Inside Intelligence: What Would It Take...

We started off this week's survey of political and government insiders by asking why Texas congressman Ron Paul can't get into the front position in the GOP presidential primary. The overwhelming answer? His ideas, according to 78 percent of the insiders. Another 6 percent blamed his age (Paul is 76 years old); 4 percent put the blame on his competition, and 1 percent blamed the media.

We asked when Texas Democrats will become competitive in statewide elections (they haven't won one since 1994). A scant 3 percent of the insiders think that will happen this is the ...

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