Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

Long-Shot Beto

(Roman Genn)
National media and Texas Democrats convinced themselves they had a winner

Way back in 1996, a little-known high-school teacher named Victor Morales won the Texas Demo­cratic Senate primary. He beat two better-known and better-funded members of Congress, John Bryant and Jim Chapman Jr., and Morales was the first non-white candidate for Senate to win the nomination of either party in state history. The media were enraptured with the tale of a humble teacher who put 60,000 miles onto the odometer of his dented white pickup, crisscrossing Texas, taking on incumbent GOP senator Phil Gramm.

Richard Estrada of the Dallas Morning News wrote that “Morales fairly oozes sincerity. He is the consummate outsider.

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Robert Dean Lurie reviews Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry, by Dorothy Carvello.

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“I try to learn the prose of life, but my slavish reproduction of its speech is wooden…”

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