Today's GOP primary in Texas follows nasty campaigns

Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Commandment - "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" -  has been left in tatters in the run-up to today's GOP primary in Texas. Some of the campaigning has been truly nasty. That's particularly been the case in the race for the senate seat of retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. The two frontrunners, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, have called each other liars in television ads. Some observers say the attack ads are part of a "blood sport" political culture in Texas, while others say the personal attacks have been the invariable consequence of conservatives -- who differed little politically -- trying to distinguish themselves from their opponents. One theme pervading all of the campaigns: Who is the most conservative in red state Texas? As Associated Press reporter Chris Tomlinson explains in an insightful article: The story line on the Republican Senate race in Texas is a now familiar one: A...(Read Full Post)