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Harvey Kronberg has a very interesting piece in News8Austin today.
As Charles Kuffner and I have already pointed out, Bonilla wasn't going to win if redistricting hadn't happened. So, exactly how does Bonilla's loss say much about DeLay and his construction skills? Kronberg never really does tell us. Hrm.
Last week, the House that Tom DeLay built finished collapsing. The San Antonio-based congressional runoff between seven-term Republican incumbent Henry Bonilla and Democrat Ciro Rodriguez marked the end.
I mean, I get the idea that Bonilla's loss means that the DeLay-backed redistricting nets one less seat for the GOP. But, what really supports a statement like: "the House that Tom DeLay built finished collapsing." Nothing as far as I can see, except that Kronberg is not a DeLay fan.
Next odd statement from Kronberg:
In terms of overall spending in the runoff alone, Bonilla and Rodriguez actually spent relatively similar amounts, once you factor in the independent expenditures that the DCCC made on behalf of Rodriguez. Perhaps this is what Kronberg meant when he says that there was "massive help from national and local Democrats," but it certainly leaves the point rather blunted.
Rodriguez was not a great candidate and he had only a fraction the money of his opponent. On paper, he should have lost. But with President Bush at 40 percent in Texas combined with the anti-border votes of the GOP congressional majority, the winds were at the back of the victorious Rodriguez. With massive help from national and local Democrats matched with an unusually low Republican turnout, Rodriguez simply rolled over Bonilla.
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