Russ White MUG

Texodus. It’s a term Democrats have coined to describe the mass retirements of Republican members of Congress before the blue tsunami of the upcoming election.

Texas saw two seats change from red to blue in the 2018 midterm elections, and Republican margins of victory in several others were significantly reduced from previous cycles.

Demographics in the state, as they are everywhere in the country, are creating a hole Republicans will have difficulty climbing out of. To date, six Republican members of the U.S. House from Texas have announced they will not run for re-election.

As a “recovering” Texan, I find this information encouraging. A sign of the times I see as even more encouraging is the incipient civil war brewing between the actual news anchors and the opinion talking heads on the Fox News network.

As the long-overdue impeachment inquiry into the corruption of the president heats up, the news anchors on Fox have begun to actually press supporters of this illegitimate president by asking them real questions about actual facts, and not accepting their boilerplate talking points without pushing back. It would be painful to watch these interviews were it not for the fact it is way past time for them to have been going on.

Of course, the propaganda wing of the network continues its unabashed distortion and outright lying in support of the most corrupt president in the country’s history.

This has led to some quite interesting back and forths between the news anchors and opinion talking heads on Fox. I have read it mirrors a split going on in the management of the network now that Rupert Murdoch is no longer in control.

Maybe Fox is about to join the ranks of legitimate news organizations. That would be immensely good for the country.

When 11 people witness an event and then report on it, one would expect their accounts of it, while differing in minu-

tiae based on their perspectives, to largely coincide. When 10 are in consensus about what happened, and one is telling a completely different tale, it’s only logical to understand that it’s the outlier who has it wrong.

Sadly, because of the confirmation bias inherent in most of us, many in the Fox base are willfully blind to this reality. Like band parents: “Oh look, honey, everyone in the band is out of step except our little Foxie.”

Texodus and a Fox split. There’s hope, people. Stay active!

— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to