It was a little strange to watch from the back of the district court room on the second floor of the Milam County Courthouse as four Republicans were sworn in to office New Years Day.
As we all know by now, the Republicans won three JP seats and Dave Barkemeyer beat Frank Summers for the county judge position. The way they and all their friends were acting acted, you’da thought they had just won the Super Bowl or something.
But it’s important for these new office holders — and for interested Democrats — to remember that there were seven contested county races in November. The Republicans won four of them, one of them by only 19 votes. Democrats won the others — and by wide margins.
Not to diminish their accomplishments, but a GOP Red Tide didn’t really sweep through Milam County in 2010. They made some inroads, true … and it should be a wake-up call to Democrats all over the county.
And, while those freshly-minted Republican office holders dominated the central well of the court room, grinning at each other, taking pictures like they’d never seen the inside of the courthouse and having their day in the sun, elected Democratic office holders in Milam County still vastly out number Republicans.
That’s worth remembering.
A couple weeks after the election, a group of elected Democrats and activists met in Cameron and talked out what we will need to do to be competitive in 2012.
There are many things we need to do — from more effective fundraising to better organization — but one of the items I took to heart is that we need to do a much better job getting our message out.
Which brings me to the purpose of this blog. Using this blog, letters to the local papers and any other method I can devise, I will do my best to make sure our partisans are kept up to date on how this new “Republican Administration” is doing and to push back, where necessary.
I’ll also try to keep up with the antics of the Lege in Austin and what it means to us here in Milam County.
So, I encourage you to click on “Sign me up!” email subscription link on he right and I’ll do my best to keep you up to date and to give you the talking points you need to help push back against the Tea Party Republicans who now mistakenly believe that they own the county.