Texas Republicans Are Freaking Out About 2020 Losses Already

The Republican Party of Texas is in panic mode.

Shocked by the results of the 2018 midterm elections that saw the GOP lose a record number of seats in the House, and by the close race that saw incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R) almost lose his seat to rising star Beto O’Rourke (D), the Texas GOP is taking steps to fight for their lives in 2020.

According to POLITICO, the Texas Republican Party has massive fundraising goals for next year’s elections. They are now desperately trying to hang on to congressional seats in a former red state that is now seeing huge demographic changes which threaten the GOP’s dominance.

If these trends continue, Texas could soon turn into a blue state, and the mere thought of that is enough to send Texas Republicans into panic mode.

The POLITICO report said:

“Facing a rapidly changing voter base, anti-Trump fervor and a more motivated Democratic Party, the state GOP is moving earlier than ever to prepare after watching two House members lose in 2018 and another half-dozen win by fewer than 5 points.” read more

GOP Strategist: Trump Has Killed the Republican Party

Rick Tyler on MSNBC

Appearing on MSNBC, GOP strategist Rick Tyler said he was extremely upset at what he heard from Donald Trump during his speech at CPAC. But even more disturbing, Tyler said, was the enthusiastic reception the president was received from the crowd. As the National Spokesman and Communications Director for Cruz for President, Rick was a senior member of Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign team.

“It’s interesting about CPAC,” Tyler said. “It used to be the confab of conservatives who would get together once a year but it’s not CPAC anymore — it hasn’t been since 2016. It’s now Trump-pac and should be TPAC.”

“The people there talk about being pro-tariffs, anti-justice, anti-law enforcement, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, pro-Russia, pro-autocrat,” he continued. “It’s unrecognizable what Donald Trump has done to the party and what he’s done to the conservative movement — it’s a shame.”

When asked, “What can be done to resurrect the Republican Party as it was — or is that gone?” Tyler said the party is dead.

“Rest in peace,” he lamented, adding:

“No, it’s over. The problem is that the Republican Party has no grounding governing philosophy anymore because they’ve signed on to all these things as I just mentioned that were antithetical to the conservative movement.” read more

Texas Pastors Say Democrats Are ‘A Godless Party’

Many Republicans are unhappy about the midterm election results, which saw Democrats taking back control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Many Republicans believe that Democrats are misguided and all of their policies are wrong.

But for some Republicans saying Democrats are wrong is not going far enough.

Several white Christian Republican pastors in Texas are now saying that the Democratic Party is “godless” and Democrats themselves are “evil.”

Mega church Pastor Dr. Ed Young, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention said that the Democratic Party is “some kind of religion that is basically godless” during a speech he delivered at Congressman John Culberson’s election watch party Tuesday night. Culberson was a GOP incumbent who lost his House seat in Texas during this year’s Blue Wave. Young’s remarks were mae after Rep. Culberson gave his concession speech.

And Young is not the only white Republican Texas Christian pastor expressing those kinds of sentiments. Republican anti-LGBT rights activist Dave Welch, who is leader of the Houston-based Texas Pastor Council, wrote in a Friday column that Young is right — secular Democrats are a “godless party” that embraces legal abortion and “moral anarchy.”

Before the election another Texas pastor, Bob Long of prophecy-driven Rally Call Ministries, wrote that he had a vision of a demonic attack on the election by “supernatural evil.” Long was chosen by Texas Republican lawmakers to leads prayer services in the Texas Capitol.

There is an electoral divide in America. We are divided by race, by sex, by geography and increasingly by religion. And Evangelical Christians from all denominations and races are sharply divided over what their message should be. Do they preach morality and evangelical political power and

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In Texas Senate showdown, Beto O’Rourke faces off against Ted Cruz

(Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke faces a key test on Tuesday when he faces off in his second debate with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, as recent opinion polls show the Republican incumbent pulling away from his liberal challenger for the Texas seat.

O’Rourke has captured national attention and set a Senate fund-raising record with $38 million in third-quarter donations, more than triple Cruz’s.

Democrats nationally have seen the race as a chance at one of the two seats they need to win in congressional elections on Nov.6 to take a majority in the Senate and more effectively counter President Donald Trump.

But a series of recent polls showing the first-term incumbent Cruz with a solid lead suggests the national enthusiasm reflected in media profiles and donations may not be as strong in Republican-leaning Texas, which has not elected a Democratic U.S. Senator in three decades.

That leaves the San Antonio debate, which will be broadcast live throughout the state, as a key opportunity for former punk rocker O’Rourke to convince Texans of his message.

Cruz has painted O’Rourke, who favors a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, opposes building a wall along the border with Mexico, and supports some gun-control measures, as too radical for Texas.

O’Rourke has blasted Cruz for supporting massive deportations of illegal immigrants. He has also criticized Cruz for supporting Trump’s trade policies, which he said have hurt the Texas economy.

The momentum may have turned in Cruz’s favor since the two squared off in Dallas last month, against the backdrop of the debate over Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

At the time, Cruz argued for swift confirmation of the lifetime position, while O’Rourke joined a chorus of Democrats calling for an FBI investigation into accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted another student while he was in high school.

Following raucous hearings, Kavanaugh was confirmed early this month in a 50-48 vote that firmly solidified the court’s 5-4 conservative majority.

Trump and Senate campaign leaders have trumpeted that victory, and plans to nominate more conservatives to lower tiers of the federal court system, in an effort to drum up stronger turnout by Republican voters.

(Reporting by Scott Malone, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)