No matter what you believe, this has proven an exciting week on the political front.
All in one morning, the Supreme Court overturned a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act and let stand a lower court ruling overturning California’s Prop 8. It’s a big day on the gay marriage front.
But one of my favorite political maneuverings of the week was Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster, which killed a state abortion bill.
I love filibusters. It’s down-and-dirty American politics at its purest, trying to stall until the deadline to approve a bill passes. The deadline for this Texas abortion bill was midnight.
A filibuster is a test of political and physical endurance. Davis spent 11 hours talking, no bathroom breaks, which is harder than it sounds. It’s not that she could just talk about anything; she had to stay on topic.
Ultimately, Republicans cut Davis off because they said she strayed from the topic at hand, but she put up a good fight. After Republicans took this action, there was a long discussion with Democrats and protests from the gallery that resulted in the bill missing its deadline.
That’s politics. A lot of the time, it’s sneaky. Filibusters are one of the few times during the political process that it’s almost a physical battle. There’s no fighting, but you have to be able to stand and talk and provide facts and figures for hours.
Filibusters are a last-resort move — and they’re a fun one to watch.