The major media is many things, but at the top of the list, quite predictable! We could predict that all the major papers would endorse Bill White, while the voters endorsed Rick Perry, and it happened.
At the December (2010) State Republican Executive Committee meetings, one of the items in our folder was a "Press Packet". What do you expect the press would be talking about in the wake of the Texas shellacking of Democrat state house candidates? Well, they were talking about a spirited debate between two of my fellow SREC members regarding the Republican Speaker (of the House) race, and almost miraculously, they managed to conjure up a spirit of anti-semitism, which was immediately embraced by our more radical Democrat blogger friends:
So here's my take. As a new SREC member (who started in June, 2010), I'm still idealistic about representing SD-14 constituents, as opposed to airing my own opinions, and fortuitously my opinions have lined up nicely with my constituents' demands (so far, those I've heard from want a more conservative speaker, and not Straus). There was some debate at the last Travis Executive Committee meeting regarding asking our outstanding chairman, Dr. Rosemary Edwards, to sign a letter asking for a more conservative speaker, on behalf of the Travis GOP, but there was a clear consensus for her to do so - and she did.
But what's the real story here? In my view, the real news - which the media still can't bring themselves to accept - is that the Tea Party pushed the GOP to big gains, and we're going to have a great 2011 session no matter who the Texas Speaker is!
Oh yeah, and there's that incredible accomplishment of the new Texas GOP, under Chairman Steve Munisteri's leadership, eliminating a huge debt AND contributing campaign resources to GOP victories, in just months after Steve took over as Chair. That, in fact, is real news. But it's so good for the GOP, can the major media stomach it? We'll see. Isn't it great that our political activism, and successes, exist in comfortable independence from a biased media?