Ted Cruz isn’t the only crazy lawmaker in Texas


Gail Collins NAILS IT:

Have you noticed how many lawmakers from Texas were doing crazy things during the government shutdown debacle?

We need to discuss this as a matter of simple justice. These days, when you say “Texas” in the context of heavy-breathing Republican extremism, everybody immediately thinks of Senator Ted Cruz. Which is really unfair when there are so many other members of the state delegation trying to do their part.

I am thinking, for instance, of Representative Randy Neugebauer, who harangued an innocent park ranger about a shutdown-shuttered war memorial, insisting that the ranger and her colleagues should be “ashamed of themselves.”

Or Representative Louie Gohmert, who created a mild diversion when he charged that John McCain, an opponent of the shutdown, “supported Al Qaeda” in Syria. (McCain said that he did not take offense because “if someone has no intelligence, I don’t view it as being a malicious statement.”)

Or Representative Steve Stockman, who accused the president and House Democrats of “curb-stomping veterans.”

Or Representative John Culberson, who cried “Let’s roll!” in an apparent belief that shutting down the government was equivalent to resisting 9/11 terrorists.

Or Representative Pete Sessions, who summed things up rather neatly with: “We’re not French. We don’t surrender.”

See? Share the credit.

The nation keeps searching for signs of a resurgent political center, but there aren’t many hopeful peeps coming out of Texas. The pragmatic Texas Republican establishment is pretty much on its back, hyperventilating.



  1. The irony of your maniacal rantings about Ted Cruz and other Texas Republicans would be comical if it wasn’t so pathetic. Especially considering that the Democrats have long held the “looniest of the loonies” title in Texas politics. I speak of course of none other than Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the clown princess of hate from Houston who has never failed to say something stupid every time she is allowed to speak from the floor of the House or to the press who seem to instinctively flock to her like a fly to, uh, well you know what I mean. She is but one of the prime examples of what has been so destructive and corrosive to our Republic when House districts were gerrymandered by race. Keep on posting your Leftist drivel though Pat. It would be nice though if every once in a while, you would come up with something original and not just vomit out the latest DNC talking points.

  2. shawnnews

    Chris, what reasonable things have Texas Republicans said or done that you could demonstrate for us?

  3. Steverino

    This is what happens when Republicans redistrict their states. The losers from crazyville who under normal circumstances could never win an election are all of sudden thrust into office thanks to gerrymandering and dark money.

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