Surprise! Obama Popular in Texas

I noticed that Memeorandum linked my post about Obama’s support in the Hamptons being non-existant these days. Along with my article they linked to ThinkProgress and a piece by Matthew Yglesias, who says Barack Obama is “surprisingly popular in Texas.” He described the Hamptons article by Richard Cohen as drawing “a sweeping conclusion about American politics,” but I didn’t see that at all, and I’m wondering just how “popular” Obama is in Texas, and how “significant” the “pockets of enthusiasm” are for Obama, since we are talking about “sweeping conclusions.” Read Hamptons Lost to Obama: Democrats Dismayed by Lack of Leadership here. See an UPDATE below.

Texas Red

Yglesias at Think Progress:

I’m prepared to say that I was surprised to discover substantial pockets of enthusiasm for President Obama among the population of Texas. Not Austin hipsters, either. Decent grownup family people. White southerners with accents, even. Frustrated, to be sure, with the overall situation but also alarmed by the extremism of a Michelle Bachmann and generally inclined to see today’s problems as part of the Bush legacy. If I were to generalize from the sample of people I happened to discuss national politics with, I’d say that Rick Perry is in a surprising amount of trouble in his home state.

UPDATE: Conservative artist David Lemon left the following comment on this article, and I think it will interest you:

I talk to an artist friend of mine in Texas, and he’s slam bang ready to vote the bum out of the Whitehouse.. My artist liberal friend in Oklahoma, a native American, is ready to vote the bum out of the Whitehouse as well. He was a staunch supporter of Obama up until this last January…

My liberal gallery owner in Tahoe and his extreme liberal girlfriend, are both ready for a big change in the Whitehouse.. so maybe things have turned…

I’ve never claimed all Texans were smart and Conservative, but I will say, Texas will not go blue, and I don’t think the Hamptons or Manhattan will go red, but…but…the wealthy Manhattanites Cohen referred to may not be so eager to fund the Obama campaign in the big way they did in 2008. The Memeorandum conversation is happening here. UDATE: Stacy McCain has this story and notes that the Liberal view of Obama’s lack of leadership and political skills doesn’t mean they “get it,” that “Obama is failing because Liberalism doesn’t work.” Read CalMark’s comment at The Other McCain.

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  • I don’t see how it can be turned blue. There is too much red.

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  • I talk to an artist friend of mine in Texas, and he’s slam bang ready to vote the bum out of the Whitehouse.. My artist liberal friend in Oaklahoma, a native American, is ready to vote the bum out of the Whitehouse as well. He was a staunch supporter of Obama up until this last January…
    My liberal gallery owner in Tahoe and his extrem liberal girlfriend, are both ready for a big change in the Whitehouse.. so maybe things have turned…

  • Take note that most of the Obamabots are located on the boarder. They have accents for sure but it is not what would be considered American southern, more Central American and more frankly Mexican.
    Yes and then there are some around the Gulf Coast who speak with “Valley” accents, you know where the voice goes up at the end of the sentence almost as if they are questioning what they said. Also the Libs from Colo who got tired of the cold and moved to the Gulf Coast for the climate but sit and bitch about the weather in Texas and talk incessantly about how good things were back home. NC is full of the same type but they call them Floridiots or Florida yankees or halfbacks.
    Yep, that’s the “blue” folks in Texas and you’ll find dang few REAL Texan’s in the bunch.

  • I don’t think we are in danger of Texas going blue. I think much of the support is from the supposedly nonvoting illegal community.

  • newton

    Sure, Obama is “popular” in TX…

    … the same way the bubonic plague was “popular” in Western Europe during the Middle Ages…