Kathy Haigler was our 2nd hour guest on The Christian Politician radio talk show on yesterday. She gave some fabulous yet disturbing statistics that reveal a very real problem with the Harris County Republican Party. These statistics give us a major key to why the Democrats feel they have the right to label Harris County "blue".
It's not only the fact that they pretty much swept the election of November 4, 2008. But when you study the simple but telling numbers dealing with precinct chair vacancies within the county, party vs. party, you suddenly understand that on the line of scrimmage of local politics, the D's are controlling purely through numbers and effort.
Digest these numbers:
Senatorial District 4, the GOP has a 39.3% pct.chair vacancy rate vs. the D's 21.4% vacancy rate, in a 67% GOP voting district.
Senatorial District 6, the GOP has a 78% pct. chair vacancy rate vs. the D's 55.3% vacancy rate, in a 37% GOP voting district.
Senatorial District 7, the GOP has a 22.6% pct. chair vacancy rate vs. the D's 20.1% vacancy rate, in a 73% GOP voting district.
Senatorial District 11, the GOP has a 40.5% pct. chair vacancy rate vs. the D's 13.5% vacancy rate in a 64% GOP voting district.
Senatorial District 13, the GOP has a 66.1% pct. chair vacancy rate vs. the D's 26.1% vacancy rate, in a 28% GOP voting district.
Senatorial District 15, the GOP has 60.4% pct. chair vacancy rate vs. the D's 32.9% vacancy rate, in a 48% GOP voting district.
Senatorial District 17, the GOP has 34.2% pct. chair vacancy rate vs. the D's 12.7% vacancy rate, in a 60% GOP voting district.
County wide party vs. party, the GOP has a 48.7% pct. chair vacancy rate while the D's have a 26% vacancy rate.
The GOP can't have, nor can they reasonably expect to have a "grassroots movement' in the immediate and distant future when they don't even have roots in the grass! The precinct chairs are expected to be the front line activist of a political party. The Democrats are more active, more effective, more dangerous, more successful because they have the most essential component of activism in place -- the brigades of precinct chairs. The GOP does not!
In a fit of denial, our leadership can continually point to the "Obama Tsunami" as the reason why Harris County has "flipped". But the "Truth in Black & Right" is that the political infrastructure conditions on the ground in Harris County were ripe for a small wave to flood the electorate, never mind a tsunami!
Despite all of this, remember: It's Cool To Be In The GOP!
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