The Democrat from El Paso and the Republican from San Antonio began their 1,600-mile road trip to Washington before dawn Tuesday.
By lunch they had stopped at SXSW in Austin, learned the uniting power of coffee from a barista in San Marcos, shared a granola bar they’d split down the middle and, yes, starred in their own version of “Carpool Karaoke.”
“On the road again,” Willie Nelson sang from the speakers of their 1999 Chevy Impala rental. “Like a band of gypsies, we go down the highway.”
For the next line, Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D) and Will Hurd (R) joined in, belting, “We’re the best of friends.”
But just hours earlier, the men weren’t much more than colleagues, brought together on this day, in this car, because they shared a common predicament and destination. A blizzard in the northeast had canceled Hurd’s flight back to Washington and delayed O’Rourke’s. They were due in the House for …