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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:22 AM

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

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:

Whining Wendy drones on proclaiming self-centered reasons to kill innocent babies.
Cathie Adams (@cathieadams) June 25, 2013

Too many pro-abortion feminazis are too poor to buy bras. That's DISGUSTING!
Cathie Adams (@cathieadams) June 25, 2013


More at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/06/texas_republicans_are_already.php .

[font color=green]Oh noes, the pro-choice abortion rights protesters didn't wear bras! The world must be coming to an end.[/font]

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Reply Texas Republicans are Already Using the Filibuster as Ammo in Fight for Wendy Davis' Senate Seat (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 2013 OP
Historic NY Jun 2013 #1
Half-Century Man Jun 2013 #3
Wwagsthedog Jun 2013 #2
mbperrin Jun 2013 #4
northoftheborder Jun 2013 #5
sonias Jun 2013 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:58 AM

1. Strong Texas women scare the Texas Republican geldings.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:17 AM

3. You might be too specific.

Strong women scare the republican geldings.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:12 AM

2. She needs to run for Governor anyway

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:03 AM

4. Love to see those Republicans come out strong for coat hangers!

Been visiting with several Republican women locally, and it appears anecdotally that the older the lady, the more likely they are to support abortion, period, and to not only vote, but to be part of the active local party apparatus.

Some of those husbands may not have the grip on their wimmen that they imagine.


Love to see it tested!

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Response to mbperrin (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:12 AM

5. I attended a Planned Parenthood luncheon in SA and most there were over 50. Non-partisan group.

I'd bet at least half were Republicans.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:17 AM

6. That's fantastic

Women in Texas have the voting power - if we could get more women to vote for women - we could win a state wide office.

Thanks for the report!

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