Texas Republicans have an intolerance problem coupled with an extremist problem. There are reasons that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House would like to see Biden ‘in the boxing ring’ in 2020 House Judiciary chair subpoenas DOJ for FBI documents The suit to make Electoral College more ‘fair’ could make it worse MORE would defeat Rick Perry in Texas for president in 2016, according to recent polling, and reasons that former Houston Mayor Bill White would defeat Perry for governor.

There is a list of Texas Democrats who can win statewide in 2014. There is a distemper on the right nationally and in Texas, and there is an intolerance that is unacceptable nationally and in Texas. A strong Texas nominee for governor or senator would have a good chance of winning in 2014, and Hillary Clinton would have an outstanding chance to carry Texas in 2016.

The moment is ripe for Texas Democrats to seize the high ground of the center and defeat the extremism and intolerance that is all too common among Republicans.

There is a historic opening for Democrats in Texas to appeal statewide while Texas Republicans take positions more worthy of a 40 percent party than a governing party. Neither Americans nor Texans are extremist.

Texas Democrats have a historical opening to change the politics of the Lone Star State for many years to come.