That didn't take long.
Both Texas Democrats and Republicans aren't wasting any time rushing ads onto the air and pushing talking points into the hands of partisans to play off of recent events in the news, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Texas Republicans have begun running radio ads blaming U.S. Rep Pete Gallego (D-San Antonio), who is considered one of the most vulnerable Congressional Democrats in the 2014 race, for the Obamacare mess.
"Gallego voted to keep special subsidies for members of Congress," a woman in the ad says of Gallego.
Republicans say the effort to delay or defund Obamacare, while not successful in Congress, left Democrats in the uncomfortable position of not only 'owning' the debacle of the Affordable Care Act, but also backed Democrats into a corner where they were forced to vote to retain special exemptions and subsidies granted only to members of Congress and their employees, special breaks that taxpayers don't get.
"Pete Gallego is using out tax dollars to fund his health care benefits," a woman on the Republican ad says. "Typical Washington."
Polls indicate that more than 80% of Americans, including a majority of Democrats, would vote against a member of Congress who voted to give him or herself benefits or exemptions under Obamacare that the average citizen does not get. In a stop in San Antonio last weekend, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that is the most significant victory of his well-publicized battle against Health Care reform.
But the Democrats have not been silent. After a Corpus Christi area judge encountered problems at the polls trying to conform to the new Texas Voter I.D. law, which just took effect this week, Democrats pounced on an opportunity to extend their successful 'War on Women' effort to Texas Republicans who backed the law.
"Women are feeling the hardships of this Voter I.D. law," said State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio)
The group EMILY's List, which works to elect liberal female candidates to office, went even further, declaring in a fundraising pitch that 'the Texas GOP is working to prevent women from voting!' and added ominously, 'They're so threatened that Texas could turn blue that they have manipulated the voting laws to make it harder for women to vote!!'
The Texas Secretary of State said Thursday night that 'exact name matches' is not necessary under the Voter I.D. law, and said the Voter I.D. law has not led to any significant problems in voting for the Constitutional Amendment election.
But Democrats have to peel off suburban, generally middle class and upper middle class women from the Republican camp is State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) is to have any chance in her long shot race for governor, and the 'War on Women' campaign was extraordinarily successful for Democratic candidates in 2012.
Van de Putte indicates the campaign in Texas will not let up.
"In a way I'm glad that my Republicans colleagues actually allow women to state their own identify, and don't require their fathers or husbands to vouch for them," she said.