Representative Tony Gonzales, the incumbent Republican from Texas’ 23rd District, has managed to eke out a victory in the primary run-off against none other than YouTuber Brandon Herrera. That’s right, folks, apparently being a social media sensation is now a qualifying factor for running for Congress. What a time to be alive!

Gonzales, a Navy veteran who should be commended for his service to our country, found himself in a tight race against Herrera, who is affectionately known as “The AK Guy” due to his love affair with assault rifles. Because apparently, being a gun enthusiast is also a key requirement for holding public office these days. I mean, who needs a deep understanding of policy and governance when you can just wave around a firearm and call it a day?

But here’s where things get interesting. Gonzales, in a moment of clarity (or perhaps temporary insanity), decided to support bipartisan gun safety legislation after the tragic Uvalde elementary school massacre that took place in his very own district. Cue the gasps from his conservative colleagues and the collective clutching of pearls from the hard Right. How dare he prioritize the safety of children over the unfettered access to weapons of war?

And if that wasn’t enough to ruffle some feathers, Gonzales also had the audacity to support Ukraine in their fight against Russian aggression and back same-sex and interracial marriage. I mean, really? What kind of Republican does he think he is? Doesn’t he know that the party line is to turn a blind eye to international conflicts and deny basic human rights to anyone who doesn’t fit into the traditional nuclear family mold?

But fear not, dear readers, because the ultra-Right cavalry arrived in the form of Representatives Matt Gaetz and Bob Good, who threw their support behind Herrera in a desperate attempt to add another member to their Freedom Caucus faction. Because what Congress really needs is more politicians who prioritize grandstanding and obstruction over actual governance.

Gonzales, to his credit, has been quoted as saying how much of an honor it is to serve in Congress, despite having to work with some “real scumbags.” He even called out Gaetz specifically, which is a bold move considering the Florida congressman’s penchant for controversy and questionable behavior. But hey, it’s not like Gaetz has ever been accused of anything serious, right? Oh, wait…

Now, assuming Gonzales’ victory holds up after the mandatory recount (because apparently winning by a mere 407 votes is too close for comfort in Texas), he’ll face off against Democrat Santos Limon in the general election. Political analysts believe the seat is pretty safe for Republicans, but let’s be real, if the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that predictions in politics are about as reliable as a weather forecast in the middle of a hurricane.

At the end of the day, Gonzales’ narrow victory in the primary is a testament to the fact that even in deep red Texas, there is a growing appetite for politicians who are willing to buck the party line and prioritize common sense over blind loyalty to a particular ideology. Whether that will be enough to carry him to victory in November remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: if Gonzales does manage to hold onto his seat, he’ll have his work cut out for him in a Congress that seems more interested in scoring political points than actually solving the problems facing our nation.

But hey, that’s just the opinion of a humble conservative political news analyst. What do I know? I’m just here to provide some snark and humor in a world that often feels like it’s gone completely off the rails. So, sit back, grab some popcorn, and watch as the circus that is American politics continues to unfold. It’s sure to be a wild ride.