"Mr. Tesla" and "Texas Legislator"
If we've learned one thing about Bond villain come-to-life Elon Musk, it's that homeboy always gets what he wants in the end.
So you've got to to hand it to the brave cowpokes down in the Texas Statehouse for making a show of denying Elon a chance to sell his electric cars in the Lone Star State.
Facing pressure from state car dealerships, the Texas legislature this week declined to take up several bills that would have allowed Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers.
Under state law, automakers must sell cars through a third-party dealership, which Tesla has refused to do.
Elon has fought this battle and won in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York. But a loss in Texas would keep Tesla from selling cars in the world's 12th largest economy - and also cheat us all from getting to see the deeply ironic image of a Dallas oil millionaire driving an electric sports car. That loss of market growth will displease Elon, which is maybe why Texas lawmakers took pains to keep his name out of their mouths.
In a stunning display of total ignorance, Texas state representative Senfronia Thompson (a Democrat representing House District 141) had this to say about the bill’s failure: "I can appreciate Tesla wanting to sell cars, but I think it would have been wiser if Mr. Tesla had sat down with the car dealers first."
No word yet if Elon plans to mount a Tesla "death ray" in the center of Austin and ask menacingly "You know me now?"