Beto OâRourke exerts himself greeting supporters in Katy; Fort Bend County flipped blue in 2018, with him atop the ticket, for the first time since the 1970s. (Photo by Mike Clark-Madison) They’re out early, long before lunchtime, in the off-and-on rain, staking out corners and putting out their signs before the police vans and the big gravel trucks from the highway department block the streets around Texas Southern University and seal off Debate Land, an alien habitat filled with exotic species of politico and media star who thrive in this hermetic atmosphere. They want you to honk if you love Beto. The O’Rourke volunteers are not alone as they secure the perimeter and prep their “visibility” for the Sept. 12 Democratic debate. Ambassadors from Castro Country happily dodge the rain at a bus shelter, a few older Biden fans pop up, and Klobuchar’s team methodically puts up green “Amy for America” signs at precise intervals along the sidewalks. Others also seek attention, like veritable goon Randall Terry and his anti-abortion bus, covered in shrieking slogans and floating fetuses, parked in front of some unfortunate neighbor’s house. He’s got live music: teenage boys on bass and drums, MAGA hats askew. There… Read full this story
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