Wendy Davis is the Texas Democratic state senator who unsuccessfully filibustered a bill that would have criminalized abortions after 20 weeks. She held the floor for about 11 hours. And that was all that was needed for the media to turn her into a celebrity, championing her as an icon of women’s rights. A warrior in the fight to give every woman the “right” to murder her unborn child in case the child poses an inconvenience to the mother. Instantly, she became a national media sensation. So did her pink shoes. Here’s MSNBC:
“Shoe-maker Mizuno may want to consider Democratic Texas Sen. Wendy Davis as the brand’s new spokesperson. Since Davis stood in an all-day filibuster to block an abortion vote in the Texas Senate, the sneakers she wore–Mizuno Wave Rider 16 running shoes–have become the top-selling women’s shoe in all categories on Amazon. And as sales for the filibuster sneakers have spiked, the Amazon reviews have emerged as a political forum for the abortion debate.”
And now, Ms. Davis fancies herself running for governor of Texas in 2014.
But when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, also from Texas, takes to the floor for 21 hours, immediately the media chimes in making sure everyone knows it’s not a real filibuster. It’s all symbolic. He’s just trying to raise money for the Tea Party. And it’s a complete waste of time and an embarrassment to politics, or America…or something. Here are our friends over at the New York Times:
“Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the public face of the aimless and self-destructive Tea Party strategy to stop health care reform, began an endless floor speech on Tuesday with the theme of “make D.C. listen.” But even his Republican colleagues had long since stopped paying attention to his corrosive bombast, tired of his pious insults to his own party and unimpressed with his eagerness to shut down the government in pursuit of an ideological dream… Mr. Cruz’s campaign to defund health reform consists largely of an absurd plan to filibuster the very House bill that kept the government from closing and defunded the health law, a notion that was rejected by the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, and most Senate Republicans. After he lost their support, he began an extended tirade anyway, a stunt that might resemble a filibuster but in fact will have to end Wednesday morning before a prescheduled vote on the House bill takes place… Mr. Cruz may love the spotlight, but, when it fades, he will find he was only speaking to himself.”
Wendy Davis wants Kermit Gosnell’s legacy to live on, and she’s given the red carpet. Ted Cruz stands in opposition to a widely unpopular train wreck of a bill that had to pass in order to find out what was in it, and the establishment wants his head on a stick.