Thank you, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth):
A bill that opponents claimed would virtually ban abortion in Texas failed to pass late Tuesday after lawmakers missed a deadline by just minutes.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, acting as Senate president, initially said the voting began just before midnight, NBCDFW.com reported, and several reports suggested that the bill had been passed and would go to Gov. Rick Perry.
But Dewhurst later announced that the vote had been held too late. At 3 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET), he said that the session had expired and the bill could not be “signed in the presence of the Senate … and therefore cannot be enrolled.”
“It’s been fun, but see you soon,” he added.
Dewhurst’s taunting “see you soon” isn’t an idle threat: They’ll be back to ban abortion, and in comments to local reporters, Dewhurst signaled how they’ll characterize the opposition:
“An unruly mob, using Occupy Wall Street tactics, disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies,” he said.
Dewhurst hinted that Governor Rick “Goodhair” Perry will call another special session to get the bill passed.
The ongoing War on Women circus in Texas will continue as states that need to suppress voting to give Republicans a fighting chance will use the assist from the Republican faction of the SCOTUS to enact new measures to make it harder for minorities and young people to cast ballots. This can’t possibly backfire on the GOP, can it?