Why do macho Texans elect such chickenshit politicians?

I am amused. Yet again, a tough-talking Texas pol disappears into the sunset in a cloud of dust, leaving a mess he doesn’t want to deal with behind him. The tale of the process server who tried to deliver a subpoena to Ken Paxton:

Herrera’s affidavit said that he arrived at Paxton’s house Monday at 8:28 a.m. and was greeted at the front door by a woman who identified herself as Angela. When he told her that he was trying to deliver the subpoenas to Ken Paxton, she told him that the AG was on the phone.

Herrera, who said he recognized Ken Paxton inside the house through glass on the door, offered to wait for him. Angela replied that Paxton “was in a hurry to leave,” according to Herrera, who observed a black Chevy truck in the driveway and then saw another car arrive there.

At about 9:40 a.m., Herrera said he saw Paxton exiting his garage. Herrera walked up the driveway toward Paxton and called out his name, at which point “he turned around and RAN back inside the house through the same door in the garage.”

Minutes later, Angela came out to the truck and opened both the driver-side door and the door behind it, Herrera wrote. A few minutes after she started the truck, “I saw Mr. Paxton RAN from the door inside the garage towards the rear door behind the driver side,” Herrera wrote.

“I approached the truck, and loudly called him by his name and stated that I had court documents for him. Mr. Paxton ignored me and kept heading for the truck. After determining that Mr. Paxton was not going to take the Subpoenas from my hand, I stated that I was serving him with legal documents and was leaving them on the ground where he could get them,” Herrera wrote.

“I then placed the documents on the ground beside the truck. Service was completed at 9:50 am. He got in the truck leaving the documents on the ground, and then both vehicles left,” he wrote.

Maybe he was in a hurry to catch his flight to Cancun.

Hey, Texians, did you know that John Wayne was a draft-dodging coward and that you lost the battle of the Alamo?


  1. whywhywhy says

    More importantly how many Texans realize that their war for independence was a war to protect slavery?

  2. birgerjohansson says

    Yup. Mexico had slaves, but had banned importing more slaves.
    The new Texas plantation owners needed slaves, so they decided to secede and sacrifice some plebes as cannon fodder. The “aristocrats” were officers, and in times when disease killed more soldiers than combat officers would have suffered fewer deaths.

  3. says

    I have nothing but pity for process servers. Mom worked for a collection agency and from her stories, it must be a miserable profession.

  4. Louis says

    The essential core of the conservative mindset is fear, cowardice, and a profound knowledge of their own inadequacy.

    Why else gaslight, bully, brag, condemn the way they do?


  5. raven says

    Some other things Texans are afraid of.
    To be sure, not all Texans, just barely the majority.

    Trans children.
    Rainbow flags.
    Books especially children’s books.
    Sex education.
    Public health measures such as masks during a pandemic.
    Not being able to get a drink in a bar while thousands are getting sick and dying from a virus.
    The Covid-19 virus vaccines.
    Most scientific theories such as evolution and the Round earth developed recently, after the 17th century.
    The Enlightenment.
    Atheists. Pagans. Episcopalians, Unitarians.
    Hillary Clinton.
    There are lots more things that terrify Red Texans and christofascists.

    School shooters committing mass murder.
    To be fair, they should be afraid of school shooters.
    They shouldn’t be so afraid that they won’t stop them from killing more children.

  6. snarkrates says

    Somebody needs to do a mashup of Rethugs talking macho shit and then running away. We’ve got Cheetolini and his flight to the bunker. We’ve got Josh Hawley pumping his fist to the insurrectionists and then running away, and now Ken Paxton. I’m thinking of maybe setting this shit to Yakkity Sax (the Benny Hill song).

  7. raven says

    Here is a partial list of books that Texans have banned or tried to ban from libraries.
    You can use these books as repellents to keep away Texas GOPers/christofascists.

    Texas Monthly By Dan Solomon September 20, 2022
    A User’s Guide to All the Banned Books in Texas

    Discussions of race or sex, or just the wrong vibes, seem to be all it takes to number a book among the 801 bannings in Texas this year. continues

    That figure—801 banned books—refers not to individual titles but rather to the number of times any school district has issued a ban.

    It is a long list.

    If you don’t have any of these books, just scatter around a random sample of books. I’m sure they don’t read books and won’t know the difference between good books and bad books.

  8. Louis says

    #Raven, #8,

    One of the things that always gets me is (per the Mitchell and Webb “are we the bad guys?” sketch) that banning books should be a massive clue that you’re not the good guys!

    Even Mein Kampf is not hard to get hold of but they want to ban “Billy Has Two Daddies” (or equivalent)? They won’t, but I do wish they’d wake up and smell what they’re shovelling.


  9. unclefrogy says

    he is the f”n attorney general just what good was his behavior supposed to do. Did he think if the papers were not put in his hand that that would be the end of it?
    is he 9 years old?

  10. lasius says

    PZ, I don’t know enough about John Wayne to know if he was a coward. But if you think it is the draft-dodging, then I would disagree. Refusing to kill or be complicit in killing other people should never be considered cowardice in my opinion.

  11. jenorafeuer says

    That’s fair enough in general, if someone has taken a public, principled stand against being complicit in killing others. When someone has made the macho act that big a cornerstone of their life and career, though, it invites at the very least a bit of a side-eye.

  12. birgerjohansson says

    There was another wossname biggie American actor with conservative opinions but he at least flew a four-engined bomber in WWII before they had fighter escort, so he “walked the walk”.
    Meanwhile, Ronald Reagan was employed by the army for propaganda, at a blissful distance from the fighting.

  13. says

    #19 Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart didn’t merely have conservative opinions but was actively involved in Republican politics — including giving speeches at Reagan campaign rallies.

  14. whheydt says

    Re: birgerjohnasson @ # 19…
    I’ve long felt that Reagan’s WW2 career making those movies strongly colored his opinion of military life. In his experience, all the “dead bodies” got up at the end of the day and went home for dinner.