Back in June, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis became a national darling of the left when she filibustered in opposition to legislation, ultimately passed in July, which bans most abortions in the Lone Star State after 20 weeks of pregnancy and "requires doctors performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic."
The arch-liberal Huffington Post was among those losing all perspective over the alleged wonders of Wendy Davis. An astute tweet carried at Twitchy.com (original tweet here) notes that at one point it headlined Davis's stalling tactics as "THE FILIBUSTER HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD." Now let's compare how HuffPo is treating Texas Senator Ted Cruz's filibuster:
The headline at HuffPo's video link is now "#Fauxlibuster."
Paige Lavender's story now carries a contemptuous headline ("Ted Cruz Gives Long Speech Against Obamacare"):
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) began a long speech on Obamacare Tuesday, vowing to speak "until I am no longer able to stand."
The speech is not a filibuster since it won’t officially lead to a delay of any votes. A vote will take place Wednesday to proceed to debate on the House-passed continuing resolution, which currently includes language to defund Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to strip that provision out with a simple majority vote.
Although Cruz said he intends to speak until he can no longer stand, his time is limited. The senator can speak for as many hours as he wants, but only until the 30-hour clock runs out for cloture.
"Washington depends on the American people not paying attention," Cruz said in his speech.
"I rise in opposition to Obamacare," Cruz said.
Reid dismissed Cruz's actions on the Senate floor Tuesday.
“There will be no filibuster today,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Filibusters stop people from voting, and we are going to vote tomorrow. Under the rules no one can stop that.”
The left tries to portray HuffPo as some kind of great source for reliable news. What rubbish — both the claim and the web site.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.