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In Texas, Tea Party Swings Like Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth and the Texas Tea Party

As the Republican primary election season gets underway the establishment media is already claiming that the Tea Party movement is a waning force because not all of the candidates backed by the limited government constitutional conservative movement have won their primaries.

Not even Babe Ruth batted 100 percent and the media is playing the establishment’s game by setting up the false standard of a perfect season as the standard of success.

In yesterday’s Texas Republican primary not all tea party backed candidates won and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, two of the most powerful Texans in Washington, clobbered their longshot challengers as the San Antonia Express-News put it. 

But especially in the Texas state races other anti-establishment candidates knocked out or were seriously threatening establishment Republicans by forcing run-off elections in much the same manner as constitutionalist firebrand and Tea Party inspiration Senator Ted Cruz did in 2012.

"In Texas, we will show the rest of the country what it means to be conservative," said GOP state Sen. Dan Patrick, who forced longtime Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into a runoff, less than two years after Cruz beat Dewhurst in the Senate primary.

With nearly 70 percent of statewide precincts counted, Patrick held a commanding lead over Dewhurst and two other candidates. He breezed to a large lead over Dewhurst in several of the most populous counties in the state, including Harris, Bexar and Tarrant.

Patrick also held early voting leads in Lubbock, Montgomery and Brazoria counties, state data show.

But establishment Republican Texas House Speaker Joe Straus fought off a second challenge from limited government constitutional conservative Matt Beebe to retain his seat in the Texas House.

George P. Bush, the grandson of one establishment Republican president and nephew of another, was victorious in the Republican primary race for an open Texas Land Commissioner seat.

And none of the incumbent establishment Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation was defeated, despite strong challenges on the issues from limited government constitutional conservative candidates.

However, the Associated Press has called that the US House District 4 race will head to a May runoff, with the incumbent Republican Rep. Ralph Hall leading self-funding challenger attorney John Ratcliffe by 45 percent to 30 percent. The low turnout in Texas's GOP primary runoff elections often favors more conservative candidates, which could benefit Ratcliffe, who, although he avoids the Tea Party label, has been running to Hall's right.

But in the high profile Texas state Senate District 10 race Tea Party backed candidate Konni Burton is leading in the GOP primary and in the Texas House District 10 race Tea Party back candidate T.J. Fabby was the top vote-getter although it looks like a run-off is in the making as well.

And in the Texas Railroad Commissioner race Tea Party backed candidate Wayne Christian booked more than half a million votes and holds a commanding lead for that statewide office.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of the Tea Party backed candidates and their primary election results, but the point is this – the Tea Party is building a movement, and they get the lesson of Babe Ruth’s 1927 season.

As CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie recounts in his new book TAKEOVER, that year the Bambino led the major leagues with sixty home runs, but he also led in strikeouts with eighty-nine. 

The grassroots activists of the Tea Party realize that to build a movement they must not be worried about how the establishment, the press, and others will view them if they lose. They understand that if you expected to hit a lot of home runs, you have to expect to strike out a lot and, win or lose, simply by fielding candidates and running campaigns they are building the human capital of the movement and readying themselves for the next election.

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important upcoming winnable primaries

Dave Brat to oust amnesty peddling, bailout recidivist, budget busting Eric Cantor in Virginia 7th district.

Frank Roche to defeat amnesty peddling, big spending, Boehner lackey Renee Ellmers in North Carolina 2nd district.

If you are in these districts, volunteer, send money, get out the vote, make it happen.

If you are outside these districts, volunteer, send money, contact your friends and colleagues in these districts. Make it happen.

Nobody can afford to sit out these primaries and then complain about the establishment goons currently running our country.

Cornyn (ugh) wins again

Our most sincere apologies for letting Cornyn back in. I guess the upside is that unlike a straight democrat, he sides with the conservatives at least part of the time. SO, we'll vote for him in the general election rather than assigning another proxy vote to Reid and Obama. There were a lot of negative ads run against tea party candidates which was a bit of a surprise, but I guess they worked in a few cases.

But be certain- this is where we have to win the hearts of voters- in the primaries. I now plan to spend the rest of my time contributing to races that will oust Lindsey Graham, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell. Odd thing in Kentucky is that his Democrat opponent seems to have found the republican voter list and e-mailed asking for money to defeat McConnell. You had to search awfully hard to find out she was a democrat. Her e-mails spoke of conservative values, etc. Sort of underhanded. Very sneaky.