How to Win by Losing

Steve Stockman is a clever troll. The Republican Congressman from Texas gives his donors Obama barf bags (tagline: socialism makes me sick!), says his favorite gun lubricant is "liberal tears" and hawks bumper stickers that suggest the solution to abortion is distributing firearms to babies. A two-term backbencher with no legislative accomplishments, he is known mostly for outrageous tweets.

So when Stockman announced in December that he would give up his House seat to challenge John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, he seemed like a long shot. Now he is more like a laughingstock. Stockman trailed by more...

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