Rumors have been swirling around the Texas Speaker's race that one candidate will cease his run to avoid the "gay outing" threatened, one of several that could take place, but that he will not endorse the current Speaker. Democrats are sitting back and deciding who is the winnable "Anyone But Craddick" candidate.
UPDATE: Houston state Rep. Senfronia Thompson is one of the Texas Legislature's smarter members and is going after Democrats supporting Craddick. McCall has dropped out endorsing Pitts.
In national news, Pelosi is sworn in and whining Republicans beg her to play fair after 12 years of their heavily partisan rule.
"'We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals - and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship,' said Grover Norquist, a leading Republican strategist, who heads a group called Americans for Tax Reform.... 'Bipartisanship is another name for date rape,' Norquist, a onetime adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said, citing an axiom of House conservatives.... These days, Norquist and other conservative activists use the GOP tilt in the legislatures to make life difficult for Democratic members of Congress. On issue after issue - the war on terror, taxes, judicial appointees - Republican leaders in Washington have been getting GOP-controlled legislatures to go on record in support of Bush initiatives. It makes it more difficult for Democrats to explain unpopular votes back home."