Looks like Rick Perry and I agree on something.

From the New York Times' "Re-elected Texas Governor Sounding Like a Candidate":
And in defending states’ rights, [Perry] writes: “Texans, on the other hand, elect folks like me. You know the type, the kind of guy who goes jogging in the morning, packing a Ruger .380 with laser sights and loaded with hollow-point bullets, and shoots a coyote that is threatening his daughter’s dog.”
I wrote this two days ago:
No, it wasn't a year for incumbent Democrats, but what can you expect from a state full of trophy hunters? Texans know what big game looks like and have an uncanny attraction to shiny objects. We prefer our candidates to come in special packages with leather trim and low mileage and who carry guns when they go jogging because we think that makes them special, like a King Ranch edition of Ford truck.
And this yesterday:
We live in Texas. Texans don't vote for suits, they vote for dudes who go skeet shooting. Even if those dudes are terrible Governors, "they go skeet shooting" is the takeaway that most people will remember.
Like it or not, Democrats, it's time to accept this reality and, gosh, I don't know, work with it.

Update: Texas Observer's Bob Moser zeroes in on how I've been feeling:
A few years back, when Southern Democrats everywhere were suffering much the same way Texas Democrats are today, I asked an organizer friend in North Carolina: What's the remedy for the Democrats' inability to beat the Republicans down South?
"Well, sh-t," he said. "They could try being Democrats."
A crushing defeat like Democrats suffered on Tuesday in Texas is also an opportunity. With nothing to lose, damn near literally, the Texas Democrats have a chance to build a new party from the bottom-up. If they can emphasize organizing over "strategy," if they can rethink their whole idea of what makes a good candidate and a good campaign, if they can convey a hearty belief in what their party stands for (aside from a different brand of fiscal conservatism), this state might yet have a two-party system. But it ain't going to happen tomorrow. Old habits die hard.

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