Analysis: A Movable Definition of Conservative

Jane Nelson was considered a “crazy right-winger” when she was elected to the Texas Senate in 1992.

The pejorative was attached to anyone entering the sacred space of incumbent senators at the time — most of whom were Democrats.

The label was passed along from year to year as the Texas Senate became more conservative, and now some of the politicians who originally represented the leading edge of the conservative wave — like Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville — are themselves under attack for being too liberal.

The description attached to Nelson, R-Flower Mound, back in the 1990s said a lot about the makeup ...

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