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last year. has heartily endorsed President Kennedy’s public accommodations bill. And Governor Connally, who has opposed the public accommodations bill. personally attacked Albert Pena, the state chairman of PASO and one of the Democratic Coalition’s four cochairmen, as “Boss Pena” at the nonpartisan forum of state leaders to plan the drive for the abolition of the Texas poll tax last week. These two events and several others have all but cut off any prospect that the Democratic Coalition might come to terms with a second term for Connally and turned the question publicly into what it has actually been, underneath, all along: can Don Yarborough make John Connally a one-term governor because of the continuing conservative Democratic defections to the Texas Republicans? .. . The stark implications of the situation are finding bald statement. . . . [For example] the Valley Morning Star reported on September 8: “But the real worry of the conservative Democrats, according to the pros, is for the future of John Connally. Don Yarborough .mould very well make Connally a one teem governor. If union, liberal, and race-oriented groups like PASO could unite on Don Yarborough, Gov. Connally might be looking through the want ads next year.” . . . After the assassination December 27, 1963 Most everyone was speculating . . . that Don Yarborough could not feasibly oppose Gov. John Connally in 1964. The kinds of considerations he would have to cope with if he did are suggested in editorials in the San Antonio Express and Abilene Reporter-News. “Now that a sniper’s bullet has seriously wounded [Connally], it would be requiring more than an able chief executive should have to endure to force a primary election campaign upon him,” the Express said December 3. “. . . Connally does deserve for Democrats to rally unitedly to his support,” said the Abilene paper, “and spare him the strain of a primary battle little more than five months away in a period which his doctors have decreed as a time of convalescence.” Should Yarborough run? January 10, 1964 The circumstance that Governor Connally was shot with President Kennedy does not argue in a logical way for Governor Connally’s re-election. Questions of the general welfare are larger than any man’s personal welfare. Emotionally, of course, the scene in the President’s car has greatly improved Connally’s political standing, and it is my opinion that if Tex ans voted on Don Yarborough and John Connally now, the governor would be re-elected overwhelmingly. After the assassination there were weeks during which it was undeniably the consensus of the political community that Don Yarborough could not run against Connally. that if he did he would surely be clobbered. This consensus still obtains in the daily press; but as the days have slipped by, more and more knowledgeable and not unwise liberals have seen that he might not lose; he might win yet. .. . The governor behaved, under fire, with laudable concern for President Kennedy. He himself sustained grievous wounds, and his lovely lady conducted herself gallantly. In his nationwide television interview with Martin Agronsky, Connally refrained from a temptation Allan Shivers would have yielded to namely, to turn the tragedy against the far left and by association against liberalsand instead, the governor derived from what had happened its true and profound instruction, that we must all reject and effectively oppose hate and violence from the extreme right and the extreme left, both. In these matters the governor comported himself admirably. The facts of his failure to serve the people as governor were not altered, and remain. The assassin changed history, but he did not relieve any citizen of the duty to do what he thinks right, and pursue the general welfare as he best sees it. His first term Governor Connally served the corporations in the Legislature; eased taxes on them while increasing them on the people in general. . . . Sympathy, which we all feel for him and his personally, cannot intelligently become sentimentality that forgets that he in effect torpedoed repeal of the poll tax; that he in effect impugned the integrity of two federal judges because they had ordered redistricting he feared would hurt conservative Democratic control of the Texas delegation to Washington. .. . The consideration that militates against Don Yarborough running is the obvious conjecture that he would lose. He would now; he might, in May; but he might not, in May, and if he is man enough to try. since when have liberals devoted to an improved society been deterred by odds against winning an election? .. . R.D. Spring lineup February 7, 1964 Don Yarborough’s announcement was no surprise, and contained none. He reviewed his support of a two-party system and said the last Legislature was one of the most ineffective in state history, and had inadequate leadership; the campaign should be one of principles, not perInformation for Historians, Researchers, Nostalgia Buffs, & Observer Fans Bound Volumes: The 1978 bound issues of The Texas Observer are now ready. In maroon, washable binding, the price is $15. Also available at $15 each are volumes for the years 1963 through 1977. Cumulative Index: The clothbound cumulative edition of The Texas Observer Index covering the years 1954-1970 may be obtained for $12. Index Supplements: The 1971 through 1978 paperback supplements are provided at no additional charge to those who purchase the cumulative index at $12. Subscribers who do not want the cumulative index may purchase any of the supplements separately. The price is 750 for each year. Back Issues: Issues dated January 10, 1963, to the present are available at 750 per issue. Earlier issues are out of stock, but photocopies of articles from issues dated December 13, 1954, through December 27, 1962, will be provided at 750 per article. Microfilm: The complete backfile scription to the microfilm edition is $15. To order, or to obtain additional information regarding the 35mm microfilm editions, please write to Microfilming Corporation of America, 1620 Hawkins Avenue, Box 10, Sanford, N.C. 27330. server Business Office. Texas residents please add the 5% sales tax to your remittance. Materials will be sent postpaid. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 W. 7 ST. AUSTIN 78701 AUGUST 24, 1979