Sunday, June 06, 2004

Whatever Happened to the Democratic Party in Texas

In 1987 I had only been in Texas a short time. Texas had a Republican for Governor (Bill Clements), but Mark White had been the previous Governor, Bill Hobby was the Lt. Governor, Lloyd Bentsen was U.S Senator, Jim Hightower, for God's sake, was the Ag Commissioner, Jim Wright was the Speaker of the US House or Representatives. I am not sure (I could easily research this but am too lazy right now) but I think both legislative houses in Texas at this time were Democratic also.

Sometime in 1987 my wife and I went to a barbeque in Austin at Jim Hightower's ranch. Many of the big-time Texas Democrats were there. They had a real stump out in the yard for candidates to stand up and give speeches on. Jim Wright was there. I'm pretty sure Gary Mauro was there, Ann Richards, and Morgan Fairchild. Lot's of Austin bands played including Asleep at the Wheel (if I am not mixing events up). Anyway, we had a lot of fun - or at least I had a lot of fun. I don't think my wife had as much fun.

So Bubba, you ask, what is your point? My point here is that once the Democrats had a vibrant party and won lots of statewide races. They even got pseudo-socialist corporation haters like Hightower elected to statewide office. Now days it is hard to find people to stand up in public and say they are Democrats. What the hell happened?