Proving once again that in order to be a Democrat you have to lack self-awareness and the hypocrisy gene, Texas House Democrats have run out on their state and their voters allegedly because they care about “voting rights.”
Earlier this week after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott called a special legislative session to address a new voting integrity bill as well as other measures, state Democrats, fearful of losing to majority Republicans, decided to bail out on the entire process and thus deny the state House a quorum. About 58 members loaded up on chartered buses and planes and flew to Washington, D.C., where they proceeded to pressure congressional Democrats to pass…voting rights legislation.
What’s more, they pressed the thin Democratic congressional majority to ditch the Senate filibuster rule so they could sneak through their voting ‘reform’ bill without getting the requisite 60 votes needed to end debate and move on to passage — while their act of denying the Texas House a quorum was essentially a filibuster.
“One of the things Democrats like doing when they win is to rub everyone’s nose in that victory,” writes Andrea Widberg at American Thinker to begin summarizing what’s happening.
“In January 2009, Republicans wanted to discuss Obama’s stimulus package. Obama couldn’t be bothered. ‘I won,’ he said. Discussion over,” she continued.
“In 2021, although Democrats barely hold power in Congress, with a 50-50 balance in the Senate and a bare 9-person majority in the House, they plan to remake America. However, when Democrats are the minority, they abandon the process entirely — which is what Texas Democrats did, running away on a beer-stocked, gas-guzzling private jet to kill a voting rights bill,” she added.
Following all that? Democrats win, they get to do whatever they feel like doing because they have a “mandate” from voters. If they lose, they abandon the process altogether because they refuse to lose with grace, participate in the process, and try to do better during the next election cycle. It’s obscene, it’s actually anti-democrat, and what’s more, the party couldn’t care less because again, they are all massive hypocrites.
Here’s the thing: The vast, vast majority of Americans favor the kinds of bills that Republicans are passing — the kinds of laws that were actually in place but were changed ahead of the 2020 elections when Democrats exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to make it easier to cheat.
The most contentious issues for Democrats are cleaned-up voting bills and, especially, photo ID. The problem is that most Americans support photo ID. According to a Monmouth poll, when it comes to photo ID, 62% of Democrats, 87% of independents, and 91% of Republicans support it. Texas, with a strong Republican majority, is intent upon passing a bill that the vast majority of Americans would back.
And these are recent polling figures, by the way.
So, what can voters expect from the Democrats who childishly ran away from their responsibilities? Nothing; they say they plan to remain in Washington as long as it takes to prevent Texas Republicans from being able to pass voter integrity legislation (that requires voter ID). But they can’t stay away forever, and when they do return, Abbott says he’ll have them arrested.
“Once they step back into the state of Texas, they will be arrested and brought to the Texas capital and we will be conducting business,” Abbott said on Monday in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“Isn’t that the most un-Texan thing you have ever heard? Texans running from a fight?” he told the host. “They are quitters. It’s like during a football game or baseball game taking their equipment when they are way behind and just leaving the field. That is not the way that Texans do things.”
The GOP governor also blasted fleeing state Democrats for “hypocrisy.”
“They are leaving and abandoning their right to vote” — a knock on their stated purpose of ensuring voting rights for state residents — he said.