In a cramped and musty office just across from the Rio Rita Lounge on East 6th Street, its walls painted a sickly Subway yellow, seven folks, average age 30, sit around an oval table, tapping on their laptops, plotting the takeover of the state of Texas.
This, for the moment, is the nerve center of Battleground Texas, an effort led by fresh-faced veterans of the Obama campaign to take what they learned electing and re-electing a Democratic president of the United States and turn Texas blue. And do it without a candidate like Barack Obama, or any candidate for that matter, in what for Democrats has been a vast, snake-bit stretch of no se puede America for a generation, and without much prospect for a discernible payoff for years to come.
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Jonathan Tilove is the Statesman’s chief political writer; previously he spent 25 years as a Washington correspondent and has covered race and immigration issues. He blogs most weekdays at statesman.com/firstreading.