Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has become a hero and a hope for blue state democrats everywhere. They didn’t think there were any liberals in Texas and she proved there are. Therefore, hope flickers like a candle in the wind that Texas could flip from Red to Blue. In California, New York, Illinois, Vermont, New Jersey democrats are salivating at the prospect that reliably red Texas could go the other way.
Here’s a prediction: not gonna happen, Wendy Davis or no Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis has decided that defending the right of a woman to abort her child when the child is on the cusp of the third trimester is going to be her cause, almost as if she slept through the recent horror we call the Kermit Gosnell trial. She is presently standing and fillibustering to defend the exact protocol of the Gosnell abortion clinic: very late term abortions in which the baby would otherwise not only survive, but thrive.
As a result, the very attractive, articulate and accomplished Wendy Davis has rallied the liberals of Austin (in Texas they seem to group-up there), and New York City, and Los Angeles (Hollywood especially) and San Francisico and Boston, just to name a few of the liberal capitols. Problem is Davis’ position is not actually popular in Texas. The Texas legislature is hell bent on making abortion illegal after the 20th week, and 62% of Texans agree.
So while there are fervent hopes on the left that one day Texas will become a bastion of liberal policies, and even that Wendy Davis could lead the charge, it’s wishful thinking in extremis.
Davis is being encouraged to run for governor. If she does, it will be a political suicide mission. She may as well try wingwalking on a doomed aerobatic bi-plane, to borrow a recent image in the news. She may be an attractive politician on the surface, but –here’s my prediction–Texas voters will not focus on her ‘women’s rights’ issue as much as the rights of the child who is the target of the abortion.
Now, having said all that, could Wendy Davis still be elected governor? Perhaps, but it will be California or New York or Vermont, not Texas.
That’s my call. Go ahead, hold me to it.