SAN ANTONIO —
The opposition party insists, though, that a booming Hispanic population means it’s only a matter of time before Texas switches back — a notion Perry has dismissed as a “pipe dream.”
It didn’t look so far-fetched last week, however, when Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis was on her feet for 12-plus hours as Democrats used the filibuster to help block sweeping new restrictions on abortion in Texas. The filibuster made Davis a national political sensation, prompting many supporters to urge her to run for governor next year.
Perry’s response was swift. He not only immediately called lawmakers back to work for an extra special session to approve the law, he also suggested Davis should have understood the value of each human life because of her history as a former teenage mother who went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.
“What if her mom had said, “I just can’t do this. I don’t want to do this?,” Perry asked. “At that particular point in time I think it becomes very personal.”