A series of incidents in Texas has inspired Democrats throughout the country at a time when they needed something to rally behind. In the short term, the events emphasize intraparty splits, but party leaders believe they will unite Democrats in the long run.
The Texas Legislature’s tardy but ultimately unavoidable ratification of new voting restrictions is putting additional pressure on Senate Democrats to act at the federal level, even while the filibuster remains in place.
A series of events in Texas have galvanized Democrats throughout the country at a time when they desperately needed someone to rally behind. The events highlight intraparty divisions in the short term, but party leaders believe they will unite Democrats in the long run.
The Texas Legislature’s late but ultimately unavoidable passage of new voting restrictions adds to the pressure on Senate Democrats to act at the federal level, even as the filibuster remains in place.
More immediately, there are potential electoral ramifications. The year’s two most competitive gubernatorial contests – the California recall, where voting ends in less than two weeks, and the Virginia election, where early voting begins in less than two weeks – both feature Democrats attempting to depict GOP opponents as extremists.
“For years, we’ve said abortion could be outlawed. Well, it happened today,” Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Virginia, told ABC News’ Quinn Scanlan in an interview Wednesday.
McAuliffe and California Gov. Gavin Newsom have both framed their contests as fights against Trumpism, in techniques that are impossible to test until the election. However, Democrats may find more productive messaging in current events than in prior administrations.
The right has long been comfortable with the idea of taking matters into one’s own hands in the service of conservatism and “law and order.” Now, Republican politicians are resurrecting vigilantism by enshrining it in law.