In the morning paper --
An AP article about the recent court decision invalidating Texas' voter ID law described Texas voters as "fiercely conservative." AP'a true color came through on that one (hint: Blue).
It's hard to imagine them describing some of the hard core Democrat states as "fiercely liberal." Perhaps it's because Democrats are less inclined to act for themselves than they are to rely on the government for everything. But that's mere speculation. Because they sure did demonstrate some ferocity in Minnesota when Scott Walker took away some of their government goodies.
Neither President Trump nor Clinton seem too inclined to tackle the entitlement issue, so we probably aren't likely to see much emotion from anyone other than the special interest groups who might get snared in one or more of those candidates' campaign promises.
In any event, I like it. "Fiercely conservative," as in, "Don't mess with Texas." The question on many of our minds is, "Will it last?" At least one famous commentator thinks it won't. See Will Texas become another brick in the Democrats’ blue wall? by George Will.
As for the Texas voter ID law, it's a tough law. Most of us have a photo ID and don't think much about it. However, I know first hand how difficult it is to secure a photo ID for someone who doesn't have one. More on that in the future.