He misses the days when unabashed liberals ran the Texas Legislature. In fact, he just cannot stand how bad it is now that conservatives are (nominally, anyway) in charge. The funny thing is that State Rep. Delwin Jones of Lubbock is a Republican. Though you wouldn’t know it by his voting record.

In this weekend’s edition of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the Democrat-ish Jones said he was seeking yet another term to the Lege. (He’s been terrorizing Texans’ wallets for 28 years.)

“The main thing is my 14 sessions, 25 special sessions, qualify me pretty strong,” he said. He went on to add that he wanted the Legislature to “get back to bipartisan operation, where there is smooth peace and harmony, not the divisiveness we have had for the past three sessions.”

Funny how that corrosponds with how long his own party has been in power… He misses the days when his like-minded liberal friends like former speaker Pete Laney ran the place. Back then no one even had to pay lip-service to being a conservative. Ah, yes, those were the days.

Smoothiness, Peace-iness, and Harmonious-ness. One thing you have to give Delwin Jones, he isn’t a sell-out, no-sir. He counts himself proudly with the government-growing left. Though he never gets around to admitting that to his voters…

How does Jones stay in office? Mostly thanks to protection from a few barely-more conservative legislators who like having him covering their own leftward flank. He also benefits from a newspaper that just doesn’t tell his constituents how badly he votes.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

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

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