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They are portrayed as heroes because they secretly left their states.
If there has ever been a story – okay, a non-Trump story – that dramatizes how the political press takes sides, it is the spectacle of Democratic lawmakers in Texas blocking action by driving them out of the Lone Star State .
Now you may think that these Democrats are yellow-bellied cowards, or you may think that they are taking a principled stance to prevent the GOP from passing what it believes to be devastating electoral restrictions. That is a legitimate topic for discussion.
But the Republicans have the votes to enforce the measure, so the Dems are denying them a quorum for the time being by refusing to appear.
In other words, they are foiling the democratic process while telling the world that they are trying to save democracy.
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Imagine for a moment that in a liberal state like New York, Republicans left the state en masse to prevent the Democrats from passing a strong voting bill. Wouldn’t they be portrayed as obstructionists? Wouldn’t their tactics be described as desperate? Wouldn’t their actions be dismissed as a foul?
Instead, the Washington Post ran this headline yesterday: “Inside the Secret Plan for the Texas Democratic Exodus: A Phone Tree, a Scramble to Pack, and a Politically Dangerous Journey.”
I mean, in the paper it sounded like commands on a secret CIA mission.
Here’s the clue: “You activated the plan late Sunday with a phone tree: pack your bags – and make sure they don’t weigh more than 45 pounds. Be ready to leave Austin at noon tomorrow. We’ll then tell you where we’re going. “
Their goal: “What they described as a massive attack on democracy wanted to prevent people who vote more democratically from casting their vote. It was just a matter of when.”
The day before, the New York Times published: Texas Democrats Flee State to highlight the GOP’s electoral restrictions.
“The hastily arranged departure added a cinematic element to the partisan tussle in a state with an eventful political history.”
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Again, I don’t think renegade Republicans would be hailed for bringing Hollywood entertainment to a “colorful” state. The reporting would rather go in the direction of the repression of people of color.
Not that there aren’t grandstands on both sides. Will Governor Greg Abbott and his Republicans really carry out their threat to arrest the Democrats? Will the Democrats who met with Kamala Harris yesterday really stay in DC until the August 7th special session expires? As the Texas Tribune put it, “At first glance, it’s ridiculous to everyone but the politicians themselves. In any other workplace, this kind of artificial drama and stress would be ominous.”
And yet the Dems-on-the-run get personable interviews on CNN and MSNBC and are profiled about their means of transport (from a flight to a Dulles airport press service to the legislature who drives his family for the 23rd hour).
The Texas melodrama played out against the backdrop of President Joe Biden delivering a passionate speech for his party’s electoral law. However, a striking number of Democrats and Liberal commentators say the Jim Crow speech and the big lie do nothing to break Hill’s stalemate. “Biden didn’t offer much in a plan,” said MSNBC’s Joy Reid.
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The coverage here is sympathetic to the Democratic side as well, aside from Biden’s failure to accept the filibuster repeal in order to enforce the comprehensive law for the people with 50 votes in the Senate. That would mean the Democrats would change the rules to achieve their goal, which is fine from that point of view because the filibuster is anti-democratic (unless they are in the minority and use it vigorously).
But this political science debate doesn’t matter, because thanks to Sens. Joe Manchin, DW, Biden doesn’t have 50 votes to suspend the filibuster. Va., And Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz.
So with their path pretty tight, the Hill Democrats have plenty of time to shoot the breeze with their visiting friends from Texas.