April 18, 2013 5:15 AM

The only thing Texas Republicans fear more than North Korea? Democrats??

One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new ‚Ä®assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons,” Abbott said. “The threat that we’re getting is the threat from the Obama administration and his political machine.

I’m not certain that North Korea could reasonably be continued a threat to American security. Yeah, Kim Jong Un’s a pain in the ass, an irritant par excellence, and the world’s biggest crybaby…but a legitimate threat? Sure, in the same way Honey BooBoo is a threat to our moral fiber and grip on reality, right?

Unfortunately, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott didn’t get that memo. Like most Texas politicians, Abbott understands that the Texas GOP is beholden to its wingnut contingent, and, like most Texas politicians, he’s become adept at speaking fluent Wingnut. In a speech that could have come straight from an appearance before a John Birch Society convention, Abbott actually said that the Democratic Party poses a far greater threat to America than North Korea. Yeah, you read that right…but keep in mind that this is Texas, where reasoned, rational political debate is frowned upon as unAmerican and the province of losers and Liberals. The only thing missing from Abbott’s special was a rambling anti-Communist screed.

While speaking to a McLennan County Republican Club lunchtime event in Waco, TX, Abbott repeatedly threw red meat to the assembled snarling crowd of Librul-haters. Evidently shaken by news that the Hermit Kingdom had targeted Austin with one of their missiles, Abbott used the Liberal group Battleground Texas to illustrate why Democrats are a bigger threat to American than North Korea. It would seem the threat Battleground Texas poses to America lies in their work to convince Texans to vote for Democrats in national elections.

Abbott has good reason to be pandering to wingnuts and trafficking in fear-mongering. Before much longer, Texas will turn purple as the Hispanic population (which votes Republican about as often as Mexico bans tequila and soccer) continues to grow faster than the White population. I can hardly wait to see how the wingnuts (and Abbott) react when that becomes a reality.

Perhaps then they’ll fear something that actually poses a threat to their dominance.

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