Take a look at the full report. I think you'll see that it's a very in depth and pretty accurate overview of the real state of the races in Texas. Bell is listed as Likely Republican if you checked out the spreadsheet which is really useful than just going off the commentary which is more of an addendum to the rankings.
Don't worry, wasn't taken as such.
Though I wish the statement "through everything the Texas Democratic Party has at these races" had more umph behind it. At times I feel like it's throwing an cardboard box instead of a brick.
I know some people will disagree with certain rankings, but each is made to be a realistic indicator of where things are today. As explained in the methodology post linked at the beginning, we believe and hope that we can shift many of these races leftward by election day (and many will) but that this is the lay of the land now.
It's really an experience down here. Living in the center of Austin, we got to see firsthand that even what could be called a swing part of this state, Donna Howard won a special election in the western part of Travis County (58%) this spring but did it without making a heavy emphasis on the partisan nature of the race. You have to know what works in different parts of Texas (and Courage's district overlaps a lot of Howard's House seat).
I wish we were some midwestern state. Believe me, we don't try to run away from the Democratic label in Texas, but we also would like to not have our party fall even farther apart. We have state house seats that are held by Democrats that are 70% Republican. I guess for some people, national standards of purity come before winning.
That is John's voice (and it's a damned good one that rivals most radio personalities down here). He was asked to do the voice over after a volunteer pitched the concept and script as far as I know. I don't think anyone did it with the intention of it getting sliced and diced by you on MyDD, but if it had I'm sure more would have been taken into mind to satisfy certain 'requirements' here.
It's not running on TV in part because it's too early and it's not cute for a TV spot (plus Austin and San Antonio airtime is not the cheapest). It's been produced as a webad so consider that.
Did you even read this post? The ad isn't a production of the DLC or consultants. Courage has actually run a race that is far from that, using local folks and quality people that are part of the solution, not the problem.
The ad was produced by a volunteer of the campaign, not even prompted by Courage, and for that, I think it's pretty damn good in terms of the production. Hell, it didn't cost the campaign a dime and it's raised thousands already down here thanks to e-mail and the web. How much did that Darcy ad cost, huh?
Know what you are talking about first before making assumptions.
Chill ok? A lot of people work hard a long time on this and you can give them 24 hours to digest.
There is plenty of time until November. Do your part, we'll do ours. Not knocking the Lamont movement would help your cause in keeping people upbeat and willing to start doing everything else. The "ok shut up and now move on to my race" mentality is annoying.