The Big Texas TakeawaySubmitted by CallMeAnn on Sat, 06/09/2012 - 21:33
I really want to post about a huge lesson we learned in Texas. First, no matter what you have read, the numbers are not settled. Be patient and wait for our harried and devoted organizers to finish the evaluation.
Trust us, and know that we did well. That's all I'm confident enough to say.
Here's the point of my post. What success we had was largely achieved through building bridges and coalitions. Our congressional districts are large and it's very hard to bring a straight majority. We had two of our men who had connections to the local Republican Party structure and they found out that there is an old rivalry between the largest county and one of the smaller ones in our CD. Our coodinator capitalized on that by bargaining to give them one and we took two. That sounds like a pat arrangement but every round of voting included at least six candidates to go against. There was every opportunity for vote splitting and establishment domination. It made ALL difference. The final surprise is that yes, they're all establishment, but there are rivalries to play upon.
My second point is that these relationships will continue and we will take them home to build upon. The fact that we came in with a cooperative spirit went a long way to forge good will and open minds for the future. If God gives us the opportunity to nominate Ron in Tampa, we will need all the support we can get.
So, if you don't have good majorities in your district caucuses, this is the way to maximize your presence and grow it.