The Texas Tribune is again peddling an establishment front group set up to counter conservatives in Texas. The self-styled 'Texas Conservative Roundtable' today released it’s “scorecard” and the Texas Tribune pushed it with a pillow-soft puff piece by Ross Ramsey.
You’ll remember, when the Texas Conservative Roundtable first arrived on the scene, a Texas Tribune “news story” served as the group’s primary advertising platform.
About that time Ramsey said in a podcast that the Texas Conservative Roundtable was created as a foil for Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a proven conservative budget watchdog.
Ramsey’s candid statement about this new tool of the political establishment was evidently a little too accurate for the world of paid-for news that the Texas Tribune has brought to Texas.
In the scorecard advertisement Ramsey wrote today, the message was different, more respectful. He made sure to add that the Texas Conservative Roundtable does not consider itself a foil for anyone else.
Unsurprisingly, in The Conservative Roundtable’s “scorecard” all of the fiscal moderates were rated as fiscal conservatives and vice-versa. It’s rating are close to the opposite of it’s foil, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a proven budget watchdog.
We’ve previously written about TCR, who they are and why they were set up.
As Weston Hicks wrote today, this is a terrible time to be running as a liberal in the GOP primary, and they’ll take any help Texas Conservative Roundtable can offer on the fly.
Scorecards have existed for a long time, but have become more influential recently with the rise in voter engagement that came with the tea party awakening. It should surprise no one that moderates have set up their own bizzaro “conservative” scorecards for campaign season, the season when moderates pretend to be conservatives.