Former Texas governor Rick Perry suggests that going days without power is a sacrifice Texans should be willing to make if it means keeping federal regulators out of the state’s power grid.
In a blog posted on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s website, Perry is quoted responding to the claim that “those watching on the left may see the situation in Texas as an opportunity to expand their top-down, radical proposals.”
“Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,” Perry is quoted as saying. “Try not to let whatever the crisis of the day is take your eye off of having a resilient grid that keeps America safe personally, economically, and strategically.”
Yeah, well, maybe? I guess what I’ve been wondering a bit if this isn’t the event that finally tips Texas firmly into the purple column. I assume that every ad Democrats run in 2022 will remind everyone of this storm (that might be an overstatement, it’s a long way off). With the college educated beginning to move more firmly into the Democratic column and with the demographics of who is moving to Texas from elsewhere, are they really going to put up with a libertarian experiment gone wrong to the point that they lose power in a storm that really shouldn’t have been that bad and 50 or so people die? Had Biden not hemorrhaged the Latino population in Texas compared to Hillary, Texas would have been quite close in 2020. Trump isn’t on the ballot in 2022.
I obviously don’t really know here. But however slowly, those demographics are moving in the direction of Democrats. And given how many people have moved to Texas from northern states that don’t let people die or get $15,000 heating bills because of 15 degree weather and a few inches of snow, it could be one of those local events with larger political implications for a long time. Or not.