(N)ow, barely a month into the Obama administration, even the proudest Texans must admit: The days of Lone Star Power are over. You may greet this news with tears or with relief, but there's no denying it. Now that George W. Bush has hightailed it back to Dallas, there is no Texan of any real significance left on the national stage. Kay Bailey Hutchison is still hanging on, and Texas has that governor, Rick whatsisname, the guy with the haircut, but the most visible Texan in Washington right now is probably the Libertarian Ron Paul. I don't think I need to say much more than that.
Read it all here. It will be kind of a relief not to have to try to explain the likes of Phil Gramm, Tom DeLay, and the odious W to horrified acquaintances from other places or to have to apologize for a West Texas twang lest people think you a moron like those people.