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I've been telling folks that there's been a tectonic shift here in Texas, politically, in the last few years... and #Beto is the reason... but I haven't really been able to put it into words... but yesterday it became more clear. let me explain.

I live in Lubbock, TX. It's one of the reddest places on the planet, politically speaking. In 2016, trump won Lubbock County with a 38 point spread. In 2018, Cruz won Lubbock County with a 29 point spread, which was surprising because he won with a 42 point spread in 2012.

So, you can see a definite trend there. But trends are not what I'm talking about here... I'm talking about the *atmosphere* of our little city.

A few months ago, my wife and I got our new #Beto tshirts... and since then we wear them often... say once a week.

We noticed that when we wear them, say, to the grocery store, we'd get some sideways glances, some frowns, thrown our way. Maybe an occasional nod, wink, or tip of the hat... but no engagement at all.

So, yesterday I went to the grocery, and I wore my #Beto shirt...

I was approached several times by people who said things like "Beto's really doing a fine job"... "Beto's the man"... I got several thumbs ups... I got lots of smiles... and notably, I paid particular attention to the types of people from whom I would normally expect...

a frown, or a disapproving look. It seemed to me that I sensed a certain... sense of shame, really. Some looked away or looked down in a way that suggest a sense of shame, or guilt. I couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but it was a clear shift in behavior.

for the first time, I felt that there was some agreement... that this was something new manifesting itself in the aisles of our neighborhood store, and it felt good. I smiled at everyone. I was proud to support a man who spoke for us in that powerful way.

and I also saw another person with a #Beto shirt on... also with a smile. I saw a young girl with a shirt that said "miss me yet" and a picture of Obama... she was smiling.

I've always felt that the people of Lubbock were the greatest people on the planet...

despite our political differences. the people on my block, in my neighborhood, are wonderful, for the most part. We help each other. We protect each other. But for the last couple of years there has been a cloud over this town, over this country... and that cloud is lifting.
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