By Chris Lane
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If Hotze's case goes to trial, his supporting cast of witnesses should be as interesting as the offense. Shortly before the arrest, the good doctor had been at a Rainbow Lodge affair honoring a tobacco shop. He shared a table with Councilman Chris Bell, Mark Clark of the Houston Police Officers Union, and several West University Republicans. Also at ringside was Hotze's political Tonto, consultant Allen Blakemore.
All are primed to say that Hotze seemed sober during the festivities. Considering that Hotze was an early, ardent backer of District Attorney-elect Chuck Rosenthal, and Blakemore was the candidate's consultant, the case should provide a good test of the impartiality of justice under the new order.
With the likelihood that the Bush regency shortly will relocate itself to Washington, Democrats are busy dreaming about a resurgence in the Texas elections in 2002. Warming in the partisan incubator and party operatives' imaginations is this rainbow coalition:
For those still casting about for analogies to the presidential election muck-up, here's an anonymously authored gem percolating through the e-mail ether. Our suggested working title: "Banana Republicans." In an abbreviated version, imagine that:
We would deem such an election to be representative of only the self-declared winner's will to power. We'd wearily turn the page thinking that it was another sad tale of pitiful pre- or antidemocracy peoples in some strange elsewhere.