Let Me Sum Up
Listen up, white people. I don’t like you, and you don’t like me. But we need to come to an understanding.
Many of you — especially you media types — have it in for our district attorney, Craig Watkins. It’s okay to admit it. He drives you crazy. I get that.
It’s because Watkins has near total disregard for what most people consider “the rules of the game.” This drives you, aggrieved white person, absolutely bonkers.
Watkins’ brand in the community is that of an ultimate protector. He puts away criminals, and he frees people who are wrongly accused.
White people love nothing more than they love rules. Because by the strict application of rules, one can achieve “fairness,” which is best defined as “a state of equilibrium wherein the natural disparity between poor people and everyone else is maintained in a nonviolent manner.”
I like this state of things too. Such a state has been good for me. Through it, I’ve managed to live a pretty comfortable life, even though I contribute nothing of value to the world. Any such system is perfectly keen with me.
But the problem is that, because we only interact with other white people, we think this outrage at someone not following the rules is universal. Yet it most certainly is not.
All that is preamble as to why former Dallas GOP Chairman Jonathan Neerman today hashtagged this as Watlkins’ #worstweekever: A series of stories and reports that, to the untrained eye, weaken Watkins and make him vulnerable in the next election. (Reread these stories here, here and here.)
This, white people, is where you’re wrong.
This is not my protecting someone with whom I used to work. Watkins has shut off just about everyone who has his best interest at heart but who doesn’t tell him what he wants to hear, and that includes me.
Like many who worked on his campaign or in his office, I weathered his mood swings and put up with certain people who have his ear because Watkins has done and can still do great work. He’s magnetic, thoughtful and passionate. One-on-one, he is a stand-up, smart guy who listens to reason. Like everyone who used to work with him, I kinda love the guy, like you love a talented but mischievous teenager.
And it’s not me, Mr. Media Critic, poking holes in these supposedly damaging stories — which is easy to do. (Example: Anything having to do with our Tea Party attorney general is political and irrelevant; anything with Byron Harris’ name attached is discounted; anything that smacks of lawyers trying to win debate points generally has the sticking power of dry spaghetti; and so forth.)
This is me, white dude who sees how southern Dallas reacts to Watkins. And if you think these cuts are drawing blood “among the base,” you’re projecting. Let me put this in terms you can understand: Watkins’ brand in the community is that of an ultimate protector. He puts away criminals, and he frees people who are wrongly accused.
That’s it. That’s all you need to know.
Oh, you think because the media or the GOP says he’s doing bad things, that means the community should turn its back on him? You mean the same media and GOP whose brand is protector of those who put innocent people in jail in the first place? Tell me how that theory works out for you.
I’m not saying Watkins is unbeatable in the next election, if that’s your Holy Grail. He’s prone to listen to the wrong people and therefore will do and say dumb things. But he shot at his foot as many times as he could last time and still won.
I don’t think a former Republican judge who is now a Democrat is the answer. I can envision one scenario — a tough, smart black woman, perhaps a corporate lawyer, lifelong Democrat — who could possibly beat him in a primary. But until that person emerges, you can work yourselves into a proper froth all you want. Watkins isn’t going anywhere soon.
Yea, bicycles! But Angela Hunt wants more!
I don’t understand why we want to stop the conspiracy nut jobs from spouting JFK nonsense. It’s far more entertaining than anything the Dallas Morning News is doing for its JFK’s Murder at 50 series.
One hundred percent want cake, eat it, too.