Texas GOP Apparently Snatches Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Common sense prevails, almost. For a while, it looked like the Texas Senate was saying to baby slaughterers: “If you are going to slaughter babies, you have to do it in a clean medical facility and not in some chamber of horrors.”

Sort of a “Gentlemen! You can’t fight in here! This is the the War Room!” moment of surrealism. But the good news wass that it could spell doom for quite a number of these chambers of horror.

The Dems were, reliably, foursquare in favor of protecting the slaughterhouses from such minimal standards and fought tooth and nail via a long filibuster. Now, however, it appears the GOP may have wussed out and nullified the vote on a technicality of some sort. I hope not, but it fits the common GOP pattern of always bravely opposing abortion when they know it won’t actually become law while finding ways to weasel out when there is some chance the rhetoric might amount to concrete action (and therefore political consequences). After 30 years of the GOP phoning it in, I expect very little. We’ll see. Meanwhil

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