Texas' delegation at the Republican National Convention seems to have mostly behaved itself in Tampa this week. Soon-to-be Senator Ted Cruz lobbed overblown rhetoric at the Obama administration, and Rick Perry said he'd "absolutely" consider running again, but that's standard fare. At least no one tossed peanuts and racial insults at a black CNN reporter.
That said, the Texas delegation managed to send a very clear message to the world that we dress like every day is Flag Day. I'm talking, of course, about those godawful Western-style Texas flag shirts that appear to have been the mandatory uniform for Texas Republicans. I noticed it first in New York magazine of all places, then there were a couple more in a post by our sister paper in Miami. There are more than that in that horrible "Eyes of Texas" video.
We get it: These are people proud of their state and that the Lone Star is a symbol of that, but a lot of people have pride in their states while also maintaining some sartorial dignity. So, a plea to Texas Republicans and anyone else who has one of the shirts hanging in a closet: Just light it on fire. Do it for Texas.
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