Salt, Light, Yeast ... Action
The star of the event was Max Sherman, a professor and former dean at UT's LBJ School of Public Affairs and a former state senator from Amarillo, who served in the Legislature back in the Seventies when Democrats were in charge. Armed with a set of notebook-sized maps showing red-and-blue maps of past elections, Sherman argued that parties have a tendency to crawl back from the pit of anguish.
Waving a nearly all-red map showing LBJ's trouncing of über-Republican Barry Goldwater in 1964 (his maps, for some reason, had the standard red/blue code reversed) he pointed out that many people at the time believed the Republican Party was just about to give up the ghost. Although these days the situation is reversed, Sherman expressed confidence it would swing back. "Now I realize what it was like to be a Republican when I was in the Senate," he said. "But what goes around, comes around."