Texas Republicans are Already Using the Filibuster as Ammo in Fight for Wendy Davis' Senate Seat

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Even before Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis took the Senate floor late Tuesday morning and launched into the filibuster that would ultimately grab the nation's attention and kill attempts to railroad abortion restrictions through the state Legislature, she was at the top of Texas Republicans' hit list. Davis, they realized, has the whole package: humble back story; uncanny knack for politics; ability to rally the grassroots; ambitions for higher office; a uterus. She was, and remains, a very big threat to continued Republican dominance of state government.

So, it was no accident when GOP lawmakers attempted to shift Davis into a more conservative district during redistricting in 2011, or when the cash began pouring into Dr. Mark Shelton's no-holds-bars campaign to unseat her in 2012. And Beth Cubriel, the executive director of the Republican Party of Texas, could barely contain her glee when Davis drew the short straw and had to face re-election in 2014, two years early. Neither could party Chairman Steve Munisteri who "danced a jig."

Which brings us to the filibuster last night. While Democrats and abortion-rights supporters cheered, Republicans were loading ammunition for 2014. And it wasn't just former party Chairwoman Cathie Adams, though she did unleash quite the screed against "Whining Wendy" and "feminazis" on Twitter yesterday:

Munisteri told Politico last night that the party was phone-banking voters in Davis' district during the filibuster to "fire up our base," as he put it. Her Fort Worth district leans Republican, and Munisteri sees her Senate seat as ripe for the picking. She already has two potential opponents lined up: Shelton and tea party activist Konni Burton.

Then, there's the prospect of a run for governor or other statewide office. Davis hasn't said if she'll run in 2014 -- the political landscape could still be too unfavorable to Democrats, even one as appealing as Davis -- but the GOP is steeling for that, too.

"I wish she would," Munisteri told Politico. The attention she received from the filibuster might boost her standing and fundraising ability, he acknowledged, but it wouldn't help her win. "Maybe she'll lose by 13 instead of 17."

But why, if beating Davis will be such a cakewalk, is the chairman of the Republican Party so keen on dismissing her to the media? Maybe it's straight-up cockiness. More likely, it's fear.

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MseXe
MseXe

I wonder if any girlfriends of Perry's had abortions because he wouldn't marry them?  Mr. Pro-Marriage/Family Values didn't settle down to marry Anita until he was 32 in 1982, with the median age of marriage for men being 25 at that time.  Just sayin.  When loudmouth people start picking on others lifestyle or whatever, it's because they often have skeletons in their closet.

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

Holy shit!  That Cathie Adams is quite the gaping asshole, isn't she?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Her Senate seat will open up soon enough; when she becomes the next tenant in the governor's mansion.

icowrich
icowrich

It's too soon for a Dem to have a chance at statewide office.  Texas is 10-15 years away from purple status.  She'd be better off running for Congress. 

Susan Howell
Susan Howell

And just think - your tax dollars will pay for Perry and his thugs to have a special session! Absurd!

Susan Howell
Susan Howell

And please say THANK YOU to your family members for this!!!!

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

The more I reflect on Davis' filibuster, the more I am impressed by her actions.  For the record, I support a woman's right to choose, even though I believe that abortion is wrong.

My admiration for Davis doesn't hinge on the abortion issue though.  I admire her because she took this stand, even though she didn't have to.  Politically, all she had to do was vote no.  She'd be on record as opposing the over-reaching restrictions on abortion clinics and could have washed her hands of the whole thing.  Donors, constituents, party leaders and the Observer would have been happy with that.  That she chose to take a stand, to actively defend her principles in this manner speaks volumes about her and her convictions.  She set herself apart from politicians on both sides of the aisle, showed herself to be a woman of principle and integrity.  She also showed that she will risk it all to stand for what she thinks is right.  She showed that she is working for the people, not the party or the donors.

Good for her.

spearits
spearits

I hope someone else takes her spot too because we elect her for the US Senate 

BigDave
BigDave

Eric Nicholson wrote: "or when the cash began pouring into Dr. Mark Shelton's no-holds-bars campaign to unseat her in 2012."

Wendy Davis outspent Dr. Shelton 3 to 1 and she was running as the incumbent. Davis had the highest cost per vote total in the entire state of Texas during the 2012 election cycle.

How can you distort the facts and downright lie like you do?

Luis Cruz
Luis Cruz

Guys Esteban is just a lonely guy with an Facebook picture of a guitar.

Clarissa Nicole
Clarissa Nicole

Texans call 512-463-2000. Once thru politely say u are calling to oppose a 2nd special session. They don't take comments, only a call count.

Charice Shannon
Charice Shannon

Oh wait, if she runs for Governor we can ALL campaign for her. WENDY DAVIS FOR GOVERNOR!

Tom Greer
Tom Greer

It's now more important than ever to support Senator Davis and make SURE she doesn't lose her seat. Indeed, we need more like her!

brian.martin
brian.martin

DMN is reporting that Rick Perry has called a new special session, starting next week. Abortion issue is topic #1.

Melissa Howell
Melissa Howell

Does it surprise anyone else that the Republicans are now going after Wendy Davis in an effort to shut her up? It's clearly obvious that Perry and is fellow male, Republican politicians (and Esteban) like to bully women and underestimate their capabilities and intelligence. They were so confident that this bill would pass last night, even if that meant executing shady tactics, like altering the time the bill was signed. The stodgy, staunch Republicans are scared because they're so used to getting their way here in oppressing women, that as soon as they lose one of their big battles, they don't know what do but to shut out their competition. Pathetic.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

"Now, if you'll excuse me, I would like to read some more substantial commentary" i thought you were going away.

Melissa Howell
Melissa Howell

Esteban - Are you here to provide mature, insightful commentary, or is bullying females the only thing you have to offer? While you're ridiculing this woman with 3rd grade insults about her grammar and what she looks like, you do realize your own grammar sucks and you look like a guitar, right? Maybe you should come back when you're old enough to play with the adults.

Taisia Mungia
Taisia Mungia

you're right. totally bitter. and totally ugly.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

As a Republican women, I always find it disheartening that the party seems to only panders to the right wing crazy base on these social issues.

The abortion debate will always be on a merry go round...we want the right for women to choose, but then we want a murder/manslaughter charge is a mother carrying a fetus is killed and the fetus dies as a result.

Its a tough merry go round, but its time to let people manage it they way that they have and they have done so successfully....lets worry about bringing that Gun manufacture business here and stop worrying about the merry go round that will never stop

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

The problem for Democratic state senators in swing districts is eventually they have to run in off year elections.  Her two previous wins were in Presidential years and she did not win by much, 7,000 votes out of 288,000.  2014, her two year period, is off year.  That period is when Republicans clean up.  The Republicans are just revving home the typical off year base.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

you criticized my grammar first, bonehead. and you can't handle it when someone did it to you. typical liberal.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

"I'm so happy that you're taking your 10th grade grammar textbook and applying it to grown-up topics." lmao. i think you did that first, sweetheart. you're obviously a bitter, ugly woman.

Taisia Mungia
Taisia Mungia

I'm so happy that you're taking your 10th grade grammar textbook and applying it to grown-up topics. I feel so enlightened by your commentary and that of others like you. In fact, I've been very entertained today with all the comments left by people who have so little insight or interest in current affairs. I'm sure Facebook serves a great purpose in delivering all the news on current affairs that you need. Now, if you'll excuse me, I would like to read some more substantial commentary--particularly from people who don't resort to childish name calling and creepy facebook stalking to fish for 8th grade level insults.

Aaron Dietrich
Aaron Dietrich

If that was directed at me Jay Rieve, she's dead, thanks for asking.

John Dizzle
John Dizzle

I am not what you would call a feminist. I do think there needs to be some rules against late term abortions. Having said that, I stayed up till 3:30 am last night rooting for that fucking filibuster. The world was watching and it was nice to go from being embarrassed for Texas to being proud of it again.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

actually, there should be a comma between "job" and "buddy". being that you're an expert on grammar and everything. you should have known that.

ItzallGood
ItzallGood

@scottindallas You betcha!  I already told her she's got my vote and I'll volunteer on her next campaign when she decides to run for governor.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@scottindallas Sure.  Have her run.  She will lose and then get shoveled aside like Ambassador Kirk.  Once you lose your spot on Democratic rung in TX, you are done.  Go get a real job.  Too many behind and around you that desperately cling to their rungs for life.  Imagine what the representation  from South and West Dallas would look like if we did not have term limits on Dallas Council.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@icowrich No room in TX for non-minority successful Democratic candidate for US Congress.  Mr. Doggett is the Last of the Mohicans on that one.  Eventually an Hispanic will take his slot.  Minority groups want their slots.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@RTGolden1 She has more nerve (balls) than most if not all the men in the Texas legislature on both sides of the aisle.

takihendrix
takihendrix

@Clarissa Nicole thanks - I will call telling them I support the second session. 

animas
animas

It is really sad that the party of "less govt." is giving Texas voters and Texas taxpayers  a toxic dose of it-and  at our expense.

animas
animas

It is disingenuous to claim that this law is about "women's safety" when there is no obvious safety problem with this routine procedure.  The obvious aim is to restrict access to abortion, but the Republicans are not even honest enough to state the actual intent of the bill (why can't they at least be honest?)

ItzallGood
ItzallGood

@Esteban Mainzer Good lord, grow up!!

icowrich
icowrich

@MikeWestEast  That's clearly news to Congressman O'Rourke, from El Paso.


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog @BigDave I don't generally raise questions with  you on these topics Mav, but could there be a distinction between money raised and money spent.  BigDave's assertion (unsupported by any link to any source, credible or not) was that Davis outspent shelton 3-1, not out-raised him.

ItzallGood
ItzallGood

@animas Because they're republicans - that's why they can't be honest.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@animas I agree with you...if its a health issue, then Dental clinics should be held to same standard as Abortion Clinics.

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