This fight between Republican party factions here in Texas is a microcosm of the same fight occurring at a national level. On the one hand, you have the actual Republican Party. On the other, you have the Neo-Confederate Dixiecrats who have been infiltrating and taking over the GOP and the US since either 1948 or 1968 (take your pick). Trumpism is the culmination of Dixiecrat politics. It took a hundred year pandemic to expose the obfuscation, lies, and reality denying that the Neo-Confederates have been using to gain power over these past decades. Their world view is Victorian, at best. They seek only power. They play to the worst aspects of the American psyche. And worst of all, Their policies do not work. You can’t have both an open economy AND no masks. Gotta pick one. As my father used to say “There’s always a trade-off”. Never trust a politician who says there isn’t. But then Dixiecrats live in a fantasy world. Always have, Always will.