Kudos to Emily Bazelon on this week's Political Gabfest for making the key observation that two of this week's exciting news items for liberals -- the Supreme Court's invalidation of California's Proposition 8 and Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster to kill an anti-abortion bill -- were anti-majoritarian events. That is, the Supreme Court allowed the overturning of an initiative passed by a majority of California voters, and they dismissed those who complained about this overturning as lacking standing to bring the case. And Wendy Davis just stopped (temporarily) a bill that appeared to have the backing of a majority of her state's duly elected representatives, and she was aided by mob rule!
Now, there were certainly good reasons for these events to have happened, and there are plenty of reasons to not subject certain political decisions (such as the right to marry or end a pregnancy) to the whims of voters or legislators. But these events should remind us that, just as no one really cares about federalism, pretty much no one really cares about majoritarianism. We want the policy outcomes we want, and we pretty much don't care which tactics are used to get there.