Thursday, June 27, 2013

Remember the Filibuster!

Texas has a new star -- Wendy Davis. Texans have a new Alamo-like battle to remember, too. 

So, in spite of what Gov. Rick Perry and the embarrassed Texas GOP do from here on, the extraordinary events in the Texas Senate -- the Wendy Davis lone-star filibuster, followed by the people’s filibuster -- will continue to teach lessons.

While flinty Republicans are likely to soon plow over what those filibusters accomplished, the genie is out of the bottle and the inspiration will be felt for a long time to come ... especially by young females.

As did many people outside of Texas (thousands? millions?), I watched the way it happened on a live YouTube video feed. In the emotion of the moment, it felt like witnessing a turning point in history. After sleeping on it, I still think it will prove to be just that. But I wish I could read what Molly Ivins would have written about this story.

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