You’d be forgiven for forgetting they existed, however the fugitive Texas Democrats, who fled their state to cease the passage of a secular voting integrity invoice, are nonetheless hanging out in Washington, DC. Where precisely, I’m undecided, however I like to think about them sleeping on cots and consuming ramen noodles each night time whereas they mutter obscenities about Gov. Greg Abbott to one another. That’s after they aren’t spreading COVID to everybody, in fact.
There was a sighting a couple of days in the past wherein a few of them appeared with Al Sharpton on the MLK memorial. You know, as a result of nothing stirs assist in Texas like latching onto a infamous, big-city race grifter to push the false notion that voting rights are being eradicated as a result of there are solely two weeks of early voting.
Democratic members of the Texas state legislature and @TheRevAl Sharpton on Voting Rights on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC – LIVE on-line right here: https://t.co/keOcKvvAH1 pic.twitter.com/nvISA4lU5z
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 28, 2021
They couldn’t be extra tone-deaf in the event that they tried, and imagine me, they may assuredly attempt as this stunt rolls on. But with August approaching and the prospect of one other particular session on the horizon, these valiant crusaders are lastly coming to a sobering realization — they’re screwed.
“‘For us it’s do or die, because Gov. Abbott is going to call another special session as early as Aug. 9,’ Reynolds said. ‘We hope the Senate realizes that we’re on borrowed time, so we really need federal intervention.’”
They’re boned they usually understand it. https://t.co/AXuYvk7CCH
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) July 30, 2021
The phrase “do or die” is doing a variety of work right here given the realities of the state of affairs. Contrary to the dramatics, what they’re stumping for is a complete federal takeover of the election system so as to cease Texas from doing outrageous issues like disallowing 24-hour voting and poll harvesting. Truly, these are the civil rights leaders of our time.
As I wrote when this complete foolish charade began, these Texas Democrats have engaged in a sport of rooster they don’t have any capacity to win (see Texas Democrats Decide to Play a Ridiculous Game of Chicken They Can’t Win). What was the plan right here? To keep in Washington for a month after which come dwelling victorious? That was by no means going to occur. Instead, Abbott is simply going to hold calling particular periods till these glory hounds resolve to come dwelling and do the job they’re legally required to do.
The For the People Act is lifeless. It doesn’t qualify for reconciliation and there’s no eleventh-hour save coming within the subsequent few days to make it legislation and by some means pre-empt the Texas legislature. Instead, these Texas Democrats are caught. Are they actually going to spend a number of extra months away from their households, preventing a battle they’ll’t win? Color me extraordinarily skeptical.
The extra the media protection fades, and it’s already practically non-existent, the much less incentive there will probably be to stick this out understanding they’re going to lose anyway. I’d additionally guess they’re sporting out their welcome at this level. It was all enjoyable and video games when it was luncheons with the vice chairman and getting excursions from Nancy Pelosi. The festivities are over, although, so what’s subsequent?
They clearly do not know what’s subsequent. This is a case examine in not choosing a battle you don’t have the flexibility to end. Texas Republicans maintain overwhelming majorities within the state legislature. They have the facility to cross their voter integrity invoice whether or not these Texas Democrats prefer it or not. The longer this stupidity goes on, the extra they’re going to pay for it down the highway. The sensible transfer is to tuck tail and head dwelling. The arrest movies will make an excellent fundraising software.