On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer led his 7th Cavalry toward the Little Bighorn River. He thought a spectacular showing in a campaign launched against the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes would revive his once promising military career. On June 25, 2013, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst led the Texas Senate into a long, emotional debate on restricting abortions. He did so in hopes of reviving a once promising political career.
Both asked for a fight and both got it. And both paid a big price for underestimating the opposition. The battle at the Little Bighorn made Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse household names for generations to come. The filibuster that killed the second attempt to pass the abortion legislation made state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a national political figure literally overnight.
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