This month, turning Texas blue is front and center on our state's famous monthly magazine. The cover, a striking image of three Democratic Texas stars, is undoubtably the best since the classic Ann “White Hot Mama” Richards one in 1992.
Check it out below the jump.
Yup, those are Sen. Davis' famous pink Mizunos:
The accompanying article by Robert Draper is definitely worth a read. It's all about the “spring” in Texas Democrats' step, doing a great job of showing the many moving pieces of Texas Democrats' future. The possibilities for each of the three deeply promising politicians on the cover are explored in depth. So is the development of Battleground Texas and the tectonic demographic shifts taking place here.
There's this prize quote from Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri: “If I all of a sudden see a statewide slate of Democrats, and they're well-funded, and Battleground Texas is able to give them their infrastructure, and those are competitive races-say, one candidate loses 52-48 and another loses 53-47-then I'll go from being concerned to being alarmed.” The “concerned” Munisteri has already sent out a fearful letter to Texas Republicans warning of “dark arts” that can “forever change the landscape of Texas and America”. The alarm the Republicans are ringing sounds a little bit more than “concerned”.
Draper's article is nuanced in its exploration of the light Democrats see at the end of the tunnel. At core is the question of when Texas really can vote blue and how best to get it there. Should the Castro brothers run sooner rather than later? Should Wendy Davis seize this moment and run in 2014? How much money will it take to launch the voter turnout efforts Democrats require?
Whatever your answer to the above questions, it's impossible not to feel the recent Democratic surge in Texas.