February 12, 2018      4:54 PM
From the Right: Former Chairman Kent Grusendorf argues the upcoming speaker’s race may give Republicans an opportunity to stop trying to find ways to surrender at the Texas Capitol
and Donald Trump have something in
common. They both play to win.
A friend recently told a story of two lobbyists working
together in Austin. One had previously
served in the legislature as a Democrat; a recently retired Republican
legislator joined him to lobby on an issue.
After working the session, the former Democrat was astonished and said
of his new Republican lobby colleague –“He was
constantly looking for a way to surrender.”
Although today Republicans have majorities in both Austin
and Washington, they were in the political outhouse for so many decades, it is clear that they are unaccustomed to winning, nor have
they learned how to win. For decades,
Republicans’ only chance for winning was to cut a deal in return for not
getting run over. A token victory was
superior to nothing. Republican leaders learned over the decades that surrender
was the closest they could come to victory on many fronts.
Times have changed.
The full column by former
Rep. Kent Grusendorf
is in the R&D Department.
By Kent Grusendorf