There are two parts of Texas, according to Jack Burden. "The part where the flat-footed, bilious, frog-sticker-toting Baptist biscuit-eaters live," and the "part where the crooked-legged, high-heeled, gun-wearing, callous-assed sons of the range live."
Both parts are a long way form Hyde Park.
Burden's descriptions of Texas reflect the contempt that many outsiders have always felt toward Texas (he was a Louisianan). As early as 1845, New Englander Edward Everett Hale wrote "How to Conquer Texas Before It Conquers Us."
George W. Bush, a New Englander by blood, became as much of a Texan as Sam Houston or Stephen Austin. But Barack Obama, on the other hand, has no connection to the state and probably sees it somewhat similarly to Burden.
Texas Democrats found themselves a little too busy today to meet up with Obama as he spoke in Austin. But this capital city and university town is definitely the friendliest part of the state for the pro-academia and pro-public sector president.
East Texas, on the "western edge of Scots-Irish American," would be solidly Republican. Gun sales soared here after the 2008 election and it maintains a "roughneck air," according to Barone. The "awl bidness" and the Bible reign here.