Bush III a Democrat?

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Every four years since Ann Richards, Texas Democrats scratch their heads and try to figure out how to elect a governor. Those quadrennial efforts have all come a cropper. But according to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the 20 years of Democrats wandering in the wilderness is about to end. He says fast-growing Hispanic Texas will become a "blue" state in six to eight years.

Now George P. Bush, grandson and nephew of presidents, is getting ready for a Texas race and has raised more than $1 million. But he has a dilemma: For what office? The mano-writing is on the wall. With demographics foretelling a blue Texas, it seems to me his thinking ought not to be about what office but what party. Change parties? No big deal. Used-to-be Democrats like Rick Perry have done it with alacrity and profit.

What if Spanish-fluent George III, bedazzled by his grandfather's thousand points of blue light, proclaims a blockbuster switcheroo?

Improbable? No more so than LBJ's surprise announcement in March 1968: "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president."

-- Don Woodard Sr.,

Fort Worth

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