U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall has finally ended his long charade and declared himself to be a Republican. The final straw came in 2002 when he would not even vote to support the Democratic House leader to be Speaker of the House. Once that line was crossed the party label was all but meaningless. I'm not sure when the last time Hall actually voted with the Democrats on anything. Probably not for a dozen years or longer. Hall always made Charlie Stenholm seem like a party loyalist.
It's too bad that Hall didn't take his wife's advice and just retire, but obviously the one Republican position that he still hasn't come to terms with is term limits.