Travis County has neverÂ been far from the news duringÂ the Bush presidency.Â Chroniclers of itÂ may have toÂ mark it down as one of the percolating centers of left-wing stunts. Dan Rather made Travis County famous long before Ronnie Earle, raising $20,000 for its Democratic Party in 2001. His daughter Robin, a prominent liberalÂ Texas environmentalist, thought her Dad would be a reliable draw for Democrats, though RatherÂ claimed later that hisÂ fabled ear-to-the-ground reporting had simply failed him — that he had no idea his daughter was asking him toÂ speak at a Dem fundraiser. Forgery conduit Bill Burkett hired a lawyer who wasÂ once chairman of the Travis County Democrats. None of this,Â of course, influenced Rather’s confidence in Burkett as an unimpeachable source.Â Ronnie Earle’s case against Delay doesn’t exactly look airtight, but thenÂ again he could always hit Kinko’s and cobble together some impressive evidence.Â Â
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