The resignation of two of David Dewhurst’s key staffers should be the final nail in the coffin for the incumbent lieutenant governor. The reality is that Dewhurst has been politically dead since the night of the Wendy Davis filibuster, and he has no hope to retain his office. Unless something very strange happens, Dan Patrick is a lock to be the state’s next lieutenant governor.

I heard Dewhurst speak at the annual Texas Legislative Conference, in New Braunfels, on Friday, and I expected him to try to really connect with the crowd and make the case for himself on a personal level. Instead, he was the same old Dew. Nothing new to say except how great the Texas economy is doing. I want to feel sorry for him, because I think he is a decent fellow, but he simply cannot connect with an audience and get them energized.

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