A couple of nights ago at a debate in Salado between the two Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, Watchdog.org and its Texas reporter, Jon Cassidy, had a breakthrough of sorts.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, currently a heavy favorite to depose longtime Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, made political favoritism at the University of Texas a campaign issue, daring the rest of the press to cover it.

If elected, Patrick said, he would call for an investigation on behalf of the parents and grandparents of Texas children who might be passed over for admission to the state’s premier law school for the child of some politician or a politician’s crony.