Watching the Election From the Cheap Seats

It’s the same story every four years. The delegation from the second-biggest state is sitting at the back of the hall. They’re housed far away from the action.

It doesn’t matter which convention, either. The Republicans start the game this year with their national convention in Tampa, Fla. Texans are joking that a hurricane could hit the convention center without bringing rain or wind to the distant hotel where they’re staying.

Then the Democrats will meet in Charlotte, N.C., the following week. The Texans there aren't as far from home base as their Republican counterparts, but they will ...

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