A first page New York Times Saturday’s story by Reid Epstein managed to wrap 18 hostile ideological labels into an 1,800-word story on a theme infamously familiar to the newspaper – how far Texas clashes with the politically-controlled “right” of the GOP – in “Can Texas turn any further to the right? Top 2 Republicans say it’s possible. ”
The newspaper publishes versions of this same story every week now, often on the front page, leading NewsBusters to make the same observation: is there room “on the right” for Texas to move now, since the State has supposedly been in this direction since at least 2009?
the Time in recent years has somewhat slowed down its obsessive ‘conservative’ labeling, but Epstein’s article is a tribute to that time: in addition to the twelve “conservative” labels in the text, two “rights” in the title and two “extreme right”, one “extreme right” and one “ right “In history. These figures do not even include the documents cited.
Epstein focused his hostility on the creepy duo of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
One is a former state Supreme Court judge who acts with the prudence of a lawyer; the other a hot Trumpist who started his political career in the world of conservative radio talk. They have fought at times, more recently this winter, over the fatal outage of their state’s electricity grid.
But together, Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, the two most powerful men in Texas, are the driving force behind one of toughest right turns in recent state history.
The two Republicans are united at a pivotal moment in Texas politics, opposing Democrats who left state for Washington to protest the GOP-controlled legislature’s attempt to overhaul the electoral system of the State – preventing Republicans from advancing bills on Mr Abbott’s desk. All policy differences between Governor and Lieutenant Governor have blurred in the face of the realities of today’s Republican Party, with a base devoted to former President Donald J. Trump and insisting on uncompromising politics. conservative agenda.
“The Lieutenant Governor reads the playbook of the far right, and that’s where we’re going, ”said State Senator Kel Seliger, a moderate Republican from Amarillo. “The governor less, but not much less. “
Mr Abbott, 63, a lawyer who has held or campaigned for a statewide post since 1996, has moved to the right as he prepares for re-election next year which will involve the first tough Republican primary he’s ever encountered. As Texas voters broadly endorse his leadership and he sits on a $ 55 million war chest, far-right activists and lawmakers complained about his perceived political moderation….
the Time rarely, if ever, abandons the term “far left” to describe an American political situation.
Both leaders are well aware of what the Republican base wants: stricter abortion laws. Elimination of most firearms regulations. Anti-transgender measures. Rules on how schools teach racism. Most importantly, there is Mr. Trump’s top priority: sweeping new laws restricting voting and expanding the power of partisan lawmakers over elections.
Epstein’s hysteria is paranoid fun:
Mr Abbott and Mr Patrick have occasionally argued in recent years over how far to go right to take Texas….