So the cut-and-run retreat of Republicans from conservative values and principles continued this week. While the modern French are widely known for a willingness to surrender before a battle is fought, it seems Republicans in the Texas House are even willing to retreat from settled victory!


Republican legislators voted to unravel the reforms to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, with only 19 legislators exhibiting any backbone. The rest? Cut and ran; they’d rather be loved by the left than govern from the right. (Here’s the list of the Republicans: The Good, The Trying Hard, and the Cut-And-Run Caucus.)


One of the true champions for those of us on the right is State Representative Carl Isett of Lubbock. During the debate, he ably defended commonsense, but the debate was stacked against our side, because no one was interested in facts.


State Rep. Joe Helfin (D-Crosbyton) defined the perspective of the correctly labeled Democrats and the improperly labeled Republicans, when he said, “Let me tell you (what) I feel today.” To which Mr. Isett quipped, “You’d have to feel, because you certainly couldn’t think your way into this.”


Too bad Retreat-Republicans waved the white flag on an issue we won in 2003, but the good news is that it still has to go before a skeptical Texas Senate. Please contact your state senator today, asking them to oppose HB109. You can learn more about the issues here.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."