The Internet Celebrates Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ Filibuster

The Texas State senator filibustered a controversial, sweeping abortion bill which lawmakers failed to pass. “The LeBron James of filibustering” had a really good night.

1. Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth began her filibuster at a special session of the Texas legislature. She began at 11:18 a.m. CST.

Eric Gay / AP

2. The Capitol Building rotunda and legislative gallery in very liberal Austin was flooded with supporters wearing burnt orange.

3. Meanwhile: Tens of thousands of people, in and out of the state of Texas, began watching the Texas Tribune live stream of the filibuster.

TheBloggess

@TheBloggess

If you’re not watching the Texas Senate Livestream you’re really missing something. #StandWithWendy http://t.co/B3kZCRXLQm

4. Both “Wendy Davis” and “#standwithwendy” were trending globally hours before midnight in Texas.

5. Barack Obama’s official Twitter account got over 9,000 retweets.

Barack Obama

@BarackObama

Something special is happening in Austin tonight: http://t.co/RpbnCbO6zw #StandWithWendy

6. Texas history was being made.

Holographic Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan and Molly Ivins now hovering over Texas legislature.

— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee)

pourmecoffee

@pourmecoffee

Holographic Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan and Molly Ivins now hovering over Texas legislature.

7. The infamous Jill Biden parody account weighed in as well.

At 12:01 AM, CT, I predict Wendy Davis will give us the best mic drop the World has ever seen. #StandWithWendy

— Dr. Jill Biden (@JillBidenVeep)

Dr. Jill Biden

@JillBidenVeep

At 12:01 AM, CT, I predict Wendy Davis will give us the best mic drop the World has ever seen. #StandWithWendy

8. Certain themes began to emerge: Aaron Sorkin.

This Texas Legislature Filibuster Scene is the best thing Aaron Sorkin has ever written. #StandwithWendy

— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer)

Paul Scheer

@paulscheer

This Texas Legislature Filibuster Scene is the best thing Aaron Sorkin has ever written. #StandwithWendy

Real talk though, how is Aaron Sorkin going to ruin this narrative in a few months?

— Caitlin Kelly (@atotalmonet)

Caitlin Kelly

@atotalmonet

Real talk though, how is Aaron Sorkin going to ruin this narrative in a few months?

10. Friday Night Lights, which was filmed in Austin, was also popular inspiration.

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose. #standwithwendy

— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou)

Aminatou Sow

@aminatou

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose. #standwithwendy

11. In particular: A lot of people want Wendy Davis to be played by Connie Britton.

If Connie Britton plays Wendy Davis in the movie, the guy who played Buddy Garity has to be Kirk Watson, right? #sb5 #standwithwendy

— Dan Solomon (@dansolomon)

Dan Solomon

@dansolomon

If Connie Britton plays Wendy Davis in the movie, the guy who played Buddy Garity has to be Kirk Watson, right? #sb5 #standwithwendy

13. Coach Taylor was also evoked.

14. Game of Thrones was also a very popular topic…

15. Even though Davis was actually wearing pink running shoes, “House Davis” bears the sign of a tall pink pump.

16. In Texas law, filibusters have to consist of content germane to the discussion, but that didn’t stop people from wishing that Wendy could read something else.

I wish Wendy Davis was allowed to read Game of Thrones to us. #StandWithWendy

— Dr. Jill Biden (@JillBidenVeep)

Dr. Jill Biden

@JillBidenVeep

I wish Wendy Davis was allowed to read Game of Thrones to us. #StandWithWendy

17. The memes started to pour in as #standwithwendy began to dominate Twitter.

Wendy Davis is the watchful protector of reproductive rights. #standwithwendy

— The Night Stalker (@kolchak)

The Night Stalker

@kolchak

Wendy Davis is the watchful protector of reproductive rights. #standwithwendy

20. When Sen. Davis received “three strikes” and the filibuster looked to be over, #LetHerSpeak became a trending topic as well.

— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner)

Julie Klausner

@julieklausner

21. As the Senate debated, “germaneness” became central to the discussion.

I'd love to see rulings regarding Jermainess. http://t.co/csWQQeADx7 #buhdumbum #sb5 #standwithwendy #standwithtito

— Nima Shirazi (@WideAsleepNima)

Nima Shirazi

@WideAsleepNima

I’d love to see rulings regarding Jermainess. http://t.co/csWQQeADx7 #buhdumbum #sb5 #standwithwendy #standwithtito

I'm just glad that the work of Germaine Greer is so central to the Texas Senate debate. Right?

— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports)

Dave Zirin

@EdgeofSports

I’m just glad that the work of Germaine Greer is so central to the Texas Senate debate. Right?

24. Jokes were still flying as Texas senators endlessly debated the rules of the filibuster.

So, it turns out, if its a LEGITIMATE filibuster ... a man has a way of shutting it down. #sb5 #standwithwendy

— dianagram (@dianagram)

dianagram

@dianagram

So, it turns out, if its a LEGITIMATE filibuster … a man has a way of shutting it down. #sb5 #standwithwendy

25. Patton Oswalt tweeted this scene from The Bad News Bears.

26. Voldemort got in on it.

Wendy Davis is a Gryffindor.

— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7)

The Dark Lord

@Lord_Voldemort7

Wendy Davis is a Gryffindor.

27. With less than an hour to go before midnight, when the bill would be killed, Wendy was still standing.

Davis still standing as she listens to @KirkPWatson defend her efforts. Calls it the most scrutinized #filibuster.

— Alana Rocha (@viaAlana)

Alana Rocha

@viaAlana

Davis still standing as she listens to @KirkPWatson defend her efforts. Calls it the most scrutinized #filibuster.

28. Over 137,000 people were watching the Texas Tribune live stream at this point.

29. With approximately 10 minutes to go, Democratic Texas Sen. Leticia Van De Putte insisted that she had not been heard over the men in the room, saying…

(Van De Putte had buried her father earlier in the day but insisted that she would not miss the end of the filibuster or any vote that might occur.)

30. As the crowd in the gallery began yelling over the Senate proceedings after Van De Putte’s statement, Twitter also exploded.

31. With five minutes to go before midnight…

32. No network, cable or otherwise, was showing the proceedings that had the internet enraptured.

You literally cannot produce television this riveting and no television network is showing it.

— patrick muldowney (@patmuldowney)

patrick muldowney

@patmuldowney

You literally cannot produce television this riveting and no television network is showing it.

33. CNN was discussing blueberry muffins.

History is being made in #Texas, while @CNN talks about blueberry muffins. LITERALLY. @cleveil1 @ElizSimins #sb5

— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous)

Elizabeth Plank

@feministabulous

History is being made in #Texas, while @CNN talks about blueberry muffins. LITERALLY. @cleveil1 @ElizSimins #sb5

34. They’re fattening.

35. With 30 seconds to go…

36. Although Wendy Davis was no longer speaking, #standwithwendy was still a trending topic.

what kind of chair would you want if you were wendy

— Emma Carmichael (@emmacargo)

Emma Carmichael

@emmacargo

what kind of chair would you want if you were wendy

37. Davis’ Wikipedia page got an edit.

I can't stop laughing this Wendy Davis Wikipedia page edit #standwithwendy

— EireannMichaelDolan (@EireannDolan)

EireannMichaelDolan

@EireannDolan

I can’t stop laughing this Wendy Davis Wikipedia page edit #standwithwendy

38. Around 12:02 a.m. CT, the Senate took a vote and “passed” the bill, with several news outlets reporting it had gone through even though it was minutes after midnight.

What confuses Texas Republicans: 1) Women 2) Science 3) Clocks #StandWithWendy

— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva)

Greg Greene

@ggreeneva

What confuses Texas Republicans: 1) Women
2) Science
3) Clocks #StandWithWendy

39. Republican Sen. Robert Lloyd Duncan’s Wikipedia page got an edit at this point as well.

40. The date stamp altering on the Texas Legislative Council’s website was also widely mocked.

41. As late as 2:00 a.m. CT, the decision was still unclear.

42. Around 2:30 a.m. CT, it was announced that due to the time stamps on the Senate record, the bill was dead.

Eric Gay / AP / AP

Sen. Davis took a seat.

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