The Nation: Spring Cleaning in Texas

There are two things a man should never be forced to see: how the meat packers make sausage and how Texas politicians make their daily bread.

That hill-country heehaw is no longer a laughing matter. After a series of messy political scandals, restive Texans turned out last week for the state primary in record numbers and shook the conservative Democratic establishment from top to bottom. When the spring cleaning was over, the discard pile included Governor Preston Smith, Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes, 78 state legislators and scores of other veteran local officeholders.

Bright, blue-eyed Ben Barnes, 34, was the most astonishing...

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