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Report: Wendy Davis likely to announce gubernatorial bid in Texas

posted at 11:39 am on September 19, 2013 by

To which the Republican Party of Texas replied, “thank you very much:”

Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democrat who filibustered an abortion law for nearly 13 hours wearing pink running shoes, began the slow rollout of her campaign for Texas governor on Wednesday with an email asking supporters to spread the word and donate money ahead of a “what’s next” announcement. The Fort Worth Democrat stopped short of revealing her decision, saying she would make a formal announcement about her decision on Oct. 3. But the well-trodden tactic of announcing an announcement clearly signals a campaign far larger than a re-election bid to her state Senate seat. The slow roll out has become a hallmark of modern campaigns. No other Democrat has expressed interest in running for governor in Texas, where a Democrat hasn’t won a statewide office in 20 years.

Abortion is unpopular in America.  Late-term abortion is exceptionally unpopular.  That’s especially true in red states like Texas.  But I’m sure Davis’ abortion extremism will really play well with key Democratic voting blocs like women — oh wait! — and Hispanics — oh wait, again!   Hey, if Democrats want to nominate an unremarkable state legislator best known for wearing “cute shoes” while valiantly defending infanticide (and failing), who are conservatives to discourage them?    Texas voters and MSNBC hosts are virtually indistinguishable, Wendy.  Go for it.

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Guy Benson, your support of amnesty, something that would give Democrats more power and would, therefore, mean easier-to-get and drastically increased numbers of abortions, belies your expressed opposition to abortion.

bluegill on September 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hey pink shoes I’m in Fort Worth and let me assure you. Not only will you not win the governorship but the smack down will be epic! Evil b!

neyney on September 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Sadly, young hispanic voters are strongly pro-abortion, Guy. Even more than young white voters. Stop kidding yourself with the “natural conservative voter bloc” canard.

bluegill on September 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Good! Let NARAL blow its load on the Texas gubernatorial race.

blammm on September 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

If Wendy Davis runs for governor it is going to be “bug, meet windshield.” Why should she run for governor? Because if she runs for re-election as state senator after her filibuster it is going to “bug, meet windshield,” too. She has seriously annoyed voters in her senate district.

If you have to lose, you are better off losing an race for a new office, especially a higher office than if you lose a race for re-election. She is doing this to preserve her political viability, long term.

This assumes she wins the primary. Back in the early 1990s my then-Representative John Bryan ran for senate rather than face a Republican insurgent for his Congressional race. (The Republican came within 1000 votes of beating Bryan in 1994.) Bryan would have run against Phil Graham, and almost certainly lost. But this was supposed to be a setup for a future race, when an open Senate seat occurred. Unfortunately, Bryan lost in the primary to a social-studies teacher in his first race. It was a career ender. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.

No Truce With Kings on September 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Blue,

If you click the link I provided, you’ll see that Hispanics support the late-term abortion ban by a 3-to-1 margin. And according to a 2012 Harvard poll of millenials, 64% support greater restrictions on abortion, including a slim majority who oppose all or most abortion.

You may now return to your tiresome hobby-horse trolling.

Guy Benson on September 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Dr. Goesnell could have been such a good attorney general for her.

onomo on September 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Bring on Abortion Barbie! I love seeing the Texas Dem’s immolate themselves with the Great New Hope every 4 years.

The sad fact is that if Wendy wasn’t going to step up, they didn’t have anybody who even wanted the nomination besides Kinky Friedman. (And actually, I could just about vote for him! But he knows that all government is just a big joke)

Tom Servo on September 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

But I’m sure Davis’ abortion extremism will really play well with key Democratic voting blocs like women — oh wait! — and Hispanics — oh wait, again!

C’mon, Guy. You know they won’t care about her stance on abortion. Plus, the Dems will ignore this issue and then ask why Republicans want to focus on abortion. And then Milbank and Frum will scold Republicans for talking about abortion. This cycle gets tiresome.

Hat Trick on September 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Hmmmm, gotta wonder if there’s some kind of…..problem with the Castro Brothers…I wonder what native Spanish speakers make of their accents?

Sekhmet on September 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

#AbortionBarbie

reddevil on September 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Hat Trick – I suspect there are other issues to go after her on. Gun control for one. Won’t be hard to paint her as a gun grabber, based on her votes when she was on the Ft. Worth city council.

Like I said earlier: “bug, meet windshield.”

No Truce With Kings on September 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Hey hagfish, since you know so much, start your own blog and quit crapping on this one.

cozmo on September 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Can you imagine the ego it takes to have the requisite self-delusion to believe that you could win on this platform in Texas?

Meric1837 on September 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Been waiting for this since the Left made her their new sweetheart. It’s going to be delicious.

NOMOBO on September 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

She’s the perfect DEM candidiate. No substance, just a lot of self-righteous speechifying and emotional appeals with props.

May she’ll dress as a vagina and walk around the capital. That’ll really shake things up in Texas! That would teach those stodgy ol’ Republicans what America is all about! /

mankai on September 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

So she’s gonna throw her bloodstained shoes into the ring. Wonderful.

NotCoach on September 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Blue,

If you click the link I provided, you’ll see that Hispanics support the late-term abortion ban by a 3-to-1 margin. And according to a 2012 Harvard poll of millenials, 64% support greater restrictions on abortion, including a slim majority who oppose all or most abortion.

You may now return to your tiresome hobby-horse trolling.

Guy Benson on September 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

You don’t believe the “young Hispanics” being so hung-ho about abortion, even “more than white voters”? I’m sure Blue would love to supply the link. Imagine, more than white voters!

Marcus on September 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

gung-ho

Marcus on September 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Like a Wisconsin recall, there’s nothing I like so much as watching Dimocrats pi** away their own money for a change.

RUN FORREST WENDY !

M240H on September 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM