The only thing surprising about Kay Bailey Hutchison’s announcement earlier today that she will serve out her Senate term was the brazenness of its explanations. Most people expected she would stay, because most people didn’t believe her blatantly insincere declarations that she would leave her Senate seat whether she won or lost to Perry in the Republican gubernatorial primary. That pledge was belied by a year of sweaty obfuscations, stalls, and reversals.

But at a San Antonio press conference, Hutchison insisted she really, really intended to leave all along. Really. She had decided to spend more time with her children, but it became clear that she needed to protect them from Obamacare’s insidious plan to provide insurance coverage to sick kids. Plus, her country needed her more than she needed her humiliating defeat in the primary to be the last chapter of her political career.