Blue on blue: Wendy Davis’ camp slams DGA

posted at 2:01 pm on April 30, 2014 by Guy Benson

The Democratic Governors Association is currently engaged in political triage, a routine political ritual in which parties set priorities for spending over a campaign season’s home stretch. Analysts create tiers of races based on the likelihood of victory, then proceed to distribute resources accordingly. The DGA is out with its revamped 2014 list, and some contests didn’t make the cut — a clear indicator of where the national party is anticipating defeat. Being left on the outside looking in can be a traumatic experience for spurned candidates, as the kiss-off can be lethal to fundraising and building momentum. Heartache:

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association gave a less-than-rosy assessment of Sen. Wendy Davis’ chances Tuesday and got a slam in return from her campaign. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, association chairman, failed to cite the Texas Democrat’s race for governor against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott as a top target in talking to reporters, The Wall Street Journal reported. Instead, Shumlin pointed to races in Maine, Florida, Pennsylvania and, secondarily, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan. “We’re hopeful in Texas but we all understand that Democrats haven’t won Texas in a long time,” he said. “I wish that we could spend money for Democrats in all 50 states. My job is not to promote governors’ races in states where we can’t win.”

It seems as though the Democrats have concluded that a late-term abortion cheerleader has little chance in Texas, and Wendy Davis’ crew is hopping mad about it:

Davis’ camp has questioned [polls showing Davis trailing by double digits] and slapped back at Shumlin’s remarks in a statement by campaign manager Karin Johanson. “The uninformed opinions of a Washington, D.C., desk jockey who’s never stepped foot in Texas couldn’t be less relevant to what’s actually happening on the ground,” Johanson said…Asked how Shumlin could be characterized as a Washington desk jockey, Davis campaign communications director Zac Petkanas said Johanson was “referring to whoever at the DGA prepared the governor’s talking points.”

What’s “happening on the ground” is Wendy Davis is losing, and it doesn’t appear to be especially close.  Also interesting about Shumlin’s assessment is the notable absence of two other Western states from the DGA’s radar: New Mexico and Nevada.  Both blue states are governed by popular Hispanic Republican incumbents, and Democrats have all but given up on unseating either of them.  (Mother Jones hardest hit).  The original Wall Street Journal piece quoting Shumlin noted that Democrats are still intent on defeating Scott Walker in Wisconsin, but that project isn’t going especially well.  As we noted a few weeks ago, Walker has held a stable lead in the race, with the state’s economic indicators looking solid.  Challenger Mary Burke’s first television ad claimed that unemployment has risen on Walker’s watch, a statement that was immediately pilloried by fact-checkers and slapped down in a tough response ad.  Burke can’t catch a break:

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dipped below 6.0% in March to a five-year low of 5.9%, down from 6.1% in February, reaching its lowest point since November 2008. Thursday’s report from state Department of Workforce Development, which is based on preliminary estimates, shows that Wisconsin gradually is approaching pre-recession employment levels. The March unemployment rate also lies well below a high point of 9.2% in 2009, although not yet back to levels around 5% prior to the 2008 financial crisis, which triggered the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Wisconsin’s jobless rate remains below the national unemployment rate, which was unchanged in March at 6.7%.

Another Journal piece demonstrates how on a policy level, Walker has already won – confirming an observation we made recently:

It was the most searing political fight in Wisconsin’s recent history. Yet, as Democrat Mary Burke campaigns for governor across the state, it is as if the battle that curbed union benefits, eroded labor’s clout and made Gov. Scott Walker a star within the Republican Party never happened…Ms. Burke largely steers clear of the 2011 law championed by Mr. Walker that drew tens of thousands of protesters to the Capitol in Madison while coming to define the governor’s tenure. As Democrats see it, there is no realistic path to victory over Mr. Walker in November by building a campaign around restoring Wisconsin’s public-employee unions to their former status. That fight has been fought—and lost, many Democrats said. Mr. Walker won a recall election in 2012 that was largely a referendum on his tussles with the unions.

The reforms are working, union membership is cratering, and Democrats have resigned themselves to defeat on Walker’s signature accomplishment.  Circling back to Texas, I’ll leave you with Republican Greg Abbott’s latest ad against Wendy Davis.  Abortion extremism + tax-and-spend ideology + FBI investigation = Loss.  No wonder the DGA is cutting and running:


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Go Texas!!!

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

How about the Daughters of Satan??

Are they still on board??

ToddPA on April 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The DGA fluked Wendy.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

From the headline, for a moment there I thought Wendy Davis was going after the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Big Hollywood Money. That would be blue on blue, too.

Starting to think she might not win.

de rigueur on April 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

This woman is to abortion what that Todd Akin is to prolife. A crackpot.

pat on April 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

They gave her hope and then they snatched it. Cruel.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

HA classic of all times

We now know who lostmotherland is…
In response to the question ‘How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator?’ one of Hot Air’s resident Progtard ‘scholars’ responded:

‘Gerrymandering.’
- lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

So the State of Texas, IN ITS FVCKING ENTIRETY, is gerrymandered?
Gerrymandering only factors into House seats and state/local districts. And, of course, it is not limited to one party
- Me
lostmotherland = Touré
Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

#WarOnWomen

portlandon on April 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Recent HA classic

Sometimes it becomes crysral clear that the real problem around here and similar forums is that you guys really aren’t very smart.

everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Poor thing, she’ll either have to sell those shoes or find another sugar daddy to marry and then divorce.

Don’t worry, Wendy, you still have the support of Gosnell and jimbo56/3.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Oh, and thuja too.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Awww…too bad, so sad

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Texas Democratic party, perfectly depicted, limp.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

As a consolation, she’ll sleep with an owner of a major
league sports franchise, tape him making Sexist statements,
then take him to the cleaners for Millions…

ToddPA on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Everyone here in Texas knew that Wendy’s campaign was never gonna go full term.

Tom Servo on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

They gave her hope and then they snatched it. Cruel.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Cruel snatch indeed.

TinFin on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I remember a hilarious NYT Wendy Davis piece that was practically “Fort Worth: the City Wendy Davis Built”. “As I leave a thriving downtown with new skyscrapers in this sleepy cow-town now there as a result of her time on the city council…..” Wish I could remember the author because he actually responded to my laughing e-mails.

Marcus on April 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Blue on blue…

My favorite color combination. Goes especially well with pink sneakers on bottle-blondes.

SteveInRTP on April 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM

…the slut…wants to be paid!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Time to cue up Fats Domino’s Ain’t that a Shame

rbj on April 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Everyone here in Texas knew that Wendy’s campaign was never gonna go full term.

Tom Servo on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Cruel snatch indeed.

TinFin on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Both of you, get out!

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Cruel snatch indeed.

TinFin on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

…ISWYDT

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Everyone here in Texas knew that Wendy’s campaign was never gonna go full term.

Tom Servo on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Shut it down. Winner.

TinFin on April 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Well OBVIOUSLY the GOP must have gerrymandered the state to keep Wendy out of the Governor’s office also.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

#AbortionBarbie

reddevil on April 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Jeantel of HA was snatched.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM

that was fast

DanMan on April 30, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Everyone here in Texas knew that Wendy’s campaign was never gonna go full term.

Tom Servo on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

It will go full term…but it’ll be a Gosnell live-birth-abortion.

The irony is sure painful and schadenfreudig.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The ugly is strong with this one.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Abbot will keep Wendy’s feet in a pickling jar on his desk after the election.

The lefties would be cool with that.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Fortunately he and his wife are decent people.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Maybe Wendykins should call in her reinforcements

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

What’s “happening on the ground” is Wendy Davis is losing, and it doesn’t appear to be especially close.

Will miracles never cease? Call the Vatican!

Don’t mess with Texas.

Er … could we include the rest of the USA in that?

Chuck Ef on April 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

But Bishop, no objection to him keeping her pink running shoes, or a model thereof, in a jar in his office.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

They gave her hope and then they snatched it. Cruel.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Cruel snatch indeed.

TinFin on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Hey, it’s not a snatch! It’s a Texan Snapping Turtle!

Rix on April 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Texas Democratic party, perfectly depicted, limp.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Wow, there’s actually a Texasdemocrat website. On the plus side, I was the 25th visitor to the site and recieved a BOGO coupon for an abortion.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on April 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

She was always going to lose, there was no question of that.

The question was how much could the Dems nationalize the race to try to hurt Repubs elsewhere. And how many dollars could she raise for the pro-abort cause. We’re seeing the answer: not much.

The only bad thing about this is that now she won’t suck as many Dem dollars away from critical races elsewhere.

Gonna be a long six months for Wendy. I wonder if she’ll drop out when even the dumb Hollywood celebrities no longer want to be seen with a known loser.

Missy on April 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

The ugly is strong with this one.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Dang, you guys are a tough crowd. I think she’s very pretty.

Deranged, but pretty.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Hell hath no fury like a scorned woman.

Beer and popcorn for the house!!

Harbingeing on April 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Really glad to see this.

She’s an embarrassment to females everywhere, and the sooner the public eye is focused on a more worthy role model, the better it will be for young women across America.

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

The ugly is strong with this one.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Dang, you guys are a tough crowd. I think she’s very pretty.

Deranged, but pretty.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Her ugliness runs deep beneath the surface.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

That depends on whether you’re looking at the superficial or go deeper in defining what is or not “pretty”.

She has an ugly character.

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Deranged, but pretty.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

We were quoting lostmotherland.

On your taste…go wash your keyboard :)

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

The Planned Parenthood Platform yielded Poor Performance.

Gee, who could’ve ever guessed that?

M240H on April 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Heh. Something-something about great minds applies here.

I must have been typing while you were posting.

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

She’s no Ann Richards.

Even if you don’t agree with her politics, she was a hoot.

tru2tx on April 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The demorat party isn’t willing to support the female candidate, if Repubs were to do this it would be yet another War On Women freakout.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I agree. Now I might, if I had her money, get that mole beauty mark taken off my face.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Deranged, but pretty.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

We were quoting lostmotherland.

On your taste…go wash your keyboard :)

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

You cannot blame Bob for wanting a sure thing. Just hide your wallet.

TinFin on April 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Just remember: according to the media, Wendy Davis is the smart one and Sarah Palin is the dumb one.

Wendy will sink back into oblivion after the November election, a shame since Abortion Barbie is a joke in search of a punch line.

As someone who has been through it with Granholm, here’s my advice to Texans: Beware of bleached blondes with big, ugly moles.

bw222 on April 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM

She steered favors to her law firm as a state senator.Her crew makes jokes about Abbott being in a wheel chair.Didn’t sit well down here.
The cherry is the abortion thing.

docflash on April 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Even if you don’t agree with her politics, she was a hoot.

tru2tx on April 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

And she knew how to hold a gun, even if this me-too borrowed said gun. Scroll down a tad.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Her ugliness runs deep beneath the surface.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Oh, I totally agree. I’m only talking about the surface.

If you didn’t know who she was, you might look at her and think she was a very attractive lady. Knowing her, though, I wouldn’t want to get within 10 feet of her.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Karin Johanson says, ”The uninformed opinions of a Washington, D.C., desk jockey who’s never stepped foot in Texas couldn’t be less relevant to what’s actually happening on the ground.”

Did she just sum up the problem of why big, centrally planned, government doesn’t work? You know, the kind her party supports?

tkc882 on April 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Now I might, if I had her money, get that mole beauty mark taken off my face.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Definitely. I don’t get that whole Cindy Crawford beauty mark thing. My sister had hers removed at a young age, not because of how it looked but because she was worried it might become cancerous later in life.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Abortion Barbie sold her soul for nothing.

Iblis on April 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

And she knew how to hold a gun, even if this me-too borrowed said gun. Scroll down a tad.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Dang – she broke Ann’s skeet gun!/!

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Who’s waging the war on wimmin now, huh? Eat it, honey.

Kissmygrits on April 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Wow, there’s actually a Texasdemocrat website. On the plus side, I was the 25th visitor to the site and recieved a BOGO coupon for an abortion.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on April 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

brilliant post.

ToddPA on April 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

And she knew how to hold a gun, even if this me-too borrowed said gun. Scroll down a tad.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Ha – Barbie looks like the shotgun is going to bite her. Ann looks pretty comfortable with it.

tru2tx on April 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I could be wrong, but I seem to remember reading that some kinds of moles can’t be removed safely.

I do think she’s pretty on the outside though the recent bleach job (she had mousy brown hair when elected state senator IIRC) is a little odd. And her clothes have changed drastically as well. The filibuster clothes looked tailored and quite expensive.

It seemed pretty obvious that the whole filibuster/campaign thing was staged by some deep pro-abort pockets as part of the “turn Texas blue” effort. They bought her the clothes and prettied her up and made sure the media got alerted to the pink shoes, etc. We’ll probably find out soon enough.

Missy on April 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Now I might, if I had her money, get that mole beauty mark taken off my face.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Give Wendy a quarter, tell her to go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off her face.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Well OBVIOUSLY the GOP must have gerrymandered the state to keep Wendy out of the Governor’s office also.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

You can’t look at Oklahoma and say that Texas isn’t gerrymandered.

Immolate on April 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

“Shumlin pointed to races in…secondarily, Wisconsin…”

Supporting a Dem candidate against Scott Walker in Wisconsin as opposed to supporting Wendy Davis’ run in Texas?

Game over.

NoPain on April 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Another gold-digging whore in the news! They’re on a run!

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

The Demo’s latest star has gone supernova.

formwiz on April 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Davis who ?

listens2glenn on April 30, 2014 at 3:06 PM

If you didn’t know who she was, you might look at her and think she was a very attractive lady. Knowing her, though, I wouldn’t want to get within 10 feet of her.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

maybe…but since I do know who and what she is, then I know she’s suffers from a particular kind of ugly. Somewhere in her house is a closet where she has a portrait which continually reveals ever worsening ugliness.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I love it when the Dems go at each other. Pass the chips n salsa

neyney on April 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

hawkeye54:

hey, man, we miss you at the MM blog. What gives?

conservative hispanic on April 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

What the hell Presstitutes what about them SHOES?

Missilengr on April 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

formwiz:

You mean, imploded into a white dwarf. Wait, is that racist?/SARC

conservative hispanic on April 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

DGA? I thought it was Daughters of Guns and Ammo for a moment.

claudius on April 30, 2014 at 3:19 PM

As a Texan I’ve been telling y’all that pink shoes never had a chance. No one even mentions her. There are no bumper stickers ( except in liberal Austin ) she doesn’t have a strong presence here in Ft Worth. Considering she was the state senator from here that should tell you something. She will lose.

neyney on April 30, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Wasted ad, though. Stupid static etc I could barely understand the message. Never let the artists run things.

doufree on April 30, 2014 at 3:20 PM

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Of course, if she had her money and my face, she’d probably get a transplant.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

You can’t look at Oklahoma and say that Texas isn’t gerrymandered.

Immolate on April 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Have the Dems gerrymandered Texas right way for Wendy to win the Governor race?

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Yeah, but she has a grate personality.

NOMOBO on April 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

‘Gerrymandering.’
- lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Ha – I remember that.

Missy on April 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

hawkeye54:

hey, man, we miss you at the MM blog. What gives?

conservative hispanic on April 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Still there when the mood and strikes to comment on a topic. Been on vacation and away from the internet for awhile.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin: “…My job is not to promote governors’ races in states where we can’t win.”

I guess being Governor of Vermont isn’t a real job, which is why this is even a question.

Of course I’m in Oregon, where being Governor hasn’t been a real job in a long time.

Marcola on April 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

@Bishop

LOL! She even looks like the ugly lady from Uncle Buck! Good one!

I was scared sh*tless for a while that she had a chance. Now I can lay off the Pepto a bit.

TexasJack on April 30, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Dang, you guys are a tough crowd. I think she’s very pretty.

Deranged, but pretty.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Sure…as soon as she can get a rat to chew that thing off her face…..

BigWyo on April 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM

I’m with Missy … happy/sad … Glad that her efforts will be curtailed, but disappointed that the nat’l dems won’t LOSE a lot of $$$ on this broad.
Poor baby.

pambi on April 30, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Cruel snatch indeed.

TinFin on April 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

OMG, here come Billary’s misogynist police.

But it is a shame when such a beautiful and, by all reports, very smart lady seems to be so low on the philosophical food chain.

And don’t forget the coming attractions for 2016 – “misogyny” is the old “racist”. Or something like that.

Chuck Ef on April 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Buck Russell: Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.

WaldoTJ on April 30, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Dang, you guys are a tough crowd. I think she’s very pretty.

Deranged, but pretty.

UltimateBob on April 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Sure…as soon as she can get a rat to chew that thing off her face…..

BigWyo on April 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM

That’s not a mole, it’s a side effect of too many facelifts. The other one is on the other side, hidden by her hair.

slickwillie2001 on April 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

But, but… Pink Shoes!!!

RJL on April 30, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Everytime there is something about a female Democrat a whole bunch of you jump on and call her ugly. The way she looks is irrelevant. You can disagree with her politics but that has nothing to do with her looks. A lot of Democrat women look unkempt but not all of them.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Davis receiving Ann Richards’ shotgun…

Texas Democratic party, perfectly depicted, limp.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Poor Wendy Davis, she accepted the nomination with a silver shotgun barrel in her mouth

Willys on April 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Too bad. Wendy is so very photogenic.

Sherman1864 on April 30, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Lots of metaphors come to mind regarding DGA “cutting off support” for the hopeless Wendy Davis campaign prior to going “full term” for the election: “political abortion,” “stillborn campaign,” “political miscarriage,”….Oh, well.

opaobie on May 1, 2014 at 1:06 AM