That statue is Sam Houston—no Republican, or Democrat, he—but my title refers to Tom Pauken, former chairman of the Texas Republican Party, who recalls in his book Bringing America Home, “Fred Barnes, the editor of The Weekly Standard, did not have to remind me of the difficult situation I was in when he called to tell me that Bush and Rove had described me as ‘their least favorite Republican in Texas’.”

Pauken, lately the head of the Texas Workforce Commission, is an old-guard conservative of substance, as his book (which I reviewed here) indicates. See his essay on the ills of the “No Child Left Behind” legislative mindset to get a sense of his philosophy—and how it differs from that of Bush and other establishment Republicans.