Wendy Davis = woman who filibustered Texas abortion bill
Honestly, standing 11 hours with no breaks speaking truth to power - and WINNING - it doesn't get much better than that.
I repeat, what a woman!
Molly Ivins would be proud.
She needs to run for Governor.
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I'd vote for her for Goddess.
She's awesome and if any of you have twitter accounts or social media account go to those and say so loudly. Vote up positive or give positive comments about what she is doing.
Once again I can't say enough good things about her.
That is a really weird way to pass laws. Why don't they just wrestle over it or something.
No one protests the Congress Republicans filibustering - and they do it ALL the time.
You have got to remember it is Texas.
She wore a back brace so she could stand up straight - had she "leaned", she would have broken the filibuster.
Smart and gorgeous to boot. I am in love! :)
Finally, ONE person in Texas who isn't an asshole.
Amy Poehler needs to play her.
Wendy is a babe!
So much for the notion that liberal women are ugly bitter hags. Texas, for all its fucked-up qualities, has produced some very strong women in its history. Wendy is in fine company.
[quote]So much for the notion that liberal women are ugly bitter hags.
You obviously haven't seen Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Gabbard is on the far right, Sinema is center-right.
The other two are Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and Grace Meng of New York.
Please Wendy Davis run for governor of our great state before Perry declares himself "Governor For Life" while in a pill-induced euphoria.
A bunch of people (including Kirsten Gillibrand's PAC) have put out fundraising e-mail blasts for Wendy Davis. She may lose her seat, but she'll go down fighting.
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I might would move back to Texas in order to vote for her. Well, maybe not.
Do what you can. Don't let her down.
R22, of course not. Most hollywood actresses are Democrats--that's a rather large cohort, I'd say.
I wonder if she could beat idiot Rick Perry for Gov. I've heard way too many rumors about Perry being a closet case for it not to be true. Some of the personal "aides" who are his fuck-buddies need to sell their stories.. just after he launches his campaign.
Timing is all.
We just need to find some rich third-party candidate who would draw from Perry's base, and then she could sneak in through a plurality.
What? The Republicans do it.
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R20, you're hallucinating.
Some of the responses in this thread = misogyny in a nutshell. WTF difference does it make how 'attractive' a female politician is when she is capable of amazing feats like this? Would it be considered less of an achievement if she'd been as ugly as most male politicians who get a pass on notions of appearance?
She is coming on Anderson's CNN show RIGHT NOW.
R35, they were talking about the perception - borne of Limbaugh and Hannity et al and carried out through the right-wing meme machine -that liberal women are hags.
Not an invention of the DL.
I am so amazed with this woman and what she did last night!!! I totally lost this during the day while following our news from the Supreme Court. She's got some big balls -- or perhaps that would be ovaries! Kudos!!!
In January, PPP found Wendy Davis trailing Rick Perry just 47-41 despite- at that time- pretty low name recognition.
That was just a six-point deficit when no one knew who Wendy Davis was. That is changing quickly. Her late-night heroics were a national sensation, a real-time viral hit. It proves that Democrats all over the country have been aching for a true Texas champion, and we now have her.
Surprised to find myself watching the news tonight and wishing they'd get through DOMA so I could watch the Wendy Davis clips again. She was fantastic.
R34 I think I know what that "whoosh" sound you heard flying over your head.
Here's he appearance on Chris Hayes' show. Wow! She is spectacular. Eloquent, to the point and honest about her own political ambitions. She'll be a greater inheritor to Ann Richard's tradition. If Perry runs in 2014 she could really embarrass him.
It looks like Wendy is in the news again. Do you think she stands a chance?
She's got my vote and - so far - 500 of my bucks too.
I love seeing someone like her standing up in a third-world country. It makes me feel optimistic for America, which is teetering on the brink of becoming a third-world country.
I love that Wendy. I really wish she could redeem Texas.
I fantasize about a Clinton/Davis 2016 ticket (though will settle happily for Clinton/Castro).
Anyone going to her Gilley's fundraiser in Dallas on Monday?
I got invited to a fundraiser, but the prices started at $500 per person... I'll have to wait for a cheaper venue. I've already given her $500 but I'd have to cough up another $1000 for me and my partner. Maybe after payday..
Let's try and keep her in the news and let's turn Texas blue.
I went to a much less expensive fundraiser in Dallas last night, only $50.
I had already contributed also.
At last count, with 8,742 of 8,745 (99.97%) reporting, Wendy Davis had just 432,025 votes, or 79.05% of the primary vote in a two-person race. All told, 546,480 Democrats voted in the 2014 primary.
Failure, in other words.
If you're someone who has given millions of dollars to this effort, you're fuming and/or depressed today. Send in the auditors. Send in the adults. Double down. Or retreat entirely.
Compare the Democrats' figures to the Republican nominee Greg Abbott's numbers. Abbott received 1,219,831 votes, or 91.50% in a four-way primary race. 1,333,010 Republicans voted in the 2014 primary. Those figures may change ever-so-slightly, as 8,825 of 8,829 (99.95%) of precincts are now reporting.
But what is really astonishing is that Wendy Davis lost 26 mostly-South Texas counties and tied in two more.
The abysmal, embarrassing primary performance by Wendy Davis was shared by her party at large, though, as Democrats advanced a Lyndon LaRouche acolyte, who is demanding the impeachment of Barack Obama, to a multi-month runoff for U.S. Senate. And Kinky Friedman is going to the Democrats' Agriculture Commissioner runoff.
There is no papering over just how bad Tuesday night was for Texas Democrats. Their "rockstar" nominee losing more than two dozen counties, mostly in heavily Hispanic areas, demonstrates just how misguided their "nominate a single issue candidate" plan was. Democrats failing to receive a single vote in nearly two dozen more demonstrates that their vaunted field and data work isn't yielding results in critical political regions of the state.
In short, there is a partisan enthusiasm gap in Texas, and Republicans are winning it. Democrats have years of soul searching and retooling to do before they'll even sniff winning their first statewide race since the early 90s. Anointing someone known almost exclusively for filibustering on behalf of elective late-term abortion post 5 months of pregnancy may have set the Democrats' plan back at least one full election cycle, if not more.
She will lose bigtime
Battleground Texas has had a hard time getting its act together, which is surprising as the head is the guy who spearheaded Obama's grass roots campaign in 2008. Davis won the Dem primary easily, but there was a surprisingly strong runner-up, an Hispanic candidate. Davis has to get out the Hispanic vote to win.
Abbott's an inept candidate who makes gaffe after gaffe (his pal Ted Nugent etc.) so don't count him in.