|For the Unruly Mob it was a chance to finally blow the lid off the boys club and show how things really operated and many GOP Senators were more than ready to play their roles. It was one of the few times Democrats were winning the message war, and I don't mean the pro-life vs pro-choice war. I mean the "War on Women" war.
Everything the GOP opposition did to stop Wendy Davis or those who came to protest played right into the narrative Democrats had been forming. The people's filibuster wasn't a spontaneous combustion, it had been smoldering and building since the bill was first taken up.
It was a response by those who witnessed the rules being bent to breaking point before their very eyes, while they were told to be silent for the sake of "decorum." It brings to mind a certain joke didn't go so well the last time a woman ran for Governor.
The events certainly changed my life. The Burnt Orange Report has sustained the increased traffic from our coverage, I got a couple of my filibuster related stories picked up by national publications like Esquire, a few graphics and tweets went viral, the above image was featured in a fashion magazine alongside Wendy and I got be a panelist at SXSWi this year describing social media's role in the whole ordeal.
It was a perfect storm for any organizer. We had dedicated people with huge networks, a clear narrative, and eventually the attention of the establishment media. That's not to mention the President who helped grab that attention when he tweeted, "Something special is happening in Texas."
Today something else special is happening in Texas. Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte will recall those events and try to recapture that spirit that brought their campaigns to life. And, if we want to drop a few shades of blue on Texas must continue those same efforts through November with the same enthusiasm we felt last summer while in orange.
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