Two Different Parties, Two Very Different Moods

Texas Democrats are trying to attract voters, financiers and candidates. They’re in the desert, stuck in endless ruminations about what might bring them back. Superstar candidates? Rich ideologues? Fractious Republicans? Demographic changes?

Texas Republicans are trying to hold their coalitions together, to keep their voters and their financiers and their candidates inside their big tent. They’re in a political land of plenty, fighting one another over the spoils and bickering over who is true to which conservative orthodoxies. Tea Party? Movement conservative? Traditional Republicans?

The Democrats are reorganizing. They just elected a new chairman, Gilberto Hinojosa, the first ...

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