Texas governors once held Christmas parties at the Governor’s Mansion for the capitol news media. They weren’t lavish affairs—just a few canapés and drinks. But it was a night when journalists and the targets of their barbs could call a truce and meet as human beings, rather than as adversaries. One year, toward the end of Governor Bill Clements’ second term of office, breaking news kept me from going to the Christmas party on time. After completing my story, I thought about heading home, but I hadn’t missed the party in years and Clements served stiff drinks. When I got to the Governor’s Mansion late that night, most guests had left. The front door opened and Governor Clements, drink in hand, was there to greet…View Original Post
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