In Texas, Democrats Thwart Majority Will | Editorial
Maybe Castro didn’t notice, but the irony was overwhelming. Democrats in Washington who want to kill filibuster say they are doing it because filibuster allows the minority – the Republicans – to thwart the will of the majority Democrats. Let’s put aside the fact that the Senate is evenly divided, 50-50, and it is only the decisive vote of Vice President Kamala Harris that gives them the slimmer majority. Democrats say they are fed up with a minority frustrating the majority.
And yet, what are the Democrats doing in Texas? As a minority unable to prevail over the majority Republicans, they left the House to thwart the will of the majority. They exercised what is sometimes called a “walking obstruction”. And some of them are doing so even as they encourage Democrats in Washington to get rid of the filibuster.
By the way, the tactics of the Texas Democrats are not new. In 2003, when Republicans had just won a majority in the Texas House and got down to work on the redistribution, Democrats actually fled the state to deny the GOP a quorum to continue the work. They didn’t just leave the building, they left the state. Then-Gov. Rick Perry called a special session, and Democrats once again left the state to rally in New Mexico. An impasse ensued. But the majority ultimately won.
And many will remember 2011 in Wisconsin, when Democratic lawmakers fled the state trying to shut down the government of the day. Scott Walker’s Budget Reforms. On top of that, an angry mob breached the Capitol building in Madison, overwhelming police and leading to a long period of chaos and paralysis. As in Texas, the majority eventually prevailed.