Missouri Democrats' heroic-yet-doomed filibuster to halt anti-LGBT legislation
Bernie Sanders threw his support behind a 39-hour Democratic filibuster.
captured national attention this week. Although the filibuster was defeated, the minority caucus' attempts to scuttle a bill seeking a constitutional amendment legalizing discrimination
against same-sex couples drew ire
from conservatives and waves of support from local corporations and civic institutions — not to mention a shout-out
from irrepressibly fabulous Bravo talk-show host Andy Cohen.
But with Missouri's March 15 presidential primary just around the corner, it was inevitable that the candidates would weigh-in via Twitter on the ideological slugfest.
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Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign struck first with a tweet that managed to echo his populist appeal, while amplifying the outrage of Maria Chappelle-Nadal, one of the Democratic senators leading the filibuster.
About an hour later, Hillary Clinton's campaign tweeted support for the filibuster as well. (Note that the tweet is signed with an "-H," indicating that Clinton wrote the tweet herself.)
Not to be outdone by the humanistic decency of his rivals, Republican Ted Cruz — who has somehow vaulted from face-punchable booger-eater
to his party's last and best hope
for opposing Donald Trump — made a direct plea to religious Missouri voters.
So, basically, if we vote for Cruz, all state-level filibusters will be crushed with an iron fist. Or something.
And what of the Drumpf? Although the actual, real-life, stop-pinching-yourself-this-is-not-a-sick-joke presumptive Republican presidential nominee is speaking in St. Louis tomorrow, Donald Trump has so far made no direct mention of the filibuster.
However, Trump did take time during his rambling victory speech/infomercial
following his Tuesday primary victories to tout his credentials as a "good Christian." So, you know, take that however you want to, because Trump probably doesn't give a shit either way.
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