For Wendy Davis, pink sneakers amazingly fail to build lead toward finish line

posted at 5:01 pm on June 29, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Say, do you remember Wendy Davis… the Texas state senator who performed a filibuster while wearing pink sneakers, immediately becoming a Democrat national icon? Well if you do you’re apparently in the minority. After that jackrabbit quick start on a run for governor in the Lone Star state, recent reports indicate that her campaign has somewhat fizzled.

One year after bursting onto the national scene with a marathon filibuster against abortion restrictions, Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator and Democratic nominee for governor, has been doing everything she can to mark the anniversary of that speech last June, even donning the same pink Mizuno sneakers.

The problem: A year after her filibuster pumped her up into the kind of galvanizing candidate Texas Democrats have not had for decades, she seems very much dragged down to earth, dwarfed by the perception that Democrats’ chances of ending the Republican domination of Texas remain slim. Recent polls have shown her trailing her Republican opponent — the state attorney general, Greg Abbott — by up to 12 percentage points…

“She’s not doing as well as people had hoped, expected or wanted,” said Bill Miller, an Austin lobbyist who works with both Democrats and Republicans and who is a friend of Ms. Davis’s. “I think there were unrealistic expectations…”

But Ms. Davis isn’t going to let such talk deter her. The polls are skewed!

Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis said Saturday it’s “absurd” to suggest it’s too late for her to overtake Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in the race for governor

Davis, pausing to speak to reporters after a breakfast speech at the Texas Democratic Convention, said her campaign will have the resources to compete with Abbott.

Greg Abbott is sitting on more than $10M as of the last quarterly campaign finance reports, with the ability to tap into more staunch conservative donors over the summer if need be. We’ll have another week or two to wait before we can find out precisely what sort of “resources” Davis has built up. But this probably has less to do with Davis’ fundraising ability or appeal to the Democrats’ base than they would have you believe. I think a lot of the probably unrealistic assumptions underlying her campaign were based on the predictions that massive immigration was going to be turning Texas blue. That may still happen one of these days, but the numbers seem to indicate that it’s not going to be coming in time to vault Ms. Davis into the lead.

But she’ll always have the sneakers.


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You aren’t going to win in Texas with California “values”.

ConstantineXI on June 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Too much blood on her hands to win in TX…

OmahaConservative on June 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis said Saturday it’s “absurd” to suggest it’s too late for her to overtake Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in the race for governor

She’s right. If she can prove that Greg Abbott has raped squirrels, is a Wiccan cultist, hates football, and was born in California, that should be enough to give her a 50-50 shot.

Stoic Patriot on June 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

But! The polls are skewed!

Judge_Dredd on June 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Oh and anyone who considers this woman attractive needs their head examined. I suppose she’s the best democrats can do though.

Judge_Dredd on June 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Running as a loud-and-proud abortion champion in TX was always a fundamentally silly idea.

Robert_Paulson on June 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Say, do you remember Wendy Davis…

Nope.

battalion on June 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Somehow the pro-life message of Wendy Davis has been lost on Texans.

Jaibones on June 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Say, do you remember Wendy Davis.

I wish I’ve never heard her name. Abortion Barbie’s the gold-digging ho from Hell.

conservative hispanic on June 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

So killing babies isn’t a winning campaign strategy in Texas? Who’da thought!

RJL on June 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Michiganders can warn Texans about the damage a ditsy liberal bleached blonde with an ugly more can do. Jennifer Granholm almost bankrupted the state.

bw222 on June 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM

more = mole

bw222 on June 29, 2014 at 5:26 PM

A less ideologically pure specimen might have modified their views in the face of contary facts. But not you! Your fanatical devotion to a discredited argument is hereby recognized.
 
Tlaloc on May 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM

rogerb on June 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I have faux leopard slippers. Can I be a big city mayor?

WryTrvllr on June 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

2018…….Tejas goes Blue for good.

Just keep the borders open and ship the extras that cross the Rio Grande to whatever Congressional districts need to be flipped to the DEMS!

A teat for all on the Federal sow of the new Meximerica (except you Nativist Racist White European invaders)!!

PappyD61 on June 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

That’s what happens when your claim to fame is killing unborn babies.

Most people have a serious problem with that.

gophergirl on June 29, 2014 at 5:42 PM

That’s what happens when your claim to fame is arguing for the right to kill unborn babies.

Most people have a serious problem with that.

gophergirl on June 29, 2014 at 5:42 PM

OOPS first one wasn’t the best phrasing – sorry

Wish HA had an edit button

gophergirl on June 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Maybe she’s just an idiot…in pink sneakers.

Rational Thought on June 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Wish HA had an edit button

gophergirl on June 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Bcareful what you wish for. Once this place goes Disqus it will.

Judge_Dredd on June 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

For crying out loud this woman is an advocate for infanticide. Who in their right minds could or would support this agenda?

/Kermit Godsell Yeah. Vote for Wendy Davis and her bloody shoes

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

You aren’t going to win in Texas with California “values”.

ConstantineXI on June 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Not yet.

But with this debacle at the border…..

BallisticBob on June 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

You aren’t going to win in Texas with California “values”.

ConstantineXI on June 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Not yet.

But with this debacle at the border…..

BallisticBob on June 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Curious as to where Rick Perry has been on this issue.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM

This can’t be true. I have seen her on many networks presented as the inevitable candidate

faraway on June 29, 2014 at 6:01 PM

I have faux leopard slippers. Can I be a big city mayor?

WryTrvllr on June 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

No. Just. No.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I’m just glad that this race has turned into a money hole for national liberal donors. Some bimbo stands up and filibusters a law that a large majority nationally, never mind in Texas supports, ultimately fails to stop the bill from passing, but never mind. She’s rabidly pro-abortion, so she’s the woman to turn Texas blue.

LukeinNE on June 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM

You mean her filibuster for the right to kill children isn’t resonating with the people?

The Notorious G.O.P on June 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Curious as to where Rick Perry has been on this issue.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM

He authorized millions of Texas tax dollars to secure the border because the Feds won’t do anything. I think it was 2 weeks ago.

gophergirl on June 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

That’s a leotard. Get it straight. I at least want an aldermanship!

WryTrvllr on June 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

That’s a leotard. Get it straight. I at least want an aldermanship!

WryTrvllr on June 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Tough room LOL

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 6:23 PM

He authorized millions of Texas tax dollars to secure the border because the Feds won’t do anything. I think it was 2 weeks ago.

gophergirl on June 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

If I recall, Jan Brewer did the same thing in AZ.

Say…. are you hinting at federal over-reach that led to a crisis? I think there were law suits and stuff.

/

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 6:25 PM

He authorized millions of Texas tax dollars to secure the border because the Feds won’t do anything. I think it was 2 weeks ago.

gophergirl on June 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

If I recall, Jan Brewer did the same thing in AZ.

Say…. are you hinting at federal over-reach that led to a crisis? I think there were law suits and stuff.

/

Crap. Wrong thread.

Key West Reader on June 29, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I truly love this woman.

libfreeordie on May 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Yes you would. Girl, bye.

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM

“Windy” Davis: full of hot air.

SouthernGent on June 29, 2014 at 6:31 PM

As someone who lives here in Texas I can tell you her campaign has been a joke to both republicans and democrats. Outside of the fringe left in Austin she was never seen as a serious candidate.

Ellis on June 29, 2014 at 6:36 PM

She was a Never-Was after she was a Has-Been.

May Fauxcahontas be the next.

PS Give the Choom Gang time. The Children’s Crusade will blow up in their faces, too.

formwiz on June 29, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Somehow the pro-life message of Wendy Davis has been lost on Texans.

Jaibones on June 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

What is that exactly?

Try not to kill your unborn kids. Instead, do what I did, have them and then abandon them to whatever your next new-found need is. – or something?

MistyLane on June 29, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Somehow the pro-life message of Wendy Davis has been lost on Texans.

Jaibones on June 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

That’s what is going to make Grimes lose here in Kentucky, her pro-choice stance. Kentucky is 80% pro-life, so she is going to have an extremely hard row to hoe when McConnell starts blasting away at her position on abortion.

Grimes is trying to emulate Obama in 2008 and run as a blank slate. She has very little on record as far as her position(s) on the issues that concern most voters here. But she is definitely 100% in the abortion on demand crowd.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Thank the good Lord, sanity prevails…………this time. But beware, these beasts are relentless and brutal.

PaCadle on June 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM

With echoes of Ann Richards {RIP} voice bouncing about the ether…

Poor Wendy Davis, she accepted the nomination for Governor of Texas with the silver barrel of a blue state shotgun in her mouth.

Willys on June 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

She should have tried creased pants.

BDavis on June 29, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I, for one, am delighted that this faux celebrity got into the race and thus scared off potentially stronger contenders on the D side. This saved me and my homies quite a bit of coin.

TXUS on June 29, 2014 at 7:34 PM

There are pink shoelaces hanging out of the legs of her tennis shorts. Where are the shoes themselves and why aren’t they helping?

Mason on June 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Poor ole Wendy, soon it will dawn on her that she can only advance so far by having sex.
She is nothing but a whore.

1sttofight on June 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM

It has been 20 years since a democrat won a statewide election in Texas. The democrats don’t even have a decent farm team system to build up a valid candidate. That’s why they went for a momentary flash in the pan because there really was no better option. Bush and Perry were very careful not to take the republican dominance for granted and overreach. Instead, they have worked for a limited government approach which in turn has done wonders for the state economy.
If the media wasn’t so biased, they would report what a difference it makes for limited vs intrusive government (e.g Texas vs California). Instead, we reap what we sow and we are in a poor economy that isn’t getting better no matter how much we throttle business with more regulations.

yetanotherjohn on June 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

It’s almost as if soaking yourself in the blood of dead babies isn’t the most winning of strategies.

Unless you’re in San Francisco, I mean.

Kensington on June 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator and Democratic nominee for governor, has been doing everything she can to mark the anniversary of that speech last June, even donning the same pink Mizuno sneakers.

…maybe it didn’t go with the men’s BVD shorts she was probably wearing too!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 29, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Because nothin’, nothing see, says Texas Liberal Democrat like finding a sugar daddy, dumping your kids on him, and divorcing him the day after he pays of your school tuition loans! Vote Wendy Davis!

eyesights on June 29, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Like Abortion Barbie, I also wear Mizunos.
Mine aren’t pink because my aren’t for show.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

or something?

MistyLane on June 29, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Heh. After the perfect nickname of Abortion Barbie was born, she decided that in fact her radical adherence of abortion for everyone was a “pro-life” position, because the children! or something.

Jaibones on June 29, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Michiganders can warn Texans about the damage a ditsy liberal bleached blonde with an ugly more can do. Jennifer Granholm almost bankrupted the state.

bw222 on June 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Is it dyed? I actually think that mess is a wig. Ever see this hag au naturel?

Jaibones on June 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Saw a pencilneck in a Prius with a Wendy Davis sticker on it near my home tonight. Tried to pull alongside so I could get the driver to lower their window so I could tell them that some f*ckwitted imbecile had put a WD sticker on their car as a joke…

Midas on June 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Thank the good Lord, sanity prevails…………this time. But beware, these beasts are relentless and brutal.

PaCadle on June 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM

… and they’re busy working to import as many reliable Democrat voters into the state as they can, as quickly as they can…

Midas on June 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM

For Wendy Davis to win in Texas Greg Abbott will have to be caught with a bunch of dead hookers and naked boys.

myiq2xu on June 29, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Battle Burial Ground Texas.

Grammar Nazi on June 30, 2014 at 7:12 AM

One of the major problems that Wendy Davis faced, besides lying about her back story, is that she is a one issue candidate. Her only issue is killing babies and trying to stop abortion clinics from having to meet the same standard as other medical clinics.

When Texas was pushing to keep another Kermit Gosnell from happening, Wendy Davis somehow took offense to that.

She is a bad politician regardless of party affiliation or gender.

matthew26 on June 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

She is a bad politician regardless of party affiliation or gender.

matthew26 on June 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

She’s also prone to draining the bank accounts of her male suitors to accomplish her ambitions, and then kicking them to the curb.

Wendy “Black Widow” Davis

BobMbx on June 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM