ROBERT A. CALVERT, Editor
Money, Marbles and Chalk: The Wondrous World of Texas Politics.
By Jimmy Banks. (Austin: Texas Publishing Company, Inc., 1971.
Pp. 277. Illustrations, appendix, index. $6.95.)
Dominant individuals in Texas politics for the past three decades
are selected for partisan review in this campaign year reader by a
former Dallas Morning News reporter. The collection of anecdotal
material from news clippings and the personal observations added by
the author are stitched together to fashion a reading primer in the
conventional wisdom of the Texas Establishment.
Mr. Banks makes clear his approving view that this ruling class of
wealthy interests is served best by selected conservative Democrats.
He is particularly generous in his praise for those whom he has served
as a staff member, Governors Allan Shivers and Price Daniel and
U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. He lavishes similar plaudits upon such
current figures as Dolph Briscoe, John B. Connally and Ben Barnes.
The entire second chapter is given to Briscoe.
The book makes its chief contribution in the opening chapter which
contains the theory that Texas elections are won and/or lost during
the summer months of courtship prior to actual election campaigns.
Chapter lo, however, may detract from this theory in its failure to
recognize a continuing trend of the past 2o years.
This trend is the diminishing influence of the Texas press, a force
which Mr. Banks overestimates most clearly in the value he places
upon editorial endorsements. Much of the smart money and the ma-
jority of Texas newspapers editorially endorsed Barnes, for example,
but the lieutenant governor was able to muster but 17 per cent of the
1972 primary vote. Former U.S. Senator Ralph W. Yarborough ran
three successful races, on the other hand, against substantial editorial
Readers are advised at another point that both Daniel and Connally
went along with Lyndon B. Johnson's run for the vice presidency
in 1960 in the belief that John F. Kennedy could not win the election.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101202/. Accessed November 24, 2014.