make a difference whether candidates even get up here -- it's definitely not something that every statewide candidate does, especially this early in the process. I've been through a few election cycles now, and I've observed that it's the norm for statewide Democratic candidates to write off everything west of I-35.

To sum up: I'm willing to give Rick Noriega a chance, but Mikal Watts made a good first impression.

Posted by: Lubbock Left [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2007 11:32 PM

Good enough! You're probably the first positive impression I've heard. I'm part of Keep Austin Blue and we've invited him to speak, so far no show. However, I still would like to hear him.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2007 07:26 PM

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