As we reported earlier, the Texas Democrats have fled the state and flown to Washington, D.C. to prevent a vote on the election security bill, denying Republicans a quorum.
Now, this is a silly move which, as my colleague Bonchie noted earlier, they’re attempting a gambit they can’t ultimately win. It may be stopping a quorum on the election bill but it’s also blocking all the things that Democrats would want to push, which wouldn’t go over well with their constituents. They’re also playing this game in a state that knows better, that knows this bill isn’t anything like they want to paint it, so it’s going to come back to bite the Democrats as a group with independent voters as well.
But if you listen to what Kamala Harris and the Texas legislators are saying you would think that they were storming the beaches of Normandy. They think they’re heroes for perpetuating a vicious falsehood — that this bill in any way inhibits people’s right to vote.
Harris claimed that Democrats were “showing extraordinary courage and commitment.”
VP Kamala Harris shouts out Texas Democrats who walked out to prevent passage of a restrictive GOP voting bill:
“I applaud them standing for the rights of all Americans and all Texans to express their voice through their vote, unencumbered.” pic.twitter.com/qCNEXi3l3O
— The Recount (@therecount) July 12, 2021
“I applaud them standing for the rights of all Americans and all Texans to express their voice through their vote, unencumbered,” Harris exclaimed. “I will say that they are leaders who are marching in the path that so many others before did, when they fought and many died for our right to vote.”
She’s actually comparing them to real civil rights activists? And the people who fought and died for that right? That’s just shameful and insulting to those people. Not one person is being denied the right to vote, and to suggest that’s what’s going on here is woefully dishonest. And how are these runaway babies standing for “expressing their voice through their vote” when they are literally not doing their job of voting?
One of those Texas Democrats, James Talarico, tooted his own horn and those of his colleagues.
Just landed in Memphis on our way to DC. Thank y’all for your well wishes.
We left behind our families, our livelihoods, & our beloved Texas. But our sacrifice is nothing compared to the sacrifices brave Americans have made throughout history to protect the sacred right to vote.
— James Talarico (@jamestalarico) July 12, 2021
Yes, it’s so much commitment to hop on a chartered plane with plenty of booze to not do your job. Quite the hardship. How can we all get that job? Yes, this doesn’t look at all like a vacation.
I want to be on the Texas Dems party bus 😎 pass me one of those millers ladies 😉 pic.twitter.com/naFAOstlz1
— detty (@0ddette) July 12, 2021
The problem of course is that the people of Texas are paying these characters to actually show up to work, and they’re failing to do that. Put up or shut up. State your case and if you can’t, then you failed and the Republicans rightly won. That’s how it works. But they know they’d lose and that’s the real problem here. They know their argument has no merit. So they want instead to pitch drama theater about the mean, bad Republicans when their problem is Texas doesn’t want their policies.
Remember these guys are from the same party arguing that the filibuster is bad and that people should bow to the will of the majority. Just not when they’re in the minority, apparently.