In the wake of Sandy Hook, to justify openly pressuring Congress to restrict our Second Amendment gun rights, the national media frequently pointed to polls showing majority public support for laws that would broaden the scope of background checks. When this law failed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, the media bellyached for weeks about the filibuster and the GOP “obstructionism” that thwarts the will of the people.
This is not a new kind of media attack against the political right. Ever since Obama assumed the presidency, under the guise of reporting, the media have attacked our “do nothing” congress as dysfunctional and incapable of accomplishing anything. According to the media, a legislative body “doing nothing” is a huge problem. As the media push to see millions of Democrats legalized through immigration reform, look for this media narrative to explode at the GOP Congress.
But in reality, we all know that this is wild hypocrisy and that our media see some obstructionists who thwart the will of the people as a lot more equal than others.
Take for instance, State Senator Wendy Davis, the Texas Democrat who is now a full-fledged national Media Dahling after her 11-hour filibuster managed to block the Texas Senate from passing laws that would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks a
So incoherent is this fauxtrage that Jonathan Chait and Dave Weigel felt conscientiously obliged to defend Perry on it. I don’t think there’s any logic to the attacks per se; I think it’s a pure reflex reaction among Davis fans to paint her as a victim of a brutish pro-life conservative male pol, however hard they need to strain to make that happen. In victimhood lies Absolute Moral Authority, so let’s try to scrounge some up.
“No life is trivial in God’s eyes. The fact is — who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t live successful lives?” Perry asked at the National Right to Life convention in Dallas.
“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances,” he continued. “She was the daughter of as single woman; she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
Perfectly straightforward: Wendy Davis herself proves that motherhood is no bar to becoming a successful prominent person. Too bad she hasn’t used her own experience to make that point. The bit about not learning from her own example hasn’t sat well with the left, though, because it’s “without dignity” and “condescending” and — whatever. The point here, to paraphrase Joe Biden’s famous line about Rudy Giuliani, is simply to string together a noun, a verb, and “war on women” and club Perry with it.
They’re offended because it helps Davis and the cause of rallying support for abortion for them to be offended.
After Sen. Wendy Davis (D-TX) successfully blocked an omnibus anti-abortion bill on Tuesday by filibustering it for 13 hours — without eating, drinking, straying off topic from the proposed measure, sitting, going to the restroom, or even leaning against a table — she became an overnight sensation. The hashtag #standwithwendy was trending worldwide on Tuesday night, the president tweeted out his support, Davis’ Wikipedia page was temporarily edited to declare her the “LeBron James of filibustering,” and dozens of memes in the Texas lawmaker’s honor spread throughout the Internet.
But the jubilation was somewhat short-lived. Less than 24 hours after Davis ran out the clock on Texas’ special session, ensuring the demise of the SB 5 abortion legislation, Gov. Rick Perry (R) decided to convene a second special session. The new session will begin on July 1, giving lawmakers yet another chance to push through SB 5.
So what’s next for Davis and the thousands of activists on the ground who did everything in their power to defeat SB 5? Is there any chance the stringent abortion restrictions can be blocked again? Here’s what we know so far:
Not only was it a big defeat of the tea party, but Texans will witness the making of a new femi-NAZI cultural icon. Her name is Wendy Davis.
Sen. Davis killed the pro-life bill in the Texas Senate with a marathon filibuster from the floor. After Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gaveled the senate adjourned last night, the pro-abortion forces conducted a giant victory celebration under the Texas Star in the Capitol rotunda.
Meanwhile, the world’s leftist media hailed Davis’ feat. She garnered front page images and ink on most of the world’s newspapers. Look for Sen. Davis to be paraded before the world’s media as a victorious warrior in the “War on Women”. Meanwhile, Texas babies will continue to die.
Tea party enemy Texas House Speaker Joe Straus effectively killed all the pro-life legislation in the regular session. Straus had been elected unanimously by the representatives with tea party approval even though it was well known that Straus was Pro-Choice.. But tea party forces persuaded Texas Gov. Rick Perry to put the abortion issue on the agenda for a special session along with consideration of U.S. Attorney Eric Holder’s re-work of the state’s voting boundaries.
The tea party made an enemy out of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and the movement never had enough votes to bring legislation to a vote on the Senate floor without Dewhurst’s approval.
This may spell a retreat and the end of the tea party movement. That will remain to be seen. Right now, the tea party seems very vulnerable.
Judging from all the frantic e-mails received by the InkDemon, Texas Tea Party followers wanted a lot of action out of the Texas Legislature which they did not get. Here is a partial list.
The Tea Party passionately wanted House Speaker Joe Straus removed. That not only failed, but all of Straus’ potential opponents threw in the towel. That left Straus being elected at the beginning of the session by “unanimous vote.” It reminds the Inkdemon of that song back in the 1980’s by Cyndie Lauper, Money Changes Everything. See the video below. Suggestion: Play the video while reading. It adds to the effect.
An Austin newspaper said that before the session, it was well-known that Straus was pro-choice. When the session ended, Straus had effectively killed all the pro-life legislation bills that the Tea Party had submitted. OUCH! Hey! Tea Partier! Your candidate voted pro-choice! That includes Rep. Jeff Leach of Plano.
Hispanic and Latino voters had supported Republican causes. Their voting percentage was a high as 45 percent. After the Tea Party fanatics roasted them with mean talk, that voting percentage fell to less than 25 percent.
The Republicans held a majority in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate in the past legislature, but that majority was reduced after the 2012 election. Blame that on the Latino voters switching allegiance. The GOP may never win them back.
The reduction of Tea Party influence in the Senate gave Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst almost dictatorial powers. The Tea Party opposed Dewhurst’s bid for the U.S. Senate. Dewhurst is no friend of the Tea Party. The Tea Party was left without sufficient votes to bring bills to the Senate floor without Dewhurst’s approval.
An Austin newspaper reported that Joe Straus — the enemy of the Tea Party — pretty well had his own way in the past session.
The more liberal legislature has robbed the rainy day fund to pay for programs to pay back Democrats and RINO Republicans for their support.
Geo. W. Bush
Now Gov. Rick Perry will call the legislature back into session. Reason: To pass U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s redistricting boundaries. The InkDemon does not entirely blame Holder. After all, our old “friend” Bushy-Tailed George W. Bush signed into law a 25-year extension of the Civil Rights Act which gave Washington oversight of the Texas Legislature in matters of redistricting. Time for a joke: “Do you know the difference between a rat and a squirrel? Answer: “A squirrel is just a rat with good PR.”
Editor’s note — Is this another defeat for the Tea Party in Texas?
Hays County Republican Party backs Straus for Texas House speaker
By Ciara O’Rourke
SAN MARCOS — Hays County Republican Party Chairman Shawn Blakeley issued a statement Wednesday announcing that he and the party’s executive committee are throwing their support behind Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
Straus is again facing a challenge from the right in his bid for another term at the lower chamber’s helm. House members choose the speaker, and Straus beat out two Republican challengers in 2010 when he faced similar opposition from conservative activists.
“The speaker’s record in advancing solid conservative legislation, and balancing the budget without raising taxes, is a fulfillment of promises he made prior to last session,” Blakeley said, adding that the party’s executive committee trusts state Rep. Jason Isaac, “who has said the speaker is worthy of our support.”
Blakeley said the executive committee passed a resolution doing just that.
Despite a loss of seven seats in the 150-member Texas House of Representatives and failing to win what once looked like a winnable state Senate seat, Republicans remain in firm control of the statehouse.
Whether that’s good news for House Speaker Joe Straus is debatable in light of some developments after Tuesday’s election.
First, more than 100 conservative activists from across the state have endorsed East Texas GOP Rep. Bryan Hughes, the only challenger Straus has so far. By this time two years ago the San Antonio Republican had two, one of whom was Warren Chisum, R-Pampa.
If Straus has the 76 pledges he needs to win a third term as speaker, he hasn’t said it.
One reason may be because 40 of the 43 new House members are truly first-timers. The other three – all Democrats – are former members returning after a two-year absence.
The other reason may be the Democratic minority, which once embraced Straus, remains unhappy with him. As San Antonio’s Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer – a former ally – said before last year’s session ended, Straus “has turned his back on Texas women and minorities.”