And last night he FINALLY came to grips with the fact.** At this point it feels like Craddick has been Speaker of the Texas House FOREVER, but turns out it has only been since 2003. Since Texas is finally a two party state (the Republicans finally stopped calling themselves Democrats and went to their own damned party), Tom Craddick can call himself the first Republican Speaker since Reconstruction. But seriously, that is just because it wasn't cool to call yourself a Republican until the late 1980s. There some that held out until the mid-90s before making the big switch. So truthfully, other people that were really Republicans held office as Democrats (the later traded in their team colors when it was safe to do so). But the point is that very few people will be sad to see him go. The way Craddick has ruled the Texas House makes the German Nazis look like pansies. Anyone that showed any hint of opposition was immediately stripped of their committee appointments and he regularly suspended House rules to prevent voting on a new Speaker. However, it was clear on Friday that with his 11 pledged votes from some brave Republicans and the 60 Democrats that pledged not to vote for Craddick, that Rep. Straus was going to kick Craddick to the curb (so to speak, I'd pay good money to see the real deal). However, in a fit of cowardice of losing he just dropped out of the race last night and is supporting some other asshat that he is friends with. With the House split 76-74 (not so Red in Texas anymore!), the Republicans can't get away with replacing Craddick with more of the same. Hooray!
**If you don't live in Texas, you probably don't give a shit about any of this and that is OK.