I was supposed to be working today. I was supposed to be writing blog posts, researching articles, being productive. But I wasn’t.
I spent most of the day glued to my Twitter stream (then Youtube), following the account of how Texas state Senator Wendy Davis was trying to fillibuster a controversial and extremely restricting abortion bill. To do this she was going to stand for 13 hours, without a break (not even for bathroom) or food or drink, without leaning or sitting or pausing really, all the while staying on topic. She was going to try to make the time run out at midnight.
And I saw the crowd literally shout down the process and make the time run out… and the vote, on live streaming, happened past midnight.
There is a lot of confusion right now on whether the vote happened before or after midnight, on whether it was legal or not. And I know that that’s going to go on for a while. There will be legalities. And eventually we will have a judgment of some sort on what happend here tonight.
This is what I know: Wendy Davis stood for 13 hours, defending her position with grace and professionalism. And I will not forget what she did today.