Left-wing media pundit Matthew Dowd introduced Wednesday he would run for Texas lieutenant governor as a Democrat, to the derision of many and the keenness of some liberal media members and the Lincoln Project.
The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, who has by no means held workplace, stated incumbent Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, R., “places his me over our we” in his announcement video.
“We’d like extra officers who inform the reality, who consider in public providers, in widespread sense with widespread decency for the widespread good,” Dowd says within the video. “Dan Patrick believes in none of these and that’s the reason I’m working for the highly effective workplace of lieutenant governor of this nice state.”
Dowd is certainly one of quite a few former Republicans who enjoys frequent media appearances as a zealous GOP basher and dedicated liberal. Whereas now a Democrat, Dowd presupposed to be an unbiased for years regardless of clearly supporting progressive positions at each flip. The prolific tweeter can be infamous for blocking critics on the social media platform.
He left ABC Information this yr after greater than a decade as its chief political analyst, and he is made quite a few MSNBC and CNN appearances in 2021. Amongst his feedback this yr embody guessing greater than 100 million individuals could be killed by local weather change this yr and saying the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was worse than the September 11, 2001 terrorist assaults.
Dowd, a straight, white, male Christian, wrote in 2018 individuals like himself shouldn’t pursue energy to be able to make house for minorities.
“I might humbly counsel that we as white male Christians take it upon ourselves to step again and provides extra individuals who don’t appear to be us entry to the levers of energy,” he wrote, including, “As a white male Christian in America, I’m a part of a dwindling subset that has held the levers of energy politically and economically in practically each area for your complete historical past of the USA.”
Dowd’s candidacy was swiftly mocked on-line, with critics pointing to all the things from his poor political prognostication – he stated Senate Minority Leaderr Mitch McConnell was in “deep hassle” in Kentucky 2020 earlier than he went on to win by practically 20 factors – to his repute as a chameleon to his melodramatic talking and writing model. He additionally got here underneath hearth in 2019 for a misogynistic assault on Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik.
Dowd did rapidly win endorsements from such figures as ex-conservative Washington Publish blogger Jennifer Rubin, Reed Galen of the disagraced Lincoln Venture, and fellow left-wing pundit Ron Fournier.
Dowd was a Democrat early in his political profession, then turned a Republican in 1999 and was chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, after which later left the GOP and have become an “unbiased.” He rejoined the Democratic Get together this yr.
Dowd stated he’s working as a “Bob Bullock, Ann Richards Democrat,” based on the Texas Tribune, referencing the final two Democrats elected to lieutenant governor and governor in Texas within the Nineties. He attacked Patrick for his “tradition warfare” views, management on coronavirus, and dealing with of the electrical grid catastrophe this yr.