Texas filibuster champ ready to lead … Democrats

posted at 9:21 am on September 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

No, I’m not talking about Senator Ted Cruz, but the Texas filibuster champ that had been the delight of the media and of Democrats, if you’ll pardon the redundancy.  Wendy Davis, who took the floor in an attempt to defend late-term abortion and unregulated clinics despite public sentiment heavily tilted against both, has chosen to ride that public sentiment into the Texas gubernatorial race:

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis’s conversations.

The Fort Worth legislator made a national name for herself in June when she mounted a filibuster against new proposed abortion clinic regulations. Texas Republicans ultimately passed those restrictions into law in a special session called by outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

I’m not sure readers will remember that.  That took place a long time ago, when the media found itself enchanted by gestures they’d later call pointless and empty, and celebrated them by highlighting the footwear of those who conducted those efforts. You know … three months ago.

Davis has her work cut out for her, not least because of her extreme position on defending abortion right up to the moment of birth.  After the media castigation of Cruz, whose filibuster took aim at a much less popular position, it might be difficult for Davis to attract the same kind of fawning media attention over her one claim to fame.  Davis would need all the help she could get to run against Greg Abbott, who is likely to trounce any Democrat in the next election, and perhaps especially a one-shot media sensation like Davis. A moderate Democrat with plenty of experience might give Abbott a workout, but an extremist like Davis will get steamrollered.

On the other hand, that’s not all bad news for Davis. A run against Abbott might raise Davis’ profile in state politics, just as Mitt Romney’s run against Ted Kennedy in 1994 raised his for later campaigns.  A quixotic gubernatorial run will give Davis an opportunity to build a network outside her state Senate district and outside of Texas, although national Democrats will be investing heavily in attempts to rescue the Senate rather than on long-shot challenges in deep-red states.  If nothing else, Davis can parlay this into a media career down the road, if Texas remains as red as it is now for another generation.

I wonder how the media will recall her filibuster post-Cruz. That should be amusing to watch, anyway.


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Mrs. Satan.

Akzed on September 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM

After the media castigation of Cruz, whose filibuster took aim at a much less popular position, it might be difficult for Davis to attract the same kind of fawning media attention over her one claim to fame.

You’re counting on them not being the shameless hypocrites they’ve proven over and over to be? They will see no problem whatsoever with applauding Davis’s filibuster again…she took up the cause of the Left, after all, and for that she is to be elevated and celebrated.

changer1701 on September 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Wendy Davis will look smashing in Texas Roadkill.

Resist We Much on September 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Freak mistakes out of state liberal adoration for automatic win in Texas: News at 7, 9, and 11.

-So you support abortion right up to the moment of actual birth?

“Yes I do.”

Yeah, that’s going to go over like a lead balloon.

Bishop on September 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Gosnell must be proud

cmsinaz on September 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

So she’s made her career by “standing up” for unrestricted abortions in the 6th-9th months of pregnancy, and refusing to allow abortion clinics to be properly regulated so that more Hermit Gosnell types can butcher women.

And she did it all wearing cute shoes.

What an inspiration!

No wonder all the lefties adore her.

AZCoyote on September 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Hope the Dems pour a TON of money into this black hole.

itsacookbook on September 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I just love the sound of ‘Governor Abbott’ in the morning.
Run , Wendy, Run!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Like I keep saying, hope she has a good dry-cleaner, to remove those wheelchair tire-marks Abbott is going to roll on her shoes and her butt.

Sekhmet on September 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Lsm willbe praising her once again….

cmsinaz on September 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

All the opposition needs to do is run ads with tennis shoes dripping in blood, captioned: Who will Wendy Davis trod upon next after wading through the bloody remains of the unborn?

NotCoach on September 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Abbott will clean her clock in a debate, and leave her babbling.

kingsjester on September 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I’m not sure readers will remember that. That took place a long time ago, when the media found itself enchanted by gestures they’d later call pointless and empty, and celebrated them by highlighting the footwear of those who conducted those efforts. You know … three months ago.

-Ed Morrissey

Well, Ed, you yourself haven’t been exactly overly supportive of Cruz’s magnificent efforts to defund Obamacare and bring attention to this issue. Cruz had energized conservatives across the country because he has shown a willingness to fight for us.

I find it instructive that the same people (and I believe Ed is one of these people) who support amnesty, who refuse to speak frankly about racial issues and the racial double standard, who say we ought to pass over actual conservative senators when selecting a presidential nominee in favor of pro-amnesty RINO governors, who seem more interested winning the acceptance of and being liked by and being seen as “responsible” by their liberal media buddies… are the same people who grumble and complain about Ted Cruz standing on principle and doing what he was elected to do. I just find it intrusive, that’s all.

Why are pro-amnesty RINOs the same people who are afraid to fight to defund Obamacare. I just find it interesting.

bluegill on September 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I hope the Republicans in Texas will use that “hail satan” video of Davis’ supporters.

Texas voters should know who this woman’s friends are.

AZCoyote on September 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I’m going to be the stick in the mud here, but she can win, if and only amnesty is passed (of course, Texas will just leave the union if that happens).

nobar on September 27, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Gosnell must be proud

cmsinaz on September 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Riding on fetuses;
In calf skin leather;
Ready to rule;
In all kinds of weather;
Hermit’s “The Painless Princess”

onomo on September 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Just want to see a reporter ask her one simple question.

“If 20 weeks is acceptable in your eyes, after how many weeks into a woman’s pregnancy would it become unacceptable for a woman to change her mind and direct her healthcare provider to end the life of her unborn child? 25? 30? 30 seconds prior to birth?”

Bruce MacMahon on September 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Craigslist, Nov. 5th 2014:

Baby munching she-ghoul looks for state to govern.

Valkyriepundit on September 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Texas Republicans could not be more happy.

MPan on September 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I’m sure she’s a hero in urban Fort Worth. But it really should be fun to watch her out campaigning in West Texas on a platform that no fetus is too old to be killed. Because, frankly, that’s about all she’s got to run on.

Happy Nomad on September 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Run, Bill Halter Blanche Lincoln Wendy Davis, Run!

Unions, DUMP THAT MONEY IN, please!

Resist We Much on September 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

The Shield Maiden for Abortion.

And her resume includes what exactly? The enthusiastic support for killing babies?

2lbsTest on September 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I just find it interesting.

bluegill on September 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

The things you find interesting…

cozmo on September 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM

“I wonder how the media will recall her filibuster post-Cruz. That should be amusing to watch, anyway.”

Do you really have to ask!!!! The unbiased Mike Allen from Politico said Wendy Davis is fundraising from her ‘actual Filibuster’. He mentioned this on the eternal trending lowest rated cable news network earlier this morning;

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/morning-joe/53121028/

drivingtheview on September 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM

…it’s for the children.

…if we can save just one life.

Oh sorry, this isn’t the “Gun-Control” discussion?

All the cute sneakers in the world won’t make this vile monster any less evil.

PermanentWaves on September 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I just hope Abbott is smarter than Clayton Williams was when he ran against Ann Richards. Williams was a shoo-in for Governor, until he said something stupid against women, and then Richards won.

I hope that not only is Wendy completely trounced, but she also loses her Senate seat. I live near her district (I’m west of there), and that part of Fort Worth is not happy with her.

cebj25 on September 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Dear Bloomberg, please endorse Davis. Lets make this a total shutdown.

nobar on September 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

+1 onomo

cmsinaz on September 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Bring on the Daughters of Satan Baby!!!!!

ToddPA on September 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Somebody forgot to tell her or maybe she missed the memo that her 15 minutes are OVER!

TXUS on September 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM

If only Ted Cruz had worn pink tennis shoes during his filibuster.

SouthernGent on September 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Cebj. the lsm and debate moderators will everything they can to trip him up

cmsinaz on September 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

OT: Kelly Ayotte was on FOX a few minutes ago, talking about caving on the defunding of 0bamacare because she doesn’t want Republicans to get the blame for shutting down government.

What a rookie and a RINO. She would rather just give in and give this spoiled pr!ck 0bama what he wants.

She’s doing it all wrong. The message that Republicans need to keep hammering home is that it’s not them, it’s 0bama himself who has refused to negotiate and would rather see government shut down.

And then they need to stick together and follow through and call his bluff. If or when Govt gets shut down, they need to keep reminding people that it was all his fault.

The Republicans are in a good position here to put pressure on 0bama. The American people are with them. And they just want to give up. SHM

Sorry, I just needed to vent a little.

UltimateBob on September 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

The Catheter Kid!

Sherman1864 on September 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

She is running for governor to preserve her political career. She is likely to lose her State Senate seat over her filibuster. That would kill her career. If she runs for governor and loses, that will not hurt her nearly as much, as everyone expect her to lose and she get points for “fighting the good fight.” Then she moves to a more liberal district, and gets a new state senate seat.

No Truce With Kings on September 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Am I the only one who thinks she looks like one of Charlie Sheen’s “winning” girls? Oh yeah, I could have said other things about her but even I have limits.

platypus on September 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I think I know where everybody went. Somewhere to rest their eyes… Corker, Coburn, Lurch and this blonde icky thing… It burns…

Fallon on September 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

The hour is here……

Time to melt the phones again.

http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/officelocations

Memphis, TN 38103
Main: 901-683-1910

Nashville, TN 37203
Main: 615-279-8125

Knoxville, TN 37902
Main: 865-637-4180

Jackson, TN 38305
Main: 731-664-2294

Jonesborough, TN 37659
Main: 423-753-2263

Chattanooga, TN 37402
Main: 423-756-2757

PappyD61 on September 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

PappyD61 on September 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Corker is a jerk. I love how Cruz pointed out to him that he intends to vote exactly the same as every senate Democrat is going to vote.

UltimateBob on September 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Babykiller Barbie has so much charisma, how can she lose?

Naturally Curly on September 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Maybe she can go for broke and run on abortion AND gun control … That will go over well in Texas. //

toby11 on September 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Her candidacy is a boon to Republican GOTV efforts. Greg Abbott must be delighted.

obladioblada on September 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Texans love pro-abortion, pro-gun control politicians who get tons of money from out of state donors. Really, Wendy. I promise.

obladioblada on September 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I wonder how the media will recall her filibuster post-Cruz. That should be amusing to watch, anyway.

Ed, you’re two days behind the curve. The AP did a story on Wednesday trying to explain the differences (the writer apparently knew his editor had given him a shirt sandwich of a story to deal with, and as a result tried to put some humor in the comparisons).

Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News probably made the best neutral case for Davis, in basically saying the Democratic Party orgasmed over her filibuster, while Cruz has been forced to deal with as much sniping from his own party as from Democrats.

jon1979 on September 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Cool time to beat up more liberal trolls.

watertown on September 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

She is running for governor to preserve her political career. She is likely to lose her State Senate seat over her filibuster. That would kill her career. If she runs for governor and loses, that will not hurt her nearly as much, as everyone expect her to lose and she get points for “fighting the good fight.” Then she moves to a more liberal district, and gets a new state senate seat.

No Truce With Kings on September 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Wendy will still have to worry about outcome. Rick Perry defeated former Houston Mayor Bill White by 13 points in the 2010 governor’s race, while back in 1998, when Republicans first swept all statewide offices, George Bush won by 49 percent over Garry Mauro (not with 49 percent. By 49 percent).

For 2014, if Davis loses, she still gets a boost if she can run ahead of White’s results in 2010, but if she’s behind that, or ends up in Garry Mauro 1998 territory, that’s going to be tough to come back from, other than signing up to become a professional CNN or MSNBC talking head.

jon1979 on September 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

So Wendy the Mole thinks she can ride abortion straight into the Governor’s Manson in Texas? Good luck with that!

MPan on September 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

This is what we want…to hear that sucking sound of money draining into a race that can’t be won…

right2bright on September 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Msdnc already touting Davis and her awesome filibuster

Typical

cmsinaz on September 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

She could make a movie about the Invasion of the Baby Snatchers.

Steve Z on September 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

What’s her campaign slogan going to be?

“A dismembered fetus in every pot?”

Thomas More on September 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

If liberal-progressivism is in trouble on a national scale, Wendy Davis in Texas is done for.

She will go the way of all die-hard liberals who have gone down in flames before her… kicking and screeching about every non-issue issue as she goes.

Turtle317 on September 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

jon1979:

Wendy will still have to worry about outcome. Rick Perry defeated former Houston Mayor Bill White by 13 points in the 2010 governor’s race, while back in 1998, when Republicans first swept all statewide offices, George Bush won by 49 percent over Garry Mauro (not with 49 percent. By 49 percent).

For 2014, if Davis loses, she still gets a boost if she can run ahead of White’s results in 2010, but if she’s behind that, or ends up in Garry Mauro 1998 territory, that’s going to be tough to come back from, other than signing up to become a professional CNN or MSNBC talking head.

Agreed. But it’s still her best bet. Losing a State Senate race as an incumbent would kill even an MSNBC career.

No Truce With Kings on September 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

There is so much danger in this election and the Democrats have no idea. They’ll try to localize the damage to Texas by only discussing her talking points, but within Texas she’s going to be painted (correctly) as a butcher who would yank viable babies out of the womb and kill them.

The Dems are blind to the danger of nationalizing the abortion issue when there is a greater understanding of the concept of fetal pain and viability outside the womb.

If this is what they want, let the debate begin.

itsspideyman on September 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

It appears that the headline is in error-”filibuster champ”- it should be “filibuster chump”.

Mason on September 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

The other MAIN reason Wendy Davis is running for governor is because she knows that thanks to her idiotic outburst about abortion that she is now favored to LOSE her SEAT in her own district. So why not run for governor? At least there she will only lose with five to nine point spread, compared to the double digit loss she faces if she tries to keep her position.

eyesights on September 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Agreed. But it’s still her best bet. Losing a State Senate race as an incumbent would kill even an MSNBC career.

No Truce With Kings on September 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I’ve said Davis’ best best from an election standpoint would have been to run for Lt. Governor — the field’s much weaker there, the incumbent already has tepid support among state conservatives because of his campaign against Cruz in last year’s Senate primary, and at least one of the hopefuls — State Sen. Dan Patrick — is the most fond of confrontational sound bites that carry the highest risk/reward chances.

Going against Greg Abbott, who has breezed through his elections as Attorney General, will assure Davis of getting more out-of-state media coverage and campaign donations than running for David Dewhurst’s position. But barring some major gaffe by Abbott or a sudden political scandal like Sharpstown in 1971, Davis is going to have to begin explaining why the state should change course right now when things are going so well in Texas, even before she had to deal with her own supporters (let alone Republicans) wanting to make the entire 2014 campaign about abortion rights.

jon1979 on September 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

What’s your plan to expand the Texas economy?
ABORTION

What will you do about the illegal immigrant situation?
ABORTION

How will you fund our schools?
ABORTION

Any ideas about raising energy costs?
ABORTION

High cost health care premium?
ABORTION

jukin3 on September 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Good. I look forward to Abbot crushing Abortion Barbie.

bitsy on September 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM

jon1979:

But barring some major gaffe by Abbott or a sudden political scandal like Sharpstown in 1971, Davis is going to have to begin explaining why the state should change course right now when things are going so well in Texas, even before she had to deal with her own supporters (let alone Republicans) wanting to make the entire 2014 campaign about abortion rights.

Yeah. She’ll be hoping for a political gaffe like the one that made a woman a governor of Texas the last time a woman (or a Democrat) was governor of Texas.

Afterwards there was a new Aggie joke:

Q. How many Aggies does it take to make a woman governor of the state of Texas?
A. Just one.

Fortunately Greg Abbott isn’t Clayton Williams.

No Truce With Kings on September 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Windy has the fastest catheter in the West.

texasgoat on September 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Abortion fanatic and d-cRAT extremist davis already has her campaign well defined:
Her official campaign color will be “fetus blood red.”
Her honorary campaign manager will be the Butcher of Philly, Kermit Gosnell
Her principal campaign adviser will be Satan
Her main fundraisers will be heathen succubus pelosi and all the members of pelosi’s coven.
Her main campaign workers will be The Seven Deadly Sins.

Yep, davis fully represents the total depravity of the d-cRAT socialist party.

TeaPartyNation on September 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

This saddens me. She’s let it slip she’s running.

Wendy, Wendy, Wendy . . . what a missed opportunity. All over Texas there are wymyn of limited mental ability who feel oppressed by The Patriarchy and inspired by your fearless stand which kept abortion unfettered in the state for an extra week. Literally dozens of wymyn were able to kill their babies in uninspected filthy Planned Parenthood clinics because of YOU, babe. You’re a true Gyno-Warrior and you should act like one.

~

First of all, you should have let your Sisterhood of the Traveling Tennie Pumps draft you. Let them hold rallies, sign petitions, march on the sidewalks (just remember to coordinate with the Slut Walk gals so there is no conflict, mmmkay?) until you finally, tearfully accept on the steps of the Capitol. Remember, “Run, Pat, Run!”? Me neither.

Secondly, you should wrap yourself in your achievement. Get the bloody sheets paper covers from abortion clinics and wave them around at your rallies. Glory in the butchery of those babies. Because that’s who you are and who you represent. You’ve come a long way, Baby!

~

Then, after a humiliating landslide defeat in the election, you can get your ditzy blonde butt back out to the kitchen and make us some sandwiches.

Adjoran on September 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Yeah. She’ll be hoping for a political gaffe like the one that made a woman a governor of Texas the last time a woman (or a Democrat) was governor of Texas.

Afterwards there was a new Aggie joke:

Q. How many Aggies does it take to make a woman governor of the state of Texas?
A. Just one.

Fortunately Greg Abbott isn’t Clayton Williams.

No Truce With Kings on September 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I asked Claytie about that two years ago. He said he was telling the joke to the kitchen staff at his ranch and didn’t realize the press was close enough to hear it. Not quite the same as saying something in front of a hot mike you think is off, but kind of the same.

jon1979 on September 27, 2013 at 4:19 PM

But, but, but, Abortion Barbie has pink shoes!

trs on September 28, 2013 at 7:48 AM