I haven’t said much about the Texas House Democrats, who in an effort to protest out of control tactics in government, pulled one of the biggest out of control tactics you can have in government. Part of the reason was, I wanted to see how it would play out. I wanted to see how Texans would react to their lawmakers fleeing the Lone Star State in droves, on a private jet to go to Washington, DC on the Texas taxpayers’ dime.
It’s been an abject failure by all accounts.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, the Texas State Senate passed a new Voting Rights Bill that would basically limit mail-in ballots, and, as 17 other states have already done, add more scrutiny to the electoral process in the state. Democrats, fearing that they couldn’t stuff the ballot box, called it “Jim Crow 2.0” saying that it would be tougher for people of color to vote because they would need to show ID, and as Vice President, Kamala Harris has so aptly pointed out, there “isn’t a Kinko’s or an OfficeMax where these people live.” So, when the bill was coming to the House in Texas, where the Republicans hold the majority, Democrats pulled a page out of Wisconsin, where Democrats fled to Chicago back in 2011 rather than vote on a bill they knew they’d lose.
In Texas, there was little room for showboating, which is really what was happening. The Speaker of the House ordered Democrats to return home or they would be arrested. They chose to stay away, in defiance of the law, so it’s unclear at this point whether or not they will actually be arrested when they touchdown in Austin on August 6th (their schedule return date).
Every media outlet that I’ve seen has, at some point, blasted the Democrats for turning tail and running. Oh, they’ve gotten to meet with a bunch of people in DC, House and Senate members as well as representatives from the Biden administration. And they even got a souvenir from their trip as a bunch of them came down with COVID. Hence the August 6th return date. Most outlets, and pundits have called their trip nothing more than a grandstanding effort. It isn’t going to change the outcome of Texas voting laws. That is cut in stone. It will pass, with or without Democrat support. And there’s nothing they can do about it other than cry.
So, a happy go-lucky bunch of snowflake idiots from the Lone Star State will return at some point. My hope is first and foremost that they are indeed arrested for leaving the session. They can’t be arrested anywhere, only in Texas, but they can indeed be arrested. The other interesting fact here is that once they eventually do return to work and show up at the State Capitol, when they enter the House chambers, the Speaker can, according to the Texas House Rules, order the doors locked and members only allowed to leave with written permission from the Speaker.
This is what’s called an effort in futility. Democrats can’t do anything but delay the inevitable. And the longer they stay out of Texas, the more Texas climb on board the bandwagon to oust them next November.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!