Monday | May 12, 2003
Texas has the ballsiest Dems
In a spectacular show of force to prevent a GOP-backed redistricting bill from passing the Texas House, the vast majority of the state's Democrats (including some of its most conservative caucus members) have vanished into thin air.
The Texas House ground to a halt Monday as 53 Democratic members, scheming to block a planned vote on a congressional redistricting map drawn by Republicans, failed to show up.These missing legislators have all fled the state, ensuring they are beyond the reach of Texas law enforcement.
There is some concern as to whether the tactic may backfire. The last time quorum was broken, in 1979, the dissenters were greeted as heroes. Of course, that was a different Texas than today, so perhaps it's not too predictive.
In any case, the state house's leadership will need to make a decision -- whether to concede the issue to the Dems, and kill the re-redistricting shenanigans, or see all state business grind to a halt. Given that the state House leadership was never too enthusiastic about the bill (it was pushed hard by DeLay and Rove), it seems as though the outcome is no longer in doubt.
In either case, this is political theater at its finest.
Update: Kuffner has posted a Q&A over at PSR.Posted May 12, 2003 12:56 PM | Comments (64)