So who would have thought Republicans in Congress would grow a spine faster than Republicans in the Texas House? Well, they did by kicking the crony DEM-establishment leadership to the curb.

As NBC political analyst Mark Murray noted in a tweet today “To recap: [Eric] Cantor loses primary race in ’14… [John] Boehner steps down as speaker… [Kevin] McCarthy takes himself out of running to replace Boehner”.

GONE... Boehner, McCarthy & Cantor have all been given the boot.

GONE… Boehner, McCarthy & Cantor have all been given the boot.

By way of background: After Speaker John Boehner announced he was quitting, the Washington establishment quickly anointed U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Boehner 2.0. He was going to be the speaker of the House. A new puppet for the establishment cartel of Democrats and liberal Republicans to control.

But then the Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House happened. They publicly decided not to back McCarthy.

In a move that has left the national political punditry gasping in surprise, McCarthy unexpectedly withdrew his name from the speakership race this morning. Last night, he was measuring drapes for the speaker’s office. Today, he is washed up.

Apparently conservatives in Congress are tired of policy table scraps and seeing their agendas thwarted by the establishment cronies.

Yet in Texas, allegedly the reddest of the red states, we have the same cartel government in our state house. Democrats and liberal Republicans run the House because alleged conservative Republicans are unwilling to oppose them.

We have too many “conservatives” running around the legislature who are more concerned with being invited to Austin cocktail parties and plush trips around the country than in pushing systemic reforms.

That’s why the Texas House killed the governor’s commonsense Ethics reform and instead voted to abolish the First Amendment rights of citizens, businesses and churches. That’s why they killed popular limits on government growth. That’s why they refused to ban sanctuary cities. That’s why they protected labor unions.

If your state representative is a “committee chairman” or “caucus leader,” he is the problem. If he is campaigning with Joe Straus, or he is endorsing Straus lieutenants, he is the problem.

But your state representative still has a choice: increase their calcium intake, fortify their spine, and start the solution by tossing out the current leadership; or, he can eventually fall in disgrace like Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy.

Cowardice stumbles. Boldness wins.

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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