In Texas Monthly, Robert Draper pens the cover story on the steady decline of Democrats in the Lone Star State, and how maybe - just maybe - demography and a few politicians could turn things around. Of course, as keen observers of Texas politics have noted, those things are nice, but without $30 million to drop on statewide campaigns all this is nothing by a Democratic dream.
Regardless, Draper's article, The Life and Death (and Life?) of the Party, is worth a look. This section in particular should ring familiar to followers of Alabama politics:
"Wendy Davis was born in 1963, a year that marked the apogee of Democratic dominance in Texas. A Democrat named John Connally was governor, and by year’s end, a Democrat named Lyndon Johnson would occupy the White House. State and local elections featured two types of politicians: liberal Democrats and conservative Democrats. The state’s senators were Ralph Yarborough, a populist who today would find himself to the left of just about everyone in the U.S. Senate, and John Tower, the first Republican to hold that seat in almost a century. No Republican had won the Governor’s Mansion since 1874.
"Fifty years later, the Texas Democratic Party has been reduced to irrelevance. The party has not won a statewide election since 1994 and in recent years has struggled to even field a slate of respectable candidates. How did this happen?"