Mischief in Austin in 2006; or Why the War Goes On by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 10, 2010

Ben Barnes is a political figure from ancient Texas political history–the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  He was a tall and good-looking politician from rural Texas who was going places–one of the youngest state legislators ever, the youngest Lieutenant Governor ever, at age 31, in 1969.  Ben is one of those people politics was made for, as his extroverted personality and keen intelligence and interest in people made him a boy-wonder success in the Texas legislature and made LBJ say that Ben Barnes was the best political operator in the state, and that he’d be the next President of the United States from Texas.  Lyndon was right on the first part at least.  As things are now, Ben Barnes is probably the last Lyndon Johnson crony/protege left standing.  All the rest of the Johnson crew is dead or in nursing homes.

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