“She is a 20-year-old breeding age female and we need her.”
Much as it sounds like it could be, that cringe-worthy quote did not come from the script of The Handmaid’s Tale or fall out of the mouth of Vice President Mike Pence.
That statement is attributed to Deborah Giles, research scientist for University of Washington Center for Conservative Biology and research director of the non-profit group, Wild Orca. Giles was referring to Tahlequah, a mourning mama whale who refused to abandon the corpse of her baby who died shortly after she was born. Sob.
As the number of orcas continue to shrink, Tahlequah has swum hundreds of miles in the Puget Sound while carrying her baby for more than a week, accompanied by a sympathetic “pod” of orcas.
Despite her non-human status, Tahlequah’s unbreakable love has captured our attention and respect, and rightly deserves praise along with several females of the human variety who have also given us hope during a summer that has been otherwise dominated by too much heat, hate and heartbreak.
If she wins in November, she would be the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Progressive voters have a lot to love about Ocasio-Cortez. She calls herself a “hard-liner” on climate issues and calls for the end of use of fossil fuels. She supports the impeachment of Donald Trump, based on his violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. She supports abolishing ICE. She considers healthcare to be a human right. She advocates for tuition-free universities and public schools.
And, she’s an unapologetic Democratic socialist. That popping sound you hear coming from Washington D.C. is conservative heads exploding. Too bad she’s not running to represent Texas.
That last point was made evident in late July when Valdez one-upped current Texas governor Greg Abbott’s offer to debate. Abbott slyly proposed their first debate occur on September 28, primetime on a Friday night, which would conflict not only with opening night of the Texas State Fair, but also with the sacrosanct tradition of Friday night high school football.
“Thanks @GregAbbott_TX for accepting a debate!” Valdez replied in a tweet. “We’re in and always happy to discuss our vision for a Texas that works for all. We haven’t agreed to the terms yet — but seriously, during Friday Night Lights? Texans deserve better. Call me, maybe?”
“I’m running to represent all of Texas, and if there is going to be a debate, town hall or other type of forum, we need to ensure a real discussion for all of Texas to hear,” Valdez added later in a news release that suggested Abbott “stop hiding from Texans.”
Valdez proposed a new, more viewer-friendly debate to take place Monday, October 8, 6 p.m., airing on the local ABC affiliate and Univision (before Monday Night Football).
As of press time, Abbott had not yet agreed to participate in the debate. Maybe he doesn’t want to miss The Bachelorette that night.