Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, columnist, author, and populist hero, will be campaigning for Barack Obama, according to the Nation.
"The Austin-based populist will be campaigning in Texas for Barack Obama. And it will mean something, since Hightower has not forgotten what he learned about the political landscape by winning two statewide elections in the 1980s and serving as an essential player on more than a few campaigns since then.
Texas is supposed to be Hillary Clinton country. She's got what are referred to as "demographic advantages." Translation: The large Hispanic population in the Lone Star state is expected to back her on March 4 when Texans vote in a "beauty-contest" primary and then choose delegates at evening caucuses.
Hispanic support has been critical to Clinton's viability, helping the New York senator to carry California, Arizona and other key states on Super Tuesday.
But Hightower thinks Obama can compete in Texas by building a coalition that looks a little like the "rainbow" of old -- and a lot like the coalitions that just gave the senator big wins in Maryland and Virginia. The Obama campaign is listening. Indeed, the candidate has started slipping references to the state into his campaign speeches. Obama plans to play in Texas, as he will do so with Hightower at his side."