Exclusive* interview: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

posted at 2:31 pm on July 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Fresh off the triumph of the legislature last night, Texas’ Lt. Governor David Dewhurst joined me earlier today for an exclusive* interview.  Dewhurst is obviously delighted with the passage of the late-term abortion ban, although the event itself was “anti-climatic,” Dewhurst says. That hasn’t been true of the overall process, though, and Dewhurst quipped, “Now I know how Scott Walker in Wisconsin felt — I got it, I got it.”

Dewhurst hails the addition of regulations that require abortion clinics to meet the same state standards as all other ambulatory surgical centers.  That includes, Dewhurst reminds us, doorways that can fit gurneys, an adequate blood supply in case of unexpected hemorrhaging, and a backup generator in case power goes out in the middle of an abortion, as well as other standards of hygiene and practice.  Existing clinics will have until September 2014 to make the construction changes, which Dewhurst believes to be  reasonable time frame.  “A year is plenty [of] time for these facilities to go ahead and make their changes,” Dewhurst says. “If they’re not going to upgrade their abortion [clinics] to put them at the standard of care, as I said, where you have your child’s tonsils out or cataract surgery, then they don’t deserve to be open.”

Less reasonable, Dewhurst says, were the protesters who tried to hijack and intimidate the legislature once again, failing this time.  Dewhurst blames the “international socialists,” the ACLU, MoveOn.org, and Planned Parenthood for the disruptions over the last few weeks, and reluctantly discusses the urine and feces projectiles that some planned to launch at legislators.  These groups want to force Texas away from its “very conservative” nature and dumping money in Texas in the effort, which Dewhurst says will only succeed “over my dead, cold political body.”

Dewhurst believes that Gov. Rick Perry will plan a signing ceremony in the next few days, with a significant amount of flourish.

* – Using the media definition of “exclusive,” which is that no other journalists were on the call at the time.

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So, feel as though your click group of morons won something here if you want, but we all know the truth.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM

That would be clique, moron.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Um, duh, I already did make that argument. That all those regulations should be gotten rid of. Remember I was talking about how expensive my health care is because of similar regulations? That people should be allowed to shop for care that meets their needs, including in price/risk.
That was the whole point. That is where hypocrisy comes in. If this was aimed at any other place, conservatives would be all in an uproar. But hey, it is planned parent hood. That makes it conservative. NO IT DOES NOT.
Well, that is what is happening by the way with coal generation power plants. Due to the base material, COAL, which has things that other fuels, like wind, solar, gas, hydroelectric do not have at all any, it is just a matter of forcing coal plants to produce the same technologically and scientifically impossible byproducts as the others.

So, time to stop moaning about Obama and the EPA forcing them to shut down. Because that is exactly what you said would give you moral justification to be in favor.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

That would be clique, moron.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

WOOHOO, the spelling police are out in force tonight.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Well, since your point has been made, why are you here?

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

It’ll be interesting to see if you straighten up your arguments, or if you keep digging that hole deeper.

Looks like you’re going the latter route.

22044 on July 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

So, time to stop moaning about Obama and the EPA forcing them to shut down. Because that is exactly what you said would give you moral justification to be in favor.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

you are really bad at this. you just don’t get what youre being told and you just keep scatter shooting hoping something will stick.

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

You still have failed to explain why an abortion provider should not be required to meet the same health and safety standards that are required of, say, an oral surgeon.

Why should abortion providers be exempted from health and safety standards that are imposed on all other ambulatory surgical centres?

What makes those animals special? Why shouldn’t all animals be treated equally?

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

WOOHOO, the spelling police are out in force tonight.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

If you’re going to call people morons, perhaps, you should first check your spelling.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

If this was aimed at any other place, conservatives would be all in an uproar.

The fact is, however, these regulations are already imposed on everyone else. The question is why should abortion providers be exempt from them.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Well, that is what is happening by the way with coal generation power plants. Due to the base material, COAL, which has things that other fuels, like wind, solar, gas, hydroelectric do not have at all any, it is just a matter of forcing coal plants to produce the same technologically and scientifically impossible byproducts as the others.

No, coal plants are being subjected to ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS, which are not imposed on other power generators.

Abortion providers are not being subjected to additional regulations from which other ambulatory surgical centres are exempt.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM

if all powerplants had to meet certain safety standards and coal plants were exempt than i’d be for them having to comply.

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

They are moron. No scatter shooting required. Coal has mercury, which of the other power generation types does? Coal has a much higher concentration of carbon that is burned, and in their eyes, CO2 is dangerous, than all the other power generation types.
So, they can count you on their side now?

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Sites for the extra regulations? As far as i know, they are worded to effect any power generation plant. The only difference is that coal produces the “pollution” in higher quantities and thus bears the brunt of the regulations. But they are not targeted ONLY AT coal plants. I do not think natural gas produces many of the impurities that coal does. Sulfur, mercury, lead and much higher concentration of carbon…
But the rules apply to ALL.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

The fact is, however, these regulations are already imposed on everyone else. The question is why should abortion providers be exempt from them.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

No reason. It just is not CONSERVATIVE. But you have to argue it is conservative.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

But the rules apply to ALL.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Then, good. Now, we can disagree with the government for imposing those regulations, but we have to admit that they are not exempting anyone and are applying them to all.

Now, why should abortion providers be exempted from CURRENT regulations regarding health and safety that are ALREADY imposed on EVERY OTHER surgical centre?

Why should abortion providers be exempted?

That’s the real crux of this issue. Abortion providers are opposed to having to meet the same standards that other healthcare providers must. Are abortion providers more equal than others?

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Um, duh, I already did make that argument.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

actually, you didn’t. but go ahead. explain how these regulations are heavy handed and don’t help public safety. explain why an ambulatory surgical center should be allowed to have hallways to narrow for a gurney to navigate through.

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

The fact is, however, these regulations are already imposed on everyone else. The question is why should abortion providers be exempt from them.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

No reason. It just is not CONSERVATIVE. But you have to argue it is conservative.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

I don’t have to argue whether it is conservative or not. I’m not a conservative.

It is one thing to argue for an abolition of all regulations. It is something entirely different to argue, as the abortion providers are, that they should be exempted from the regulations imposed on similar medical facilities, i.e. facilities that perform surgical procedures, but are not hospitals.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I’m not a huge Dewhurst fan-but he did good last night.
#Stand4Life!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Because, as a consumer, I get to choose where I want to have care. All these regulations do is force me into a government mandated one size fits all and by god is it going to cost you medical system where taking 3 minutes to look at a cut and say, no, that is not an infection, but just a water blister under the skin costs $200 and getting one IV bag and worthless pain killers and taking up a bed in a hospital for less than 5 hours costs a full month of income.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I never argued that they should be exempt. I only said it was ironic that the Lt Governor was saying they would not change Texas to be less conservative while lauding new anti conservative regulations.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

no, cut the crap, address specific regulations.

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I never argued that they should be exempt. I only said it was ironic that the Lt Governor was saying they would not change Texas to be less conservative while lauding new anti conservative regulations.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Educate me here: Is it not conservative to treat everyone equal?

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Educate me here: Is it not conservative to treat everyone equal?

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

No, it is not conservative to do so. Everyone is not equal. You know how to spell click where I do not. We are not equal there. We will not be treated equally, period. I do not expect to be treated the same as someone else. I am not disappointed in the results because rarely am I ever afforded exactly the same treatment as other people.
As for the abortion mills, their purpose is death. They should not be treated at all like other places that respect life and work to preserve it. They should be shut down completely and anyone seeking an abortion, paying for an abortion or performing an abortion should be jailed or executed.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

no, cut the crap, address specific regulations.

chasdal on July 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

No.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

No, it is not conservative to do so. Everyone is not equal. You know how to spell click where I do not. We are not equal there. We will not be treated equally, period. I do not expect to be treated the same as someone else. I am not disappointed in the results because rarely am I ever afforded exactly the same treatment as other people.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

So, you favour imposition on some citizens and businesses while others get exempted.

You have the RIGHT under the Fourteenth Amendment to equal protection under the law.

I do expect to be treated equally under the law.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

You do realize that the 14th amendment has been one of the sledge hammers used by the progressive’s over the last century to strip Americans of more rights than any other singular part of the Constitution other than the commerce clause, right? Even the income tax is not as destructive to our rights as the 14th amendment.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I was referring to the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

You are, mostly like, referring to the created Doctrine of Incorporation.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM

most likely

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

most likely

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Yeah, incorporation down to the individual, not incorporation to the states. I agree that the states have no right to deny us any of the bill of rights.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

If you’re going to call people morons, perhaps, you should first check your spelling.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

LOL, zing!

See boys and girls; *that’s* what ‘pwnage’ looks like.

Midas on July 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Why do liberals hate women and want them to have to go to sub-standard medical facilities? Why would they not want the finest of healthcare facilities and providers for women? Why would they want abortion clinics to be less safe, hygienic and regulated, without even the same minimum standards as a veterinary clinic?

Why, it’s as though it hates women, and wants to wage war on them or something.

Midas on July 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

If you’re going to call people morons, perhaps, you should first check your spelling.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Yes, because spelling is the epitome of intelligence, just like pro abortion fanatics and progressives in general are the epitome of knowing the consequences of actions. It does not make you specifically any less of a moron.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM

LOL, zing!

See

boys and girls

; *that’s* what ‘pwnage’ looks like.

Midas on July 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

We know who your target group is.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

What “We”? Who are the “We” you keep referring to?

rottenrobbie on July 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

It is one thing to argue for an abolition of all regulations. It is something entirely different to argue, as the abortion providers are, that they should be exempted from the regulations imposed on similar medical facilities, i.e. facilities that perform surgical procedures, but are not hospitals.

Resist We Much on July 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Saaay, if they don’t require the same standards as a surgical center, the it must not be surgery. And if its not surgery, then it doesn’t require a doctor. And if it doesn’t require a doctor, then any boyfriend/husband should be able to perform the adoption themselves right? Bro-choice anyone?

Nutstuyu on July 14, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Yes, because spelling is the epitome of intelligence, just like pro abortion fanatics and progressives in general are the epitome of knowing the consequences of actions. It does not make you specifically any less of a moron.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Actually, spelingg ys thee ipotomy of being more smarterest. If ewe can’t speil betterer then a therd gradr no wun ken tak yu more seriouser.

Nutstuyu on July 14, 2013 at 12:47 AM

For taxes, it should be a flat rate head tax. That is the only real fair tax where people elect representatives to spend money.

astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Seriously? We have 300 million people, roughly. Assume the government spends 3 trillion a year. That’s obscene, but very roughly what’s going on. You want a $10,000 per person head tax? $40,000 for a family of 4?

trigon on July 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Um, duh, I already did make that argument. That all those regulations should be gotten rid of. Remember I was talking about how expensive my health care is because of similar regulations? That people should be allowed to shop for care that meets their needs, including in price/risk.astonerii on July 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I see that you then must be in favor of those high-risk back alleys if the market price is right?

Don L on July 14, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Seriously? We have 300 million people, roughly. Assume the government spends 3 trillion a year. That’s obscene, but very roughly what’s going on. You want a $10,000 per person head tax? $40,000 for a family of 4?

trigon on July 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

If we’re going to do something as radical as switch to a flat, per person tax, why couldn’t we also consider something as radical as, I don’t know, drastically slashing spending? If the government only did those things it was specifically authorized to do under the Constitution, I bet it would cost a lot less.

Shump on July 14, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Correct spelling:

DoWorst

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Seriously? We have 300 million people, roughly. Assume the government spends 3 trillion a year. That’s obscene, but very roughly what’s going on. You want a $10,000 per person head tax? $40,000 for a family of 4?

trigon on July 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

How long do you think we will keep spending $16,000 per adult in this nation if every voter paid the exact same bill for it? Not long, as those who get the goodies will realize they are getting fewer goodies than they are paying in taxes. Then we can finally pare down our out of control government.

astonerii on July 15, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I see that you then must be in favor of those high-risk back alleys if the market price is right?

Don L on July 14, 2013 at 5:00 AM

I am perfectly happy with people being able to choose their level of care. If I do not care how my stitches look when the doctor is done, just that the bleeding stopped, that should be my GOD GIVEN RIGHT to be able to accept that level of care if someone is willing to offer it. Just like a billionaire has the GOD GIVEN RIGHT to spend a million dollars or more making certain no scar is left after a cut.

astonerii on July 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM

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