It's the oldest trick in the political playbook, and Texans are especially good at it. If you want to discredit a group, get one of their own to attack them. George W. Bush used it in his first term as president, when a half million women marched on the National Mall for abortion rights. W put Female-in-Chief Karen Hughes in front of the cameras, while he hid behind the curtain. Hughes invoked 9/11 and compared the women to terrorists.
Dubya-clone Texas Governor Rick Perry learned from his predecessor. Beginning last week, thousands of women have shown up at the Texas capitol to support a 13-hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis, and try to prevent the rollbacks on reproductive health and abortion rights. But Cathie Adams, Texas Eagle Forum president, was also front and center, calling the protesters "feminazis" and "stinky stalking feminists." Over in the House, female Representative Jodie Laubenberg (R) carried the water for Perry as the bill passed provisionally late last night (it's scheduled for final passage today). State Representative Bill Zedler (R) followed Karen Hughes' example and labeled the women "terrorists."