What?! Are you out of your mind?!
Nope, I'm as much in my mind as I have ever been. But then again that doesn't say much. So here it goes. I am awarding the first of probably very few Democrat of the Week Awards (DWA) to State Representative Joe Pickett. This week Pickett was the ONLY Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives who voted in favor of a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID to vote. Pickett had originally said he was going to vote against the bill but changed his mind after he saw the changes that were made to the bill.
Democrats had said that the bill would disfranchise minorities and put a burden on the poor and on the elderly who were on fixed incomes. So the Republicans came back an overcame their objections. The revised bill gives people who can't afford to purchase a drivers license or an ID a free Texas ID. That eliminated two of the objections just leaving the good 'ol race card issue. But then again the Democrats always make everything a race issue. That really isn't an objection that the Republicans can overcome since its more of a smokescreen than a condition. So kudos to Representative Joe Pickett for thinking outside the box and doing what is best for all Texans.
Pickett said he did not support the Republican platform but said he does believe in protecting the "sanctity of voting." Hey, not exactly a convert but we'll take what we can get. At the end of the day this just goes to show that there are some people who are willing to do what is right and not just do what the party expects them to do. I'm pretty sure other house Democrats were not too thrilled to hear that Picket crossed party lines. But then again I know how it feels when certain groups don't like when you don't do what they expect you to do. But that's a whole different post for another time.