By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers.
The Democrats did it in Virginia and North Carolina. But turn Texas blue? That's exactly what the party has in mind as it already goes to work building a re-election platform for President-elect Barack Obama. "We want to make Texas the next swing state," says a party big shot. "We believe we can compete in Texas." It's not too far-fetched. Sen. John McCain's victory over Obama was half the margin of President Bush's Texas victory in 2004. And Democrats nationally won 67 percent of the Hispanic vote, one of the two major voting blocks in Texas. The official says the state breaks down this way: white versus Hispanic voters, "and we're making big inroads among Hispanics."