Texas power outages reveal the limits of partisanship

On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Texas has the distinction of having been an independent nation before joining the United States. The history books say Texas joined the Union in 1845. Sometimes I wonder if Texas ever really, fully joined the Union — especially on days like this, when while the US remains in the grips of a capricious, widespread lethal contagion, the governor ended Texas’ mask mandate Tuesday and declared that all businesses in his state can be open — 100% — in a matter of days.