Texas: Comradely Combat

One of Lyndon Johnson's favorite anecdotes concerns the Texas judge who is informed by a friend that a legislative committee has voted to abolish his bench. "Who testified against me?" demands the judge. "Well," says his friend, "there was Banker Jones." "He's usurious," snaps the magistrate. "He cheats little ol' ladies out of their life savings. Who else?" The acquaintance lists all the other witnesses, and with growing rage the judge denounces each as a scoundrel or worse. Finally the friend confesses that he has been kidding, that the committee in fact...

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