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Figuring out Bullock Fun and Loathing and Taxes in Texas By Janie Paleschic Austin There isn’t anything new to be said about Bob Bullock. If there were, he’d probably have said it himself, leaving you wondering if he meant it or if it was for effect. That’s why he’s a politician. He could no more change than a snake could fly. But times are hard for politicians, especially the distant cousins of Willie Stark. The hard times are showing all over Bullock, not merely in the drinking and smoking and loss of a lung and the lines on the once-smooth face, but in the weakening of Bullock’s real power: his ability to convince you that black is white, right wrong, redneck crassness social grandiosity. THE TEXAS OBSERVER