Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.
“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.
Is it relevant that a plurality of Americans, as well as a majority of Texans, support banning abortion after 20 weeks? It should be, but is it? America’s courts reliably strike down regulations on abortion, even though not even Roe itself declared this subject categorically beyond the bounds of legislation, so this one’s probably DOA even if it passes. And calling the legislature back creates another prime opportunity for grandstanding by Wendy Davis, who, given the amount of media slobber over her this morning, appears to be some sort of left-wing cross between Jefferson Smith and Jesus. (She even got a write-up in People magazine, because momentarily stopping the patriarchy from challenging the world’s Kermit Gosnells is so inspiring that even entertainment pubs will pick it up.) Needless to say, pro-lifers hooting down a blue-state legislature trying to hold a vote to expand abortion would be treated in the press as some sort of putsch; pro-choicers doing it to a red-state legislature that’s trying to make baby-killing a little bit harder is as patriotic as George Washington farting “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Abortion really is, as Carl Cannon said during the Gosnell coverage, journalism’s most sacred cow. The silver lining is that it may be leading myopic abortion-warrior liberals into strategic mistakes.
Via Mediaite, here’s Monica Crowley and pro-life Democrat Kirsten Powers reflecting on what it means for our political culture that the president of the United States, a staunch defender of abortion under pretty much any circumstances, felt obliged to tweet his support for this clusterfark last night. Exit quotation from John Hayward: “Let the word go out from coast to coast: Barack Obama endorses filibusters and mob rule.”