For anyone without their head dug in a sand-pit over the past three months, you can't go more than a few minutes without hearing about America's changing demographics. The minority swell; the youth bubble; the shrinking, screeching white populace: All of it has turned one party as confident as it's been in decades, and turned the other into one that is seeking to hang on by gerrymandering the Electoral College.
All of these components -- save the Electoral College inanity, thankfully -- are set to coalesce in Texas within the near future. Pundits peg Texas as the Democrats' next golden egg. Left-leaning politicians ask their constituents to hold on for just a little bit longer. Rick Perry, claiming UT would swap threads with Texas A&M before Texas went blue, seems to be one of the few voices refusing to believe what the data shows. (Suppose that jibes with his thought processes on most scientific matters, though.)
Anyway, while all of these projections remain purely theoretical, the practical is finally taking shape. A handful of close associates within the Obama 2012 campaign announced Tuesday the formation of "Battleground Texas," a nascent organization looking to translate census surveys into electoral results. Jeremy Bird, field manager during Obama's most recent election and the new senior adviser to Battleground Texas, took to the Colbert Report Wednesday to put a face to the move to flip Texas:
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Calling Bird "the man behind Obama's minority out-reacharound," Colbert tried to dig into why Democrats were "messing with Texas, [which] I believe is unconstitutional."
"This is definitely more than bluster. What we're going to do is go out and expand the electorate," said Bird, who had previously pointed to successes within Florida as reason to posit success in Texas. "Anybody who wants to be our Commander-in-Chief -- they have to fight for Texas."
Bird ran through a handful of pertinent statistics -- Hispanic registration, contraposed with Hispanic interaction -- prompting Colbert to prick at Bird's true racial intentions. "What do you mean, 'These demographic shifts are happening?'" Colbert asked. "That's just liberal euphamisms for Hispanics and black people, right? Because you guys are uncomfortable talking about minorities, you always say, 'Oh, some of my best friends are demographics.'"
And, indeed, while some of Hair Balls's best friends are demographics, that doesn't distract from the fact that every population shift -- as Republicans are aged out, as minority-majorities become commonplace across the state -- points to the Democrats' wheelhouse. This interview was Bird's first national stab at something that had only been fantasy a few cycles prior. Now, just over four years gone from a crimson-red Texan occupying the White House, Democrats are taking talks of flipping the Lone Star State from pipe dream to infrastructure, and from theory to practice. And it's only just begun.