Once upon a time, when I was young and brash, I got into a pretty big fight over Joe Straus. Some of my old friends from Hebrew School and I compiled a list of the “Horrible, awful stains on Judaism” in the United States. Rounding out the top of our list were Senator Lieberman, Congressman Cantor, and most notably, Speaker Joe Straus. This was still back when the Democrats held 74 seats in the State House, and my foolish suggestion was that the State GOP replace Straus. Boy, I was wrong.
In the last legislative session, Straus was the Democrat’s only friend in preventing some of the most extreme legislation of all, like an Arizona-style immigration act and a bill to, from what I could gather, would neuter Airport Security.
Straus was going to be deposed last year, but when the Media got a hold of the fact it was because the GOP wanted a “Christian Conservative”, the challenge was dead on arrival. However, now it seems that the movement is once again in full swing, with Bryan Hughes of Mineola (yeah I didnt know where that was either) challenging him for the gavel.
For what it is worth, I do not think this is about anti-Semitism, I think it is about the extremists in the TX GOP who disavow critical thinking wanting to place one of their own in power. Dewhurst was too liberal, so they got Cruz. Now it seems Straus is too liberal. It seems that Speaker Straus no longer fits in with his party.
Here’s my solution: Democrats should swallow their pride and vote for Straus as speaker. I think the Dems could get 55-65 seats in November, which would mean convincing, at minimum, only 10 Republicans. Another coalition could work. We could call it “Texans united for Critical Thinking”.
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