The magazine's decision to put the Texas Democratic Party's latest rising stars on its new cover brought praise from many Democrats, and derision from many Republicans. Democrats, obviously, are jazzed about any attention to their drive to turn Texas blue after decades of GOP dominance. And many Republicans simply are sick and tired of seeing Wendy Davis stories and photos. Also featured in the cover story along with the Democratic state senator from Fort Worth are San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and his twin brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro.
Davis still doesn't answer the question in the profile about whether she'll run for governor or another statewide office in 2014. Nor does the story suggest that the road would be easy for Davis or either of the Castro brothers to break the Republicans' monopoly on statewide offices in Texas. In fact, it pointedly asks the question of whether Davis could hurt the party's advance by running and losing.
Beyond the individual rising stars and the difficulties ahead for them, the story clearly lays out the demographic transformation Texas continues to undergo, and the political shifts that many analysts believe are inevitable because of the changing population.
-- John Gravois