By Dave Andrusko
The Texas Tribune describes itself as follows:
The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
The assertion of non-partisanship is absurd. It is quite within the Tribune’s right to be corporately sponsored by Planned Parenthood or anyone else. But to pretend the Tribune hasn’t a deeply engrained, obvious to the world dedication to abortion and pro-abortion Democrats and a loathing for pro-life Republicans, is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.
Today, the Tribune ran an online 13+minute video on the fifth anniversary of then state Senator Wendy Davis’s famous filibuster of a major piece of pro-life legislation. You can watch it here. Here is the background and a few thoughts.
On June 25, 2013 Davis, then an obscure Texas state Senator, launched an 11-th hour, 13-hour-long filibuster against an omnibus pro-life bill which included provisions to require minimal standards of Texas abortion clinics and a ban on abortions of pain-capable unborn children. Davis, and her pink tennis shoes, became a pro-abortion icon. It didn’t matter that her filibuster only caused pro-life Gov. Rick Perry to call a second special session at which time SB5 passed comfortably. Davis became a “symbol.”
The Tribune’s video does not neglect that HB2 became law but revels that the Supreme Court subsequently gutted two provisions. The pain-capable component was never challenged and is still on the books. The point—the entire point of the tribute to Wendy Davis—is that it supposedly galvanized pro-abortion everywhere. Well, to each his or her own conclusion.
I have a different conclusion.
Number One is that there was not a word that Abortion Queen Davis ran for Texas governor the following year. As we wrote at the time, this feminist/pro-abortion “icon” was going to turn Texas politics on its head by winning every female vote in sight, carry 90% of the Hispanic vote, yada, yada, yada. Pro-life Attorney General Greg Abbott would be just an accidental bystander, run over by the Davis bus.
A funny thing happened on the way to the state capitol. Abbott won an overwhelming victory. He’d carried 59% the vote to 38.9% for Davis. According to an analyst provided by the Dallas Morning News (which swooned for Davis)
- “Abbott carried men and women, a group that in the past has lined up solidly behind Democrats. It was a stunner for Davis, who had targeted women and touted her efforts in support of abortion rights and fair-pay laws. She especially had hoped to appeal to Republican women, but got only 4 percent of their votes.”
- “Abbott scored support from 44 percent of Hispanics.”
- How about vote by educational attainment? “Abbott won across the board, outpacing Davis among high school graduates, those with some college, college graduates and those with postgraduate work.”
Number Two, the video tribute glories in the mini-riot in the galleries by young pro-abortionists which mean that the clock ran out on the legislative session and the bill did not pass (although, as noted above, Gov. Perry called a special session and the bill was quickly passed). This was “Democracy in action,” a forerunner of similar ugly incidents in which pro-lifers and/or conservatives have been silenced.
We had young pro-lifers at the capitol and it was a very, very scary scene.
Davis’ name continues to be floated as a possible successor to Cecile Richards as the new head of Planned Parenthood. And Sandra Bullock will be playing Wendy Davis in the movie “Let Her Speak,” about her filibuster.
So Davis’s fame was no mere 15-minutes long. She will continue to be glorified by Hollywood and the Texas Tribune.
The Texas voter? Not so much.