A Political showdown comes to an end in the Long Horn State. A bus loaded with runaway Texan Democrats crossed the Red River last night in its way back from Oklahoma. The Democrats had ridden out of the state earlier this week, trying to avoid voting on a Republican redistricting bill. And despite the best round ‘em up efforts of the Texas Rangers, they refused to come back until the bill had expired.
Democrats were upset because this redistricting scheme had come from Washington by the Republican House header Tom Delay. What Texans like least is Washington poking around in their back yards. But many say this latest shootout shows that Texas is no longer big enough for Republicans and Democrats, and that the time of going along and getting along between the parties is over.
Harvey Kronberg, editor of the Quorum Report
Walter Dean Burnham, chair of the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.