It looks like the game is over in Texas:
With the crucial defection of a leading Texas lawmaker, the defiant band of Democratic state senators holed up in New Mexico since July 28 has lost its ability to deny Gov. Rick Perry the quorum he needs to push through a hotly disputed Republican redistricting plan.
The surprising reappearance in Houston Tuesday night of a prize holdout, Senator John Whitmire, who, with 30 years in the State House and Senate is the dean of the Legislature, threw Texas politics into a new tizzy.
If Mr. Perry calls a highly unusual third special legislative session, as is widely expected, Mr. Whitmire, 54, known as Boogie from his avid partying in younger years, could be required to attend or be arrested and dragooned into the chamber.
Watch the left’s rhetoric reached a fevered pitch as they lose yet another political battle. Some people want to continue the fight, however:
In Santa Fe, N.M., Gov. Bill Richardson, who offered sanctuary to the Texans, cautioned the Republicans that their “big power grab” in Texas might impel him to put redistricting before New Mexico’s special legislative session in October. “I don’t want to use it as a threat,” Mr. Richardson said. “It’s just an option.”