Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tomorrow Wendy

Today's column over at the Daily Banter takes a look at Wendy Davis's somewhat stunning but truly ballsy admission: Texas's women are going to lose the battle over a draconian abortion bill tomorrow.

Here's the opening shot:

"It may not have seemed possible, but in some strange way I respect Wendy Davis even more right now that I did the night she stood up and stood down a draconian anti-abortion bill two weeks ago on the floor of the Texas senate. Davis’s 13-hour filibuster was instantly the stuff of political and cultural legend, but in some ways it takes even more guts to admit to ugly reality than it does to rally the hopeful to action. Or maybe it’s like this: It takes guts to both rally the hopeful and admit that despite that you’re still going to lose the battle at hand."

Read the Rest Here


darmund said...

"Davis’s 13-hour filibuster was instantly the stuff of political and cultural legend,"

Oh come off it, Chez.

In 6 months NO ONE is going to remember it or be talking about it, let alone the people who should remember and talk about it, namely the politicians in Texas. The only time it will come up is during the gubernatorial campaign and even that will be lost in an ocean of ads.

Everyone else will have long since moved on to getting all bent out of shape and barfing out their faux outrage over the other 200 outrageous things that have come down the pike. Right now it is the whole UNFAIRZZZZZZ!!!!!!! about the Zimmerman verdict, which will be forgotten about inside of 6 weeks, (and rightly so.)

Chez said...

You're right that nothing lasts in our culture anymore. I've written about that unfortunate reality so many times I'm exhausted of it by now. The news cycle turns over in 24-hours and people's attention spans last no more than 140 characters. So with that in mind maybe you should consider my superlative to be somewhat relative. What Wendy Davis did is about as powerful as anything can be these days.

Here's the thing, though: Both Davis's actions and Zimmerman's acquittal don't happen in a vacuum, and that's what you seem to be forgetting. Sure, the singular event may eventually be lost but its place in a larger crisis very likely won't because the effect is cumulative.

Try to keep that in mind every time your need to be a glib prick gets the best of you.