Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss of San Antonio has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018. JS has been thought to be the last bastion of sanity in the Texas Republican Party that has prevented the lunatics from running the asylum. There has been speculation on Strauss’ motives, but as usual Red has the real skinny.
No. 1 – Not having to deal with Our Poor Idiot Governor Abbott and Light Gov. Patrick will be very much like stopping hitting himself in the head with a hammer.
No. 2 – Tea Parties are just not very much fun anymore.
No. 3 – More time in Vegas Baby Vegas!
No. 4 – Bipartisanship is so 20th Century.
No. 5 – Finally realized that Republicans really want a “Christian Conservative” not a Texas Jewboy (with apologies to Kinky Freedman).
No. 6 – He’s made it damn near impossible to get an abortion in much of the state, defunded Planned Parenthood, pushed through a discriminatory Voter ID bill – and yet it’s still all about who gets to pee where.
No. 7 – Some of his best friends are Democrats like Donald Trump used to be.
No. 8 – Joe Strauss, Texas Moderate pilot will be coming out next summer. An exciting action/adventure show featuring JS drinking iced tea and attempting to have polite conversations with people.
No. 9 – Will be writing treatise on Narcissistic Personality Disorder and has completed his research.
No. 10 – Embarrassed to be called a Republican in the Age of Trump.
Texas Monthly reports that there may be trouble in Tea Party paradise.
The weekly kumbaya breakfast between the big three Texas lawmakers broke down today into a round-robin of recriminations that concluded with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declaring he was tired of Governor Greg Abbott and Speaker Joe Straus “picking on me.”
The blow-up, confirmed by multiple sources, represents the boiling point of long-simmering disputes. The House has been upset that Patrick declared his inauguration marked a “New Day” in Texas and that he pushed a conservative agenda quickly through the Senate with expectations that the House would just pass his legislation. But, instead, most of the Senate’s bills on tax cuts, licensed open carry of handguns and moving the Public Integrity Unit have languished in the House without even being referred to committee by Straus.
The House instead has passed its own version of the same legislation, putting the Senate in a take-it-or-leave-it position. To pass the Senate bills now, the House would have to have an entirely new debate on controversial measures it already has approved.
So the Senate, in what looked like retaliation on Tuesday, ignored a House-approved border security bill to vote on its own measure, putting the House into a take-it-or-leave-it position on border security – a measure that House Ways and Means Chair Dennis Bonnen had crafted to win support of border Democrats.
This may be Patrick’s New Day, but Straus’ Old Guard still runs the House.
Wow! Patrick has chosen the wrong game if he thinks he doesn’t deserve getting picked on. Patrick who made his living “picking on” anyone who didn’t agree with his reactionary right-wing views on his radio show, is mighty thin-skinned when the tables are turned. And once again, the Tea Partisans are proving that they are incapable of running the government that they hate so much.