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W’s ‘Least Favorite Republican’ Runs for Texas Governor

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.

about the author

Daniel McCarthy is the editor of Modern Age: A Conservative Review, and Editor-at-Large of The American Conservative. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, The Spectator, The National Interest, Reason, and many other publications. Outside of journalism he has worked as internet communications coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign and as senior editor of ISI Books. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics. Follow him on Twitter.

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