US Politics

Republicans face a Texan chill

BY David Waywell | tweet @DavidWaywell   /  19 February 2021

It’s an ill wind that blows no one any good, unless you’re a Democrat looking to make inroads in Texas, perhaps…

For Republicans, the Lonestar State just got very cold very quickly as they are reminded of the harsh truth that an extreme climate event can make even the strongest ideological position seem brittle. The climate event in question is a polar vortex, unleashed by a weakened jet stream, that has drawn cold air into the southern states. It is thought that over 71 per cent of the US now sits under snow but the focus is on Texas which appeared uniquely unprepared for a prolonged dip below zero.


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