Friday Wrap: Perry and Joaquin Castro, Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, Cissexism, and Blurred Lines

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It's Friday and our Friday Wraps are back. The time of week when your Burnt Orange Reporters comment on all the news that fits in a blockquote.

To bring us back, a touching Twitter moment between Rick Perry and Joaquin Castro.

Below the jump, catch up on Louie Gohmert & Ted Cruz's potential bids for higher office, cissexism in the reproductive rights movement, and the Wendy Davis-themed Blurred Lines parody you've been waiting for.

Tea Party people are urging Louie Gohmert to run for the United States Senate against John Cornyn. Please yes. Not only would that primary be fun, but it would be yet another showcase to Texans as to how insane the majority party has become. And if Gohmert wins, that's two U.S. Senators to combat for “Top Texas Embarrassment.” Oh, and by the way, a strong Democrat needs to run for the U.S. Senate, too, just in case…

-Michael Hurta


He hasn't made it official yet, but Senator Ted Cruz wants to be President. Why else would be speaking in Ames, Iowa this weekend or New Hampshire later this month. The problem is, being against a path to citizenship for current undocumented individuals when you were born in another country seems a bit hypocritical, especially to a nation of immigrants. We'll see if the birthers flinch when they find out their new flagship conservative is really a Canadian Cruz.

-Joe Deshotel


And more on the cafeteria originalist Ted Cruz: according to Right Wing Watch, Cruz's Iowa explorations will take him to the Family Leadership Summit, where he will be sharing face time with the likes of Rep. Steve King of Iowa, actor Stephen Baldwin, and others.  The Usual Suspects, indeed. Actor Alec Baldwin could not be reached for comment, though we do hope he tweets about it.

-Edward Garris


We've seen in the past couple of months here in Texas and in other states have rallied people together for reproductive rights under phrases such as “Stand with Texas Women.” However, one necessary read from Truthout states the obvious: not everyone who has an abortion is a woman. The article touches on the importance in our modern-day reproductive rights movement to refute the cissexism that occurs in our activism and advocacy for reproductive rights. The misogyny of restricting abortion rights affects trans men and gender-non-conforming people, as well as Designated Females at Birth (DFAB). So yes, stand with women, but we need to stand with trans men and gender-non-conforming people too.

-Shelby Alexander


I like to fancy myself something of a 'Blurred Lines'-parody-connoisseur, but usually politically themed pop song covers tend to fall flat. However, this Wendy Davis-themed version had me at “What rhymes with Richards?”

-Katherine Haenschen


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