A Fight for the Texas Democrats

Inside the Democratic challengers' battle to win blue votes in the big red state of Texas

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Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama speaks to supporters during a rally at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas

If the battle of Obama vs. Clinton were being told by a Hollywood filmmaker instead of by the muse of history, the opening scene would be set beneath the spreading pecan trees of the Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas. Of all the beer joints in all the world, this venerable watering hole near the state capitol may come closest to the heart of Texas' Democratic Party. Liberals have been hatching plans here since Lyndon Johnson was a big-eared kid, and for a few months in 1972, it was the venue of choice for the young organizers of George McGovern's...