Politics & Government

Colin Allred, Despite What He Says, Is Not ‘Humbled’

Please. Everyone. Words have meaning.

I don’t live in District 32, so I can’t vote for either Pete Sessions or Colin Allred. If I could, though, I’d vote for Allred. That was my thinking. Sessions falls on his face too much for my taste. There was the recent deal where he placed partial blame on a woman for being murdered by her husband. There was the thing where he was caught taking a sketchy loan. There was the strip club stuff. And, of course, he’s the one who ruined the chances of the Cowboys building their stadium in Dallas. Allred, by contrast, seems like a squared-away guy. And on the big issues of our time, his positions align more with mine. Like I said, that was my thinking.

I learned today that there is one enormous and huge and super important issue on which Colin Allred and I do NOT see eye to eye. I am talking, of course, about the meaning of the word “humbled.”

News came out yesterday that the Sessions-Allred race has shifted. Sessions has been in the lead, but now, apparently, it is a “toss-up.” And what was Allred’s response? From the Morning News: “Allred said he was ‘humbled’ by the change.”

If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you know how I feel about this issue. THAT IS NOT WHAT “HUMBLED” MEANS! Steve Blow, Robert Edsel, Mike Devlin, Jay Caruso, to name a few — these are all folks who’ve faced my wrath for misusing the word “humbled.” Now Allred joins their ranks.

Allred is not humbled. If a new poll had come out that showed Sessions was a 40-point favorite in the race and that even Allred’s own wife planned to vote for Sessions, then Allred would be humbled. If Allred hopped on a Bird scooter and crashed it into Councilman Philip Kingston’s yellow Lotus, that would be humbling. As things stand, though, the underdog has apparently drawn even with his opponent. So Allred must feel emboldened. I bet he’s proud of his campaign staff. He might be astonished at how well he’s doing. But I don’t see how he’d be humbled by this news.

And for that reason, I will now have to cast my illegal vote in the District 32 race for Brett Shipp, a man who knows what “humbled” means.


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  • tl;dr version: Journalist would vote for Democrat.

    Biggest case of “not news” there ever was.

    • @zaccrain

      good comment

      • I tailor them to quality of the original article.

        • @zaccrain

          another good one


    Great post. I’m humbled to have read it!


    The following terms have very specific meanings as well, but are misused all day, every day:


  • dallasmay

    You are literally killing him over this.

    • Stop it.

      • dallasmay

        Ok. I except your position.

  • Poetaster Dallas

    I need to start sharpening my pen. Goodbye, Pete. We won’t miss you. Especially after that last horrible town meeting.

    “Ribbit” croaked Toad as he crawled from the swamp,
    “Ribbit, ribbit,” said Toad to his voters, a la trompe.
    “Ribbit this,” they replied (you could say they’re irate
    When national matters hold a life-or-death fate.)
    “What about Healthcare? School vouchers? Immigration?
    Where the heck is this President leading our nation?”
    (Suspecting fake voters eluding efforts to prohibit
    Any such dissent at event), Toad replied, “Ribbit.”
    And ignorant of perceptions that his croak lacked
    What voters were seeking. An opportunity to attract,
    Missed. Sorry Toad better hope that buddy Trump
    Has a cabinet seat to offer, a little sump’n sump’n
    For your tea party loyalty in the last election
    Let’s see if on the backside he shows you his affection.

  • Bee

    Is this satire? Let’s see…this ISN’T the time for satire. It isn’t the time for clever, faux outrage – Not when everything in politics is absurdly turned upside down. Not when the populace is lied to daily.
    Let’s shoot straight: You don’t live in 32. I do. And Colin Allred is our only choice; Our only chance at true representation. Please do not make light of that. This is important on so many fronts.
    Dems: please vote, and please vote a straight democratic ticket. Take it back.

    • Bee, you raise an interesting point about satire. But I don’t think we can let our topsy-turvy political climate kill humor (or attempts at it). I am very sincere about my “humbled” pet peeve. But I’m not going to point out something so minor without letting readers know that I’m having fun.

      You’re passionate about the District 32 race. I trust you’re applying that passion beyond this blog. Passion turned to action can make a difference.

      • Bee

        I respect that. And I’m being a wee bit disingenuous, as I do think it is time for satire – if aimed at the “right” targets. 😉
        But yes, I am passionate about this race (as well as several other races), and I’ve been doing what I can (yard signs, talking to neighbors, donating) but I do indeed need to step it up. Thanks for that reminder and thank you for the respectful reply.

  • Yes, yes, yes. We are humbled to have guessed that Meier might be the candidate to unseat Sessions and then to have seen that he got only 13 percent of the vote

  • Ed Huff

    One of your perennial posters claimed that Arlington was suckered into “financing’ sports stadiums–maybe if you feel that Sessions had something to do with the Cowboys not constructing a stadium in Dallas (although the logic there is weak)–you should thank him.

  • Elizabeth Grossman

    Yes. We all have our little pet misuse-of-language peeves. Unfortunately, unless you’re writing a book on the correct use of English words, you’re being nothing other than petty and misguided. In fact, he may have been humbled, and who are you to deny his subjective experience. Terrible piece of writing, Have you examined everyone’s use of the Oxford Coma? Have at it, lame brain!