Christopher Hooks

Christopher Hooks is a freelance journalist in Austin.

Julián Castro, Beto O'Rourke
Texas Politics

Dear Beto and Julián, Please Don’t Run for President

Most failed presidential campaigns are high-risk bids for personal glory and a waste of time and money.

Are you planning to run for president on the Democratic ticket in 2020? If not, why not? Everyone else is. Seventeen Republicans ran in 2016, and the nominating process winnowed them down to the least qualified and most deranged. Now, … Read More

Texas Politics

Texas is a Purple State Now. The Proof is in Last Night’s Results.

Tuesday’s midterm was the best election result for Texas Democrats since at least 1994, and gives a lot of reasons to think that something has meaningfully changed in this state.

Photos/Brad Tollefson, Justin Miller, Illustration/Sunny Sone When Ted Cruz slipped ahead of Beto O’Rourke in the count last night, there was a wave of anguish and recrimination from Democrats on social media — some from Texas, many not. That’s understandable. The … Read More

Texas Politics

The Disconnect Between Ted Cruz’s Victory Speech and What Actually Happened in Texas

When Cruz declared victory, the crowd in Houston chanted “build the wall,” and speakers on stage greatly overstated the Republican hold on Texas.

The currency of the realm for Texas Democrats is small, symbolic victories, and the currency of the realm for Texas Republicans is the overwhelming, crushing humiliation of one’s enemies, to see them driven before you and to hear the lamentations … Read More

Ted Cruz
Texas Politics

Ted Cruz’s Do-Nothing Record

Cruz can’t help build the future because he’s focused solely on his present.

There’s one element of the Senate race in Texas that has gotten surprisingly little attention: Ted Cruz’s astonishingly thin legislative record. As his first term comes to a close, he might as well have not been in Congress at all. … Read More

Texas Politics

The Soul-Crushing Emptiness of the Texas Governor’s Race

Greg Abbott was frustratingly vague and dodgy in the one and only gubernatorial debate, delivering the tacit message that he has little to do with the governance of the state.

The race for Texas governor this year is a deadening absurdity between two low-energy politicians with spotty records. An empty suit with a gargantuan checking account versus an empty campaign run by a candidate who is filling the slot for … Read More