At the top of today's Dallas Morning News front page is a political feature heavy on anecdotes, but rather short on the hard facts -- especially about links to religion.
The basic storyline is that rural Democrats in Texas counties that voted heavily for President Trump face a stigma.
The big, bad Republicans, it seems, don't care much for folks who'd dare cast ballots for the other party.
Know what I mean, pardner?
My major problem with the story is that it never really provides any concrete evidence to back up its claim.
But the piece does hint at a potential better story, albeit one this report almost completely ignores. I'm talking about the fact that the counties in question used to be dominated by "'Yellow-dog' Democrats — those who would sooner vote for a dog than a Republican." (You may recall that just the other day, GetReligion editor Terry Mattingly pointed out that the late Rev. Billy Graham was a registered Democrat.)
So what happened? Is there any chance that holy ghosts are involved?