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Analysis: Some Texas officials would love to redirect your attention

President Donald Trump is a master of changing subjects, benefiting from our collective tendency to forget about what happened a year ago, or a week ago, or yesterday. Ambitious politicians lower on the food chain have been taking notes.

New Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks in the Texas Senate chamber following his swearing-in in early January. Greg Abbott listens as he will become the 49th Governor of Texas on Jan. 20, 2015.

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